The J. Geils Band was an American rock band formed in 1968, in Worcester, Massachusetts, under the leadership of guitarist John "J." Geils. The other band members included vocalist Peter Wolf, harmonica player Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz, drummer Stephen Bladd, vocalist/keyboardist Seth Justman and bassist Danny Klein. Wolf and Justman served as principal songwriters. The band played R&B-influenced blues rock during the 1970s and soon achieved commercial success before moving towards a more radio-friendly sound in the early 1980s, which brought the band to its commercial peak. After Wolf left the band in 1983 to pursue a solo career, the band released one more album in 1984 with Justman on lead vocals before breaking up in 1985. Beginning in 1999, the band had several reunions prior to the death of its namesake founder J. Geils on April 11, 2017.
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Two classic tracks make surges and rank on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart (dated April 29): Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song"...
via Billboard at April 20, 2017
“Centerfold,” “Freeze-Frame” and “Love Stinks” were among the band’s most popular songs.
via New York Times at April 14, 2017
The death this week of J. Geils Band co-founder and guitarist Jay Geils prompts a look back at the strange, between-worlds year of music in which the group cemented its legacy.
via NPR at April 14, 2017
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