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Guitarist J. Geils has died, aged 71

12 April 2017 Music News

The guitarist J. Geils has died, aged 71.

Geils was best known for forming the band which carried his name. The J. Geils Band, who formed in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, were most prolific in the 70s and 80s, releasing 14 albums between 1970 and 1984.

The blues rock band became best known for such singles as ‘Must Of Got Lost’ (1975), ‘Love Stinks’ (1980) and ‘Come Back’ (1980). Their sole number one single in the US, ‘Centerfold’, hit the top of the charts in 1981. The album that ‘Centerfold’ was taken from, ‘Freeze-Frame’, also hit number one in the charts in the same year.

The band would only release one more album after their 1981 success, with their 14th and final album ‘You’re Gettin’ Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd’ being released in 1984. The band split up the year after, but reformed in 1999 to play occasional reunion shows.

Geils was found dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts yesterday (April 11). Police said he died of natural causes.