You may not recognize the name John Warren Geils Jr., but if you spent any time listening to rock radio in the 1980s, you've nearly certainly heard the music that he recorded with his eponymous J. Geils Band.
Guitarist John Warren Geils Jr., popularly known as J. Geils, was found dead at the age of 71 in his home in Groton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. The chief of police who confirmed the death to USA Today did not immediately provide further details. Officers performing a well-being check on the artist located Geils, who was unresponsive and was later declared dead on the scene.
The band's early albums were not huge sellers but they burnished their reputation with their high-energy performances, eventually releasing three concert LPs during their active days.
The band, which was often compared to Boston-natives Aerosmith, formed in 1967, released 11 albums and split in 1985 due to conflicts between Geils Jr and members Seth Justman and Peter Wolf.
No cause of death was immediately reported, but according to TMZ, police don't suspect foul play. The blues rock- and R&B-influenced band was best known for songs like "Centerfold", "Love Stinks" and "Freeze Frame".
Founded in 1967, The J Geils Band released 11 studio albums, among them the U.S. chart-topping Freeze-Frame, before breaking up in 1985.
In 1970, the band was signed to Atlantic records and, on November 16, 1970, released their debut album. That song remained at the number one spot on the Billboard Top 100 chart for six weeks in 1982.
While the band was tour throughout the 1980s, their opening acts included rock greats such as The Eagles, Billy Joel, ZZ Top and U2.
During their five-decade career they have been nominated four times for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but have never been inducted.
Here are the five hits by The J. Geils Band.
He met band mates Danny Klein and "Magic Dick" Salwitz at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was studying mechanical engineering.
Musicians from all different genres also took to social media to pay their respects on Tuesday night after hearing the news. In the 2000s, he released a few solo records.
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