Geils Band Guitarist J. Geils 1946

The band was founded in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, while Geils was studying at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

John Geils Jr, the United States guitarist who founded The J Geils Band and had a global hit with the song Centrefold, has died at the age of 71.

Police are investigating the death as a standard procedure. That track spent six weeks atop the pop charts in the US, with "Freeze-Frame" atop the album charts for four weeks. But they became synonymous to many with their early '80s hits 'Centerfold, ' which topped the Billboard chart, and 'Freeze-Frame.' They had 18 entries on the Hot 100, including seven other top 40 hits, and achieved six gold U.S. albums, one of them also platinum.

"A preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes", they said.

The J. Geils Band released a total of 12 albums over the course of 10 years.

Caption: J Geils Of The J Geils Band at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago Illinois, April 11, 1980.


The band toured constantly in the '70s and shared the stage with a who's who of the day's rock acts. After Wolf left the group in 1983, the remaining members produced another album, "You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Old", and one single, "Concealed Weapons", before breaking up in 1985.

"As news of Geils's death spread on social media Tuesday night, Wolf posted a warmhearted, if somewhat benign note on Facebook: "'Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house!

"All our love and sympathy to the family and friends of John Warren Geils Jr.", Van Zandt wrote on Twitter.

This year, the J. Geils band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the fourth time, but ultimately was not selected as part of the 2017 class.

When the J. Geils Band hit the road in 2012, its namesake had been replaced on guitar by Duke Levine, and Geils never played with the band again.

  • Kyle Peterson