J. Geils of 1980s J. Geils Band found dead

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: J. Geils of 1980s J. Geils Band found dead

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J. Geils of 1980s J. Geils band found dead in his Groton, Mass. home


John Warren Geils Jr., the artist known professionally as J. Geils who gave his name to the 1980s rock group he founded, The J. Geils Band, was found dead in his Groton, Mass., home Tuesday. He was 71.

Groton Chief of Police Donald Palma Jr. confirmed the death but did not immediately provide details.


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Geils was a vocalist and guitarist for The J. Geils Band, which he formed in Worcester, Mass., in 1967, when he was attending school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

In the 1970s, the band achieved success with a bluesy-rock sound and built up a strong following by constant touring, opening for such bands as The Allman Brothers and The Byrds. They were known for their use of the harmonica as a lead instrument.

They moved to a more mainstream hit-making new-wave sound in the 1980s. Their third album, Freeze Frame, was No. 1 for four weeks in 1983, and its hit song, Centerfold, was No. 1 for six weeks on the Billboard Top 100. Another song fans might remember from 1980: The humorous Love Stinks.

The band broke up in 1985 but got back together for reunions regularly ever since.

When not playing music, Geils was restoring sports cars, starting a performance shop, KTR European Motorsports, in Ayer, Mass., after he started collecting Italian motorcycles and sports cars. According to Hemmings, a car-collecting marketplace online, by the time he sold the business about a decade ago, it was known as the "house that rock built."

In 1992, Geils joined his old bandmate Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz to form the band Bluestime, which released two records: the self-titled Bluestime (1994) and Little Car Blues (1996) on Rounder Records.

The J. Geils Band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the fourth time last fall but again was not selected as part of the 2017 class. At the time, Salwitz told Billboard, "It's great to be recognized, but it's a drag to be disappointed."
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:55 pm    Post subject:

His blood ran cold.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:53 pm    Post subject:

Now I got Freeze Frame in my head. That's gonna stay in there for awhile. Oingo Boingo didn't even have a song that frenetically catchy. Centerfold, Love Stinks, FF and a couple others from the 70s. At least J. Geils wasn't a 1-hit wonder although they've been condensed to Centerfold on Jack FM, etc. Centerfold is a classic early MTV video as well. Can never go wrong with panty-clad co-eds.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:56 pm    Post subject:

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His blood ran cold.


His memory has just been sold??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqDjMZKf-wg
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:41 pm    Post subject:

I was actually just YouTube'n these guys a couple weeks ago. Catchy, high energy pop tunes and really underrated harmonies.

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