By Evan Minsker.
J. Geils, the guitarist and leader of the J. Geils Band, has died, WCVB TV Boston reports. John Warren Geils, Jr. was reportedly found dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts. The Groton Police Department released a statement saying they are investigating the death, but they noted that “foul play is not suspected at this time.” He was 71. Geils formed the J. Geils Band in 1967. Their debut self-titled album was released by Atlantic Records in 1970. They released 11 studio albums, including their 1982 chart-topper Freeze-Frame. That album included their biggest single “Centerfold,” which spent six weeks at No. 1. The band broke up in 1985, though they reunited off and on throughout the years. Geils left the band for good in 2012. Beyond the popularity of the J. Geils Band, Geils also released jazz and blues records under the name “Jay Geils.” He was a car racing and restoration enthusiast.
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