J. Geils of The J. Geils Band Found Dead in Groton Home


A spokesman for the Groton Police Department said the department did a well-being check at Geils' home Tuesday afternoon finding Geils dead at the scene. John Warren Geils Jr., better known as J. Geils, was the founder and guitarist for the J. Geils Band.

Geils lived in Groton for over three decades, and his love for the town has led to Groton, in 2007, designating December 1 as "J".

The band were busy through the 1970's, maintaining a constant touring schedule that saw them open for such bands as The Allman Brothers and The Byrds.

Geils released two albums with his band, Bluestime, in the Nineties and returned to his jazz roots on his more recent solo albums. A single from the disc, "Centerfold", charted at Number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982 and stayed there for six weeks. The three moved to almost Boston, and with the addition of keyboardist Seth Justman, drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and singer Peter Wolf they became The J. Geils Band, landing their first record deal in 1970. Most recently, they served as the opening act for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band during their North American tour in 2015.

Geils was born in New York City and rose to fame after studying at Northeastern University and then the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

J. Geils Band changed labels in the late 1970s and received a strong push from Capitol, resulting in hit songs Just Can't Wait and title track Love Stinks on their 1980 release.

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The band's success was relatively shortlived. The band broke up in 1985.

In 2012, the band went out on tour without Geils who filed an unsuccessful lawsuit trying to stop the band from using his name.

Geils' lawyer, Charles Grimes explained the claim.

Geils continued to play for the next 30 years, usually with some combination of his former bandmates. This instrumental jammer was led by Magic Dick's harmonica.

Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Governor also spoke of his love for the band on Twitter.