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J. Geils, Founder of the J. Geils Band, Dies at 71

J. Geils performing with the J. Geils Band. Photo by Carl Lender at http://flickr.com/photos/clender/

John Warren Geils Jr., known professionally as J. Geils, has died at the age of 71.

Geils was found unresponsive in his home in Groton, MA Tuesday after officer’s responded to a well-being check. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  According to a statement by police, a preliminary investigation indicated that Geils died of natural causes.

John Warren “J.” Geils Jr. was born February 20, 1946 in New York City. He formed the J. Geils Band during his time at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he studied mechanical engineering. They released their debut album, Love Stinks, in 1980. Their sophomore effort, Freeze Frame, featured the song “Centerfold,” which held the #1 chart position for six weeks.

The J. Geils Band broke up in 1985 and Geils himself took a break from music to focus on other interests. The band reunited several times in recent years but Geils permanently left the group following a legal incident in 2012 surrounding use of the band’s name.

Geils had been residing in Groton, MA for the last 35 years.

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