Sadly, guitarist John Warren Geils Jr., known to the world as J. Geils, died on Tuesday in his Massachusetts home. He was 71. Geils was the founder and lead guitarist of the wildly popular band The J.Geils Band. The band attained acclaimed status with a string of chart-topping hits in the ‘80s that included Love Stinks, Freeze Frame and Centerfold. Police found Geils dead in his home around 4 p.m. and they said that “a preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes.”
Geils started the band in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, while studying mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The group signed with Atlantic Records in 1970.
The band, led by Geils’ driving guitar and vocalist Peter Wolf, scored their biggest hit with Centerfold in 1981. The song held the number one spot on the Billboard charts for six weeks. Vocalist Peter Wolf Tweeted this:
Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils pic.twitter.com/r3v50eQZ2w
— Peter Wolf (@PeterWolf_Woofa) April 12, 2017
R.I.P. J. Geils. You were great.