J. Geils Band guitarist and co-founder J. Geils was found dead yesterday (April 11th) in his home in Groton, Massachusetts, where he had lived since 1982. Apparently although the cause of death is not yet known, foul play has been ruled out.
Geils was born John Warren Geils Jr. on February 20th, 1946 in New York City and in the mid-’60s formed the Geils Band. After moving to Boston the band added drummer Stephen Jo Bladd, keyboardist Seth Justman, frontman Peter Wolf, and was eventually signed in 1970 to Atlantic Records.
Peter Wolf quit the band in 1983, and they limped on with Seth Justman as their lead singer until 1985. The band (with Wolf) has reunited regularly for special gigs and short tours in recent years. Geils filed suit against his bandmates back in 2012 after allegedly copyrighting the band’s name without their knowledge. The J. Geils Band sans Geils last toured in 2014 and ’15 opening for Bob Seger.
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