Guitarist J. Geils found dead in his home aged 71

"Centerfold" spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, while "Freeze Frame" reached the No. 4 spot.

Police came to Geils' home for a well-being check, police Chief Donald Palma said.

Groton police found him dead at his MA home on Tuesday night. The authorities pronounced him dead at the scene. As is standard procedure in all unattended deaths, Groton Police Department is investigating, though there is no suspicion of foul play. Following a name change, the band later added local musicians Stephen Jo Bladd as drummer, Peter Wolf as additional vocalist and Seth Justman as an organist, gaining notoriety in the Boston area for their signature blues-rock sound and prominent use of harmonica. In the mid-Nineties, he released two albums with his band Bluestime and during the 2000s, he returned to his jazz roots with three solo records. They rose to mega-fame the following year with Freeze Frame, which topped the music charts while "Centerfold" became their first number one hit.

The song topped the USA charts for six weeks in 1982 and peaked at number three in the United Kingdom, helped by its music video, which enjoyed heavy airplay in the first days of MTV.




After the band's dissolution, Geils opened up a fix shop for vintage sports cars, something he had been interested in since his childhood days.

WCVB-TV in Boston reported Geils had called Groton his home for 35 years. They scored a few Top 40 singles in the early Seventies, including "Give It to Me" and their cover of "Lookin' for a Love", an early Sixties tune by the Valentinos.

In recent years, the band toured without Geils because of a legal dispute with his record label, which claimed ownership of the band's name, according to the Facebook page. The J. Geils Band officially split in 1985, but began to play the occasional reunion show in 1999. His hometown of Groton honored the guitarist with J. Geils Day on December 1, 2009.

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