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J. Geils and Danny Klein of the J. Geils Band

performing in 1972 in Copenhagen.

 

Photograph: Jorgen Angel

Redferns, via Getty Images

 

J. Geils,

Whose Band’s Catchy Pop Hits Colored the 1980s,

Dies at 71

NYT

APRIL 11, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/
arts/music/j-geils-whose-bands-catchy-pop-hits-colored-the-1980s-dies-at-71.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Geils Jr.    1946-2017

 

guitarist

who lent his name

to the J. Geils Band,

which in the early 1980s

produced a series

of continuously played,

catchy pop hits

like “Love Stinks,”

“Freeze Frame”

and, especially, 

“Centerfold,”

 

(...)

 


The band that bears

Mr. Geils’s name

was originally formed

in the mid-1960s as Snoopy

and the Sopwith Camels

while Mr. Geils attended

Worcester Polytechnic

Institute

 

(...)

 

It switched focus in 1967,

recruiting

the energetic frontman

and lead singer Peter Wolf

and becoming

the J. Geils Blues Band,

with “blues”

later being dropped.

 

The band spent years

establishing roots

in the Boston area

before signing

with Atlantic Records in 1970

and emerging

on the national stage

a year later.

 

After enjoying

some acclaim in the 1970s,

the band became

a major commercial success

in the early 1980s,

with the hits “Love Stinks,”

“Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold,”

which blended blues harmonies

with bouncy synthesized pop.

 

“Centerfold”

spent six weeks

atop the Billboard Hot 100,

while “Freeze Frame”

reached the No. 4 spot.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/
arts/music/j-geils-whose-bands-catchy-pop-hits-colored-the-1980s-dies-at-71.html

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/apr/12/
john-geils-jr-founder-of-the-j-geils-band-dies-aged-71

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/
arts/music/j-geils-whose-bands-catchy-pop-hits-colored-the-1980s-dies-at-71.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/04/11/
523489861/john-geils-guitarist-of-the-j-geils-band-dies-at-71

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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