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John Geils Of The J. Geils Band Dies Aged 71

John Geils, the guitarist who lent his name to the J. Geils Band, has died aged 71.

American radio station WCVB says he was found dead in his home in Groton, Massaticuss, reporting that the cause of death is unknown.

The station’s Kathy Curran tweeted that police responded to a call to check on his well being.

They do not suspect foul play.

Born John Warren Geils Jr. in New York City on Feb. 20, 1946, he first formed an acoustic blues trio, Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels, with bassist Danny Klein and harmonica player Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz, while studying mechanical engineering in the mid-’60s.

They then moved to Boston, where they added drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and singer Peter Wolf, who was a DJ on WBCN and changed their name to the J. Geils Band.

The arrival of keyboardist Seth Justman in 1968 rounded out the lineup, and they were signed to Atlantic in 1970, with their self-titled debut coming later that year.

The group had it's two biggest hits in the early 80's with 'Centerfold' and 'Freeze Frame'

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