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J. Geils
Geils performing in concert
Background information
Birth nameJohn Warren Geils Jr.
BornFebruary 20, 1946(1946-02-20)
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 11, 2017(2017-04-11) (aged 71)
Groton, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresRock, blues, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1967–2017
LabelsAtlantic, EMI America, Rounder, Arbors
Associated actsThe J. Geils Band, Bluestime, New Guitar Summit, Kings of Strings

John Warren "J." Geils Jr. (February 20, 1946 – April 11, 2017) was an American guitarist. He was a member of the rock group The J. Geils Band.[1]

Early life

Geils was born in New York City and grew up in Far Hills, New Jersey. In 1964, he went to Northeastern University and was a trumpeter in the marching band. When he was drawn to folk musicians in Boston, he left Northeastern for Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he studied mechanical engineering.

The J. Geils Band

The J. Geils Band was influenced by soul music and rhythm and blues, but it moved toward pop and rock by the time the album Love Stinks (EMI, 1980) came out. Their next album, Freeze Frame, produced the song "Centerfold", which sat at number one for six weeks. Tension and conflict arose among band members, and Peter Wolf left to pursue a solo career. The band broke up in 1985.[2]


Geils was found dead at age 71 in his Groton, Massachusetts on April 11, 2017.[3][4][5]


  • Jay Geils Plays Jazz! (Stony Plain, 2005)
  • Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin and the Kings of Strings, featuring Aaron Weinstein (Arbors, 2006)
  • Toe Tappin' Jazz (North Star, 2009)

As Bluestime

  • Bluestime (Rounder, 1994)
  • Little Car Blues (Rounder, 1996)

As New Guitar Summit

  • New Guitar Summit (2004)
  • New Guitar Summit: Live at the Stoneham Theatre (2004)[6]


Other websites

Media related to J. Geils at Wikimedia Commons

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