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The J. Geils Band

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Worcester, Massachusetts, USA (1967 – 1985, 1999 – 1999, 2006 – 2006, 2009 – present)

The J. Geils Band was an American music group from Worcester, Massachusetts, USA that had a successful blues-rock/R&B-influenced sound in the 1970s, before moving towards a more pop-influenced sound in the 1980s, which brought them MTV airplay and their 1982 international hit single “Centerfold”.

The band started as an acoustic blues trio in the mid 1960s with singer and guitarist J. Geils (born February 20, 1946), bassist Danny Klein (Dr. Funk) and harpist Richard Salwitz (stage name Magic Dick). The band formed under the name Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels while Geils was attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a couple of semesters. In 1967 the band switched focus, starting to play electric guitar and bass and recruiting drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and fast-talking ex-disc jockey singer Peter Wolf, born Peter Blankenfeld, both from Boston. The following year Seth Justman joined as an organist, and the group signed to Atlantic Records in 1970.

The J. Geils Band first received FM radio airplay with the live single “First I Look at the Purse”, then had several hit singles in the 1970s, the most successful of which was “Must Of Got Lost” (1974). Later in the 1970s, the band signed with EMI America Records.

The group’s commercial fortunes improved in the early 1980s, first with the humorous “Love Stinks”, then with their great success with the Freeze Frame album which included “Centerfold” (#1 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100) and then the title cut (#4).

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