'Centerfold' star J Geils dies, aged 71

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John Warren Geils Jr – the guitarist known as J Geils and founder of rock group The J Geils Band – has died at the age of 71.

According to WCVB-TV Boston, the musician was found dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts on Tuesday (April 11). He reportedly passed away from natural causes.

The J Geils Band were best known for the hits 'Must of Got Lost', 'Love Stinks' (which later appeared on The Wedding Singer soundtrack), 'Freeze-Frame' and 'Centerfold' – which sat at No.1 in the United States for six weeks in 1982.

The band was formed by Geils in 1967 and started out playing R&B-influenced blues rock, but it wasn't until the early '80s when they achieved commercial success with a more new wave mainstream sound.

During this period, U2, ZZ Top, Billy Joel and The Eagles opened for The J Geils Band on tour in the US.

The group broke up in 1985, but they have reunited several times since. Geils returned to music in 1992 when he produced an album for Danny Klein and formed the band Bluestime with Magic Dick.

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In 2005, he released his first solo album, Jay Geils Plays Jazz!.

This year, The J Geils Band were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a fourth time, but ultimately weren't selected as part of the 2017 class.

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