J. Geils Band
J. Geils Bandwas an American rock band which was formed in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1967. The band had a R&B sound and was very successful in the 1970's. In the 1980's they changed their style to a more pop style of music and from this they gained a lot of MTV airplay. Their biggest International hit was the hit single called, Centerfold. The band began in the 1960's as a blues trio. The lead singer was John Geils. John was born on February 20, 1946, in New York. Other members of the band were, Danny Klein (bass player and also known as Dr. Funk), and Richard Salwitz (harp player). The name of the band was originally, Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels. In 1967 they began to play electric guitars and bass guitar and recruited Stephen Jo Bladd as their drummer. They also recruited Peter Wolf who was a former fast talking disc jockey and singer. The band signed on with Atlantic Records in 1970.
The band got their first FM radio airplay with their live single, First I Look At the Purse.This was followed with several single hits in the 1970's. The most successful of these singles was, Must of Got Lost, in 1974. Later in the 70's they signed on with EMI America Records. Other hits released by the band were, Monkey Island, in 1977, and Sanctuary, in 1978. The band had more commercial success in the 1980's with the songs, Love Stinks, and later with the album, Freeze Frame. This album included the big hit, Centerfold, which went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for 6 weeks. Freeze Frame made it to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Peter Wolf left the band in 1983 because of disagreements among the members. The band continued without him and released another album, You’re Gettin’ Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd. They did not replace Wolf. Seth Justman took on as the lead singer on most of the songs. Concealed Weapons was the only single to come from the album and it was not successful. The group went on tour to support their album . The band never released any more new material.
The group briefly reunited in 1999 with Wolf but ticket sales were very low. Wolf still tours with his own backup band and the other members of the band make appearances occassionally. Geils now restores sports cars and opened a performance shop called, KTR European Motorsports, in Ayer, massachusetts. In 1992 he joined up with Richard Salwitz (former band member) and formed the band called, Bluestime. It was reported that the band is now on a break. The original 6 members had a surprise reunion on May 22, 2006, at a surprise 60th birthday party for Danny Klein, at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. The band released a total of 17 albums and 27 singles.
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