Geils performing in concert
|Birth name||John Warren Geils Jr.|
February 20, 1946|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 11, 2017
Groton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, blues, jazz|
|Occupations||Musician, singer, songwriter, producer|
|Labels||Atlantic, EMI America, Rounder, Arbors|
|Associated acts||The J. Geils Band, Bluestime, New Guitar Summit, Kings of Strings|
Early life[change | change source]
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[change | change source]
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.
Death[change | change source]
Discography[change | change source]
- 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)
- 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)
References[change | change source]
- Ware, Susan (October 21, 2004). "Fame still calls J. Geils". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "J. Geils Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- "Guitarist known as J. Geils found dead in Massachusetts home". Wcvb.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
- Guerra, C., and Sennott, A. Guitarist J. Geils found dead in Groton home. BostonGlobe.com Online. April 11, 2017
- Jacobo, Julia (2017-04-11). "Guitarist J. Geils dead at 71, police say". ABC News. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- "J. Geils | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to J. Geils at Wikimedia Commons