J. Geils Band guitarist John Geils dies at 71

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GROTON, Mass. — John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist and founder of the eponymous J. Geils Band, has died, police in Groton, Massachusetts, said.

Police came to Geils’ home for a well-being check, police Chief Donald Palma said. The 71-year-old was found unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene.

Police are investigating the death as a standard procedure, Palma said. Foul play was not suspected.

The J. Geils Band was best known for radio mainstays such as “Centerfold,” “Love Stinks” and “Freeze-Frame.”

Geils formed the band in 1967 with lead singer Peter Wolf, Danny Klein, “Magic Dick” Salwitz and Stephen Jo Bladd. The group released a string of albums in the 1970s but would not achieve commercial success until the 1980s, starting with the release of “Love Stinks,” its first platinum-selling record, according to Rolling Stone.

Their 12th album “Freeze-Frame,” featured its popular title track and chart-topper “Centerfold, which spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.

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