Blues guitarist John Geils Jr dead at 71
Veteran blues guitarist John Geils Jr has died at his Boston home aged 71.
In a statement, Boston police said they were called to the property on Tuesday to check on his welfare and found the singer unresponsive.
“A preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes,” they said.
The musician was best known as the founder of The J Geils Band, famous for their 1982 hit Centrefold, about a man who discovers his ex-girlfriend has posed in an adult magazine.
The song topped the US charts for six weeks in 1982 and peaked at number three in the UK, helped by its music video, which enjoyed heavy airplay in the first days of MTV.
The band, which was often compared to Boston-natives Aerosmith, formed in 1967, released 11 albums and split in 1985 due to conflicts between Geils Jr and members Seth Justman and Peter Wolf.
Geils left the band, which continued to perform under his name with Wolf and harmonica player Magic Dick.
The guitarist then retreated to his hometown of Groton, Massachusetts, where he pursued a passion for restoring race cars.
“Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils,” Wolf wrote on his Facebook page.
Geils and Wolf performed together off and on for years after their split.
In the US, their biggest hits included Must Of Got Lost, which reached number 12 on Billboard’s Top 100 in 1975, and Love Stinks, the title song on their 1980 album.