Even though the band had his name, he wasn't the most well know member of his own group - that would have been Peter Wolf, the charismatic lead singer of the J. Geils Band. John Warren "J" Geils Jr. was found dead Monday night in his Groton, Massachusetts home.
The J. Geils Band formed in the mid 60;s under the name Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels. In 1968 they became the J. Geils Band, then released their first album in 1970, and had their first big hit in 1974, "Must Have Got Lost." The band's biggest success game with the release of the album Freeze-Frame, that included their only # 1 hit "Centerfold" in 1982.
The group broke up in 1985. They reunited several times in the 90s and 2000s, the last in 2012, but without J. Geils. The group has been twice nominated for the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, but has yet to be voted in to the Hall.
J. Geils was 71.