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Encyclopedia > J. Geils Band
J.Geils Band
The Original Line-up on the cover of their debut album
The Original Line-up on the cover of their debut album
Background information
Origin Worcester, Massachusetts
Genre(s) Rock
Years active 1967–1986, 1999
Label(s) Atlantic Records
Website jgeils.com
Members
J. Geils
Danny Klein
Richard Salwitz
Stephen Jo Bladd
Peter Wolf
Seth Justman

The J. Geils Band was an American music group formed 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts that had a successful blues-rock/R&B-influenced sound in the 1970s, before moving towards a more pop-influenced sound in the 1980s, which brought them MTV airplay and their 1982 international hit single "Centerfold". Cover for album The J. Geils Band by J. Geils Band. ... The city of Worcester (pronounced ) is a city and the county town of Worcestershire in England, situated some 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Birmingham and 29 miles (47 km) north of Gloucester. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rock is a form of popular music from the mid 20th century which typically features a vocal melody (often with vocal harmony) that is supported by accompaniment of electric guitars, a bass guitar, and drums, often with a strong back beat. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... The J. Geils Band was a very popular rock and roll band, playing to large arena crowds in the United States in the 1970s before moving towards a more pop-influenced sound in the 1980s. ... Peter Wolf (born Peter Blankfield on March 7, 1946) is an American rock and roll musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1982. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The city of Worcester (pronounced ) is a city and the county town of Worcestershire in England, situated some 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Birmingham and 29 miles (47 km) north of Gloucester. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Blues Rock or Blues-rock is a fusion genre of music which combines elements of the blues with rock and roll. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Centerfold was the biggest hit for the J. Geils Band. ...


The band started as an acoustic blues trio in the mid 1960s with singer and guitarist John Geils (born February 20, 1946), bassist Danny Klein (Dr. Funk) and harpist Richard Salwitz (stage name Magic Dick). The band formed under the name Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels while Geils was attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a couple of semesters. In 1967 the band switched focus, starting to play electric guitar and bass and recruiting drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and fast-talking ex-disc jockey singer Peter Wolf, born Peter Blankenfeld, both from Boston. The following year Seth Justman joined as an organist, and the group signed to Atlantic Records in 1970. Acoustic music can refer to music that solely or primarily uses acoustic instruments, such as the acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, cello, and voice. ... The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Paul Chambers, acclaimed jazz bassist A bassist is a musician who plays a double bass or electric bass (also referred to as bass guitar). ... Wikibooks has a book on the topic of Harmonica A harmonica is a free reed musical wind instrument (also known, among other things, as a mouth organ or mouth harp, Hobo Harp, French harp, tin sandwich, lickin stick, blues harp, simply harp, or Mississippi saxophone), having multiple, variably-tuned brass... Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a private university located in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the United States. ... A drummer at practice A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Peter Wolf (born Peter Blankfield on March 7, 1946) is an American rock and roll musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1982. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... An organist is a musician who plays the organ, whether pipe or electronic. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...


The J. Geils Band first received FM radio airplay with the live single "First I Look at the Purse", then had several hit singles in the 1970s, the most successful of which was "Must Of Got Lost" (1974). Later in the 1970s, the band signed with EMI America Records. FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... EMI America Records was started in 1978 by EMI as a second US label next to Capitol Records. ...


After their initial commercial successes the group seemed destined to be nothing more than a first-rate party band, until the release of the still under appreciated "Monkey Island" (1977), followed by the more conventional, but still excellent,"Sanctuary" (1978).


The group's commercial fortunes improved in the early 1980s, first with the humorous "Love Stinks", then with their great success with the Freeze Frame album which included "Centerfold" (#1 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100) and then the title cut (#4). Wolf left the group in 1983 for a solo career not long after, over disagreements about whether to continue to take the band in more of a popular direction, or continue with the purist tradition. Love Stinks is an episode of the animated television show Tiny Toon Adventures. ... Freeze Frame is the twelfth album by American rock band the J. Geils Band, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


The band went on to record one more album of new material, You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd, after Wolf left. He was not replaced, and Seth Justman took over most of the vocal duties. The album produced only one single - "Concealed Weapons", a song about breasts - and was not a success. The band toured in support of the album, but never again recorded anything new. Youre Gettin Even While Im Gettin Odd is the fourteenth album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ...


The group was not reunited with Wolf until 1999, and subsequently broke up again when ticket sales proved extremely disappointing. Wolf continues to tour with his own backup band, and the rest of the Geils band makes occasional appearances. Since the semi-retirement of the band, Geils has been restoring sports cars in Massachusetts. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


On May 22, 2006, the six original remembers had a surprise reunion, the first time they had all played together in over 20 years, at bassist Danny Klein's 60th birthday party at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Discography

The J. Geils Band is the self-titled debut album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). ... The Morning After is the second album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Live Full House is the third album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Bloodshot is the fourth album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Ladies Invited is the fifth album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Nightmares. ... Hotline is the seventh album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Blow Your Face Out is the eighth album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Monkey Island is the ninth album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... Sanctuary is the tenth album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Best of the J. Geils Band is the first Best Of album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Love Stinks is an episode of the animated television show Tiny Toon Adventures. ... Freeze Frame is the twelfth album by American rock band the J. Geils Band, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Showtime! is the thirteenth album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ... Youre Gettin Even While Im Gettin Odd is the fourteenth album by American rock band J. Geils Band, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ...

Singles

  • "Looking For A Love" (1971) #39 US
  • "Give It To Me" (1973) #30 US
  • "Make Up Your Mind" (1973) #98 US
  • "Must Of Got Lost" (1974) #12 US
  • "Where Did Our Love Go" (1976) #68 US
  • "You're The Only One" (1977) #83 US
  • "One Last Kiss" (1978) #35 US
  • "Take It Back" (1979) #67 US
  • "Come Back" (1980) #32 US
  • "Love Stinks" (1980) #38 US
  • "Just Can't Wait" (1980) #78 US
  • "Centerfold" (1981) #1 US - 6 weeks; #3 UK
  • "Freeze Frame" (1982) #4 US, #27 UK
  • "Angel In Blue" (1982) #40 US, #55 UK
  • "I Do" (1982) #24 US
  • "Land Of A Thousand Dances" (1983) #60 US
  • "Concealed Weapons" (1984) #63 US
  • "Fright Night" (1985) #91 US

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