We’re giving a shout-out to J. Geils, the iconic guitarist, singer and founder of The J. Geils Band who celebrates his birthday today!
A slide guitarist who was heavily influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and James Brown’s band, he formed The J. Geils Blues Band, an acoustic trio that was the predecessor to the J. Geils Band. In ’67, the boys found themselves in Boston with all intentions of going to school, but the lure of rock ‘n’ roll was just too powerful.
The band would later drop the “blues” from their name and evolve into more of an electric sound, but they did not abandon their blues roots.
For the next 15 years, the band released an impressive 14 albums, with hits like “Musta Got Lost,” “Love Stinks,” “Freeze-Frame” and “Centerfold.”
Of their prolific recording schedule, J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf once declared, “[We] felt obligated to give 100 percent of ourselves to our audience. We were a bunch of guys who had the passion and wanted to share it."
Unfortunately, Wolf and company still tour as the J. Geils Band, but without the iconic rocker at the helm. Geils has filed a lawsuit over the use of his name in 2012, and the litigation is ongoing.
Let’s hope the band can iron out their differences and reunite in the near future because their live show is incredible. Weigh in with your thoughts below!
Check out band’s official site here!