He was born Peter Blankfield in New
He came from a performing family where his father was a vaudevillian
and light opera singer and his grandmother was an actress in the Yiddish
Theatre in New
York. He had originally planned on a
career as an artist but took a job as a disc jockey at the Boston
radio station WBCN. He gave
himself the nickname "The Woofer Goofer" followed by "The
Woofer Goofer with the Green Teeth". He formed a band called The
Hallucinations and then he became the lead vocalist of The J. Geils Band
from 1967. He and the keyboard
player, Seth Justman were also responsible for
many of the group's songs and their success came in the early 1980s
with hit singles such as "Freeze Frame" and
left the band in 1983 to pursue a solo career and has released several
albums. He did a duet with
Aretha Franklin on her 1985 album "Who's Zoomin'
Who", with Carlos Santana on guitar. In 1999 he rejoined The J. Geils
Band for their reunion tour.
His album Sleepless
featured the guest vocal of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. He was married to Faye Dunaway from
1974 to 1979.
The J. Geils