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    The J. Geils Band

    The band started as an acoustic group in the mid 1960s as the J. Geils Trio, where they played the folk clubs in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  In 1967 they started to include the electronic guitar, bass, drums and organ and they signed to Atlantic Records in 1970, with who they released their first album "The J. Geils Band" that took just three days to record.  Their first FM radio airplay was with the song "First I Look at the Purse" which was followed by several hit singles.  In 1978 they signed to EMI America after their contract with Atlantic Records had run out.  Their success came in the early 1980s with hit singles such as "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold".  They recorded their last album "You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd" in 1984, which was to be their last recording.  The band semi-retired, but reunited in 1999 for a tour.  They broke up again after their sales were disappointing.  In 2006 they did a surprise reunion of the six original members for Danny Klein's 60th birthday party, which was the first time they had all played together for over 20 years.

     

    Members

    J. Geils (lead guitar and vocals)

    Danny Klein (bass)

    Richard Salwitz (harmonica)

    Stephen Jo Bladd (drummer)

    Peter Wolf (vocals)

    Seth Justman (organ)

     

    The J. Geils Band recordings

    Centerfold (Seth Justman)                                                                                          

    (EMI America , EA 135)( UK 45 PS)

     

    Flamethrower (Seth Justman)                                                                         

    (EMI America , EA 135)( UK 45 PS)

     

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Geils_Band
    2. www.jgeils.com/jgeilshistory.html

     

     

     

     

     

     



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