Guitarist J. Geils found dead in his MA home

That album featured the group's only chart-topping hit, "Centerfold", while its title track also reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Groton police found him dead at his MA home on Tuesday night. He was declared dead at the scene...

The Boston Globe reports that the musician - whose full name was John Warren 'J.' Geils Jr. - died of natural causes and that the police department will still be investigating his death, though foul play was not suspected. The three moved to almost Boston, and with the addition of keyboardist Seth Justman, drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and singer Peter Wolf they became The J. Geils Band, landing their first record deal in 1970. But the group hit its peak in 1981 with its more pop-oriented album Freeze Frame, which hit No. 1 led by the singles "Centerfold", "Freeze Frame" and "Angel in Blue".

Centrefold, their biggest hit, topped the USA charts for six weeks in 1982 and reached number three in the UK.

Caption: J Geils Of The J Geils Band at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago Illinois, April 11, 1980.

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Underlying the split were tensions pitting Geils against keyboardist Seth Justman and guitarist Peter Wolf, who together wrote much of the music.

When not playing music, Geils was restoring sports cars, starting a performance shop, KTR European Motorsports, in Ayer, Mass., after he started collecting Italian motorcycles and sports cars. They quickly followed with Freeze-Frame (1982 / #4) giving them the two biggest hits of their career.

Geils founded his eponymous band in 1967, when he attended the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in MA. The band broke up in 1985, but reunited off and on over the years. Geils spent his time restoring race cars in MA, a state he continued to call home.

Peter Wolf took to Facebook to pay tribute to his former band mate. Mr. Geils was the group's guitarist. "Sad. We did so many shows with them back in the 70's and they were one of the best bands we ever toured with".

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