John Geils Jr, founder of J Geils Band, dies at 71

Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band known for such peppy early 80s pop hits as "Love Stinks", "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold", has died in his MA home at 71.

Born in NY in 1946 and raised in New Jersey, John Warren Geils Jr. of his full name was found unconscious by emergency services at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, police said.

Geils was found dead today in his Groton, Massachusetts home.

The group released a string of albums in the 1970s but would not achieve commercial success until the 1980s, starting with the release of "Love Stinks", its first platinum-selling record, according to Rolling Stone.

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One of their most successful singles was the song "Centerfold" from the album "Freeze Frame", which was released in 1981.

The blues rockers, also including Magic Dick, Danny Klein, Seth Justman and Peter Wolf, originally split up the year after their last record, "You're Gettin" Even While I'm Gettin' Odd', which was released in 1984.

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.

The J. Geils Band failed in its attempt to get featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after a fourth nomination, this time for the class of 2017. As is standard procedure in all unattended deaths, Groton Police Department is investigating, though there is no suspicion of foul play. The 71-year-old was found unresponsive and he was declared dead at the scene.

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When news of Geils' death broke, fans turned to social media to offer condolences and to reminisce about the band's songs and concerts.

At the height of their popularity in the 1980's, the band was opened for by such musical heavyweights as The Eagles, Billy Joel, ZZ Top and U2.

"Sad to lose J. Geils", wrote Lofgren.

Peter Wolf took to Facebook to pay tribute to his former band mate.

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While J. Geils will be sorely missed it is certain his music will continue to populate the airwaves and inspire singalongs until the end of time.

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