J. Geils started the band way back in 1967. At the time, he was studying mechanical engineering in Massachusetts. Danny Klein, Richard Salwitz, Stephen Jo Bladd, Peter Wolf and Seth Justman rounded out the rest of the band.
Their music was a cool mix of blues, rock and R&B. Many of their songs are now iconic hits. Pretty much everyone knows songs like “Love Stinks,” and “Centerfold.”
Throughout their career, the J. Geils Band released 11 studio albums and had several Top 40 singles. They received four nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but unfortunately never got selected. Their most recent nomination was this past fall.
“This is our fourth nomination, and going through that process, with its inherent disappointment, you’re not sure you want to take that ride again,” said Peter Wolf. “It’s great to be recognized, but it’s a drag to be disappointed. I hope that we make it in. That would be great.”
The J. Geils Band split up in 1985, but had been playing occasional shows ever since.