J. Geils of the J. Geils Band dies at 71

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"Centerfold" went all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Freeze-Frame" also hit the top of the charts.

Geils was found unresponsive after officers were called to his home on Graniteville Road in the town of Groton, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Boston, for a well-being check. The authorities pronounced him dead at the scene. The department is investigating, but said the preliminary indication is that he died of natural causes.

Wolf left the band to pursue a solo career and did not appear on its final album, released in 1984.

Although the J. Geils Band was a popular touring combo from the late Sixties through the Seventies, they didn't make it big until the early Eighties, when they struck gold with "Love Stinks", "Centerfold" and "Freeze-Frame".

Geils lived in Groton for over three decades, and his love for the town has led to Groton, in 2007, designating December 1 as "J. The J. Geils Band remain one of greatest bands of all time", wrote Stevie Van Zandt.

The band members fought to keep the use of the name The J. Geils Band despite performing without Geils.

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The musician was found dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday.

"Freeze-Frame" (from Freeze-Frame, 1981) - Wolf and Justman brought the band into the top ten with this song, which reached #4, and helped bring the band to a larger audience. The band was officially through in 1985.

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.

Despite their ups and downs, Peter - who fronted the group from 1967 to 1983 - paid a touching tribute to Geils on hearing of his passing.

The J Geils Band has been nominated to but not entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Geils and his bandmate Magic Dick got together to form a new band in 1992.