Guitarist J. Geils, who sang 'Centerfold,' dies at age 71

Musician John Warren Geils Jr. of the J. Geils Band has died

Musician John Warren Geils Jr. of the J. Geils Band has died

The 71-year-old was found unresponsive by police around 4 p.m. Tuesday after they responded to his home for a well-being check.

His death was confirmed by the Groton Police Department, whose officers found him after they were asked to check on Geils, whose full name was John Warren Geils Jr.

"Wolf posted a vintage photo of the band on his Facebook page with the message, "'Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house!

WCVB-TV in Boston reported Geils had called Groton his home for 35 years.

Geils continued to play for the next 30 years, usually with some combination of his former bandmates.

The J. Geils Band was founded in 1967 while Geils was studying at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

While the band was tour throughout the 1980s, their opening acts included rock greats such as The Eagles, Billy Joel, ZZ Top and U2. The band broke up in 1985.

J. Geils Band changed labels in the late 1970s and received a strong push from Capitol, resulting in hit songs Just Can't Wait and title track Love Stinks on their 1980 release. Their sole number one single in the US, "Centerfold", hit the top of the charts in 1981.

In the mid-'90s, Geils released two albums with his band Bluestime and during the 2000s, he returned to his jazz roots with three solo records.

As the group prepared to record a followup album, Wolf left the band, beginning its unravelling.

Tom Morello, guitarist from Rage Against the Machine, tweeted: "RIP J. Geils". Wolf did not appear on the band's final album "You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Old" and the remaining members chose to split a year later in 1985. “Its great to be recognized, but its a drag to be disappointed.

After learning of his passing, social media users from Boston and across the country began urging their local radio stations - and even the organist at Fenway Park - to pay tribute to Geils by playing some of the band's most famous jams.