The J. Geils Band is an American rock/pop band, best known for its 1981 single, "Centerfold" which charted #1 in the U.S. in early 1982. The band played R&B-influenced blues-rock in the 1970s before moving towards a more pop-influenced sound in the 1980s. Since its initial break-up in 1985, the band has reunited several times.
The band started as an acoustic blues trio in the mid 1960s, with singer and guitarist John Geils, bassist Danny Klein and harmonica player Richard Salwitz. The group signed to Atlantic Records in 1970. The J. Geils Band first received FM radio airplay with the live single "First I Look at the Purse". They then began to get AM radio airplay as well with a series of several hit singles in the 1970s, the most successful of which were "Looking for a Love", "Give it to Me" , a cover version of The Showstoppers' "Ain't Nothin' But a Houseparty" and "Must of Got Lost". Later in the 1970s, the band signed with EMI America Records.
In 1977, the group would release their first album, Monkey Island, followed by Sanctuary, a year later. The group's commercial fortunes improved in the early 1980s, first with the humorous Love Stinks, then with their success with the Freeze Frame album which included "Centerfold" and "Freeze Frame". "Centerfold" also became their only major hit single in the United Kingdom, where it reached #3 in February 1982.
Wolf left the group in 1983 over artistic disagreements. The band went on to record one more album of new material, You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd, after Wolf left. The group then disbanded in 1985 after contributing the title song to the 1985 horror film Fright Night.
The group reunited with Wolf in 1999 for a 13 date tour. After the '99 reunion tour finished at that year's end, Wolf returned to touring with his own backup band with the rest of the Geils band making occasional appearances. On May 22, 2006 all six original members had a surprise reunion at bassist Danny Klein's 60th birthday party at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.
In 2009 and 2010, the band reunited for several performances around the United States. In September 2010, it was announced that The J. Geils Band was a finalist nominee for selection to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but were not selected for induction.