The J. Geils Band were one of the most popular touring rock & roll bands in America during the '70s. A bar band pure and simple, they churned out greasy covers of obscure R&B, doo wop, and soul tunes, cutting them with a healthy dose of Stonesy swagger. Their muscular sound and the hyper jive of frontman Peter Wolf packed arenas across America but rarely earned them hit singles. In the early '80s, the group tempered its driving rock with some pop, and the makeover paid off with the massive hit single "Centerfold," which stayed at number one for six weeks. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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