The J. Geils Band was an American rock band formed in 1968 in Worcester, Massachusetts….which was under the leadership of guitarist John “J.” Geils….as the original band members included vocalist Peter Wolf, harmonica and saxophone player Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz, drummer Stephen Bladd, vocalist/keyboardist Seth Justman and bassist Danny Klein….while Wolf and Justman served as principal songwriters. The band played R&B-influenced blues rock during the 1970’s….and achieved commercial success before moving towards a more mainstream radio-friendly sound in the early 1980’s….which brought the band to its highest commercial peak. After Wolf left the band in 1983 to pursue a solo career, the band released one more album in 1984….with Justman on lead vocals before breaking up in 1985…..and then beginning in 1999, the band had several reunions prior to the death of its namesake, J. Geils, in April of 2017.
The band first released several Top 40 singles in the early 1970’s….which included a cover of the song “Lookin’ for a Love” by The Valentinos….as it reached # 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972….as well as the single “Give It to Me” reaching # 30 in 1973. Their biggest hits included “Must of Got Lost” at # 12 in 1975….“Come Back” at # 32 in 1980…..“Love Stinks” which reached # 38 in 1980….“Freeze-Frame” charting at # 4 in 1981….and “Centerfold” was their only # 1 hit in 1982.
In this video seen herewith…..the J Geils Band performs “Bad O Rama”…..as they visually tell the story of J Geils in a unique video experience.