2013 WNCX Hall Of Fame Inductee – J. Geils Band

(Photo by Jodi Hilton/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jodi Hilton/Getty Images)

The J. Geils Band is responsible for inserting a “New Wave” into Rock N’ Roll with their unique style and vibrations.

 Originally called Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels, the band started in 1960 in Worcester, MA. by then Worcester Polytechnic Institute student John Geils, bassist Danny Klein (Dr. Funk) and harmonica player Richard Salwitz (Magic Dick).

Later on, the band would change their style and their name to the J. Geils Band, and joining the band was Peter Wolf and Seth Justman.

After signing a record deal with Atlantic Records in 1970, the group would release their self-titled album, containing the hit song “First I Look at the Purse.”

In the bands’ 46 year span, they have taken the rock genre to a new level through the release of thirteen studio albums, one live album and six collection sets with record sales totaling over four million worldwide.

Beyond their recorded music, the J. Geils Band always delivered exceptional performances for their fans in Northeast Ohio.


Area concerts:

Alice Copper, Sha Na Na, J. Geils Band – Public Hall – December 29, 1971

Humble Pie, J. Geils Band, Five Man Electrical Band – Public Hall – April 1, 1972

Alice Cooper, J. Geils Band, Dr. John – Akron Rubber Bowl – August 5, 1972

J. Geils Band, Tranquility & Featherstitch – Akron Civic Theatre – April 5, 1973

J. Geils Band, Foghat, Ronnie Montrose – Public Hall – December 15, 1973

Rolling Stones, Tower Of Power, J. Geils Band – Cleveland Stadium – June 14, 1975

Edgar Winter Group, J. Geils Band, Climax Blues Band – Public Hall – December 1, 1975

Blue Oyster Cult, Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band, REO Speedwagon, Starz, J. Geils Band – Trumbull County Fairgrounds – August 28, 1976

Steve Miller Band, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Elvin Bishop, Roy Buchanan, Heart, Duke And The Drivers, Widow Maker – Nelson Ledges Raceway – September 6, 1976

J. Geils, Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes, Richard T. Bear – Richfield Coliseum – December 3, 1978

J. Geils Band, 3D – Richfield Coliseum – April 12, 1980

Ted Nugent, J. Geils Band, Blackfoot, Scorpions, Def Leppard – Legend Valley – July 12, 1980

World Series Of Rock – Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band, J. Geils Band, Eddie Money, Def Leppard – Cleveland Stadium – July 19, 1980

J. Geils Band, Red Rider – Richfield Coliseum – December 10, 1981

J. Geils Band – Blossom Music Center – August 23-24, 1982


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