Wednesday, April 12, 2017

John Warren Geils Jr., of...

...the J. Geils Band, died at age 71. J. Geils was 71? Wow.

Known more for "Love Stinks," "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold," I always liked this song, which I just learned was a cover of an old doo-wop tune by a Chicago group called the Marvelows.

This makes sense for two reasons. First, I've always been a sucker for doo-wop. And second, the group was formed in 1967 as the J. Geils Blues Band and covered many obscure R&B and Soul hits.

Ironically, "I Do" was only written by the Marvelows as a warm-up song, something to sing to prepare their voices, but it hit No. 7 on the R&B Singles chart and No. 37 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1965.

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