J Geils Band

Submitted by on Oct 14, 2015


In the mid-60s appeared in Boston acoustic trio “J. Geils Blues Band”, performed as Chicago blues standards, and things Steve Cropper, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. The composition of the band were gravitated to southern slide guitar style Jerome Hales (b. February 20, 1946), a big fan of soul music bassist Danny “DK”Klein and harmonica specialist Richard Selvitts aka Magic Dick, who had wide interests ranging from jazz to blues. The band’s name was soon changed to”The J. Geils Band”, and in 1967 joined the staff of a singer Peter Wolf and drummer Stephen Jo Bladd (both – ex “Hallucinations”). At this point, the team switched to electric guitar, and in 1969 part of beefed keyboardist Seth Dzhastmenom. For several years “J. Geils Band” concert earned popularity for the opportunity to speak to such titans of the blues like Muddy Waters. Howlin ‘Wolf and John Lee Hooker.

At first, the band played only a foreign material, but in the late 60’s and Wolf Dzhastmen started writing his own songs. In 1970, one of the concerts of the group saw the representatives of “Atlantic Records”, who offered to contract staff.

Despite the fact that the live performances of “J. Geils Band”in great demand, their debut album only briefly entered the charts, and that in most of their end. A similar fate befell the second plate, made up, as well as the first of their own and other things. Since the group’s concerts are still held with a bang, the third album was the live”Full House”, depicting the real power “J. Geils Band”. Yet a major breakthrough took place a little later, when he went studiynik “Bloodshot”. The album hit the top ten thanks to the hit single “Give It To Me”, built on the rhythms of reggae a la Bob Marley. The next three longpleya in commercial terms have been less successful, despite the fact that each of them to attend the Top 100, and “Nightmares And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle”accompanied by the hit single”Must Of Got Lost”.

However, the musicians it was a sin to complain of destiny, as the tandem Wolf Dzhastmen continued to operate successfully, and performances “J. Geils Band”were as popular as ever. In 1976 came the double live album”Blow Your Face Out”, which absorbed the best composition of the team in a live performance.

The following year, the team decided to change direction and released a jazz-oriented album “Monkey Island”. The work, published under the name “Jeils”, has not brought the group a special dividend and is the latest release on its “Atlantic”. In 1978, the band changed the roof on the “EMI”, and with it, once again changed the sound, making it more poppy. These two factors will benefit commercial success, and “Sanctuary”first time since”Bloodshot”reached gold status. In subsequent years, the team has developed found mine and thus become more and more popular. If”Love Stinks”reached the 18th position in the national charts, the next album was at the top and spent in the charts for a total of 70 weeks. The main culprit was the successful single”Centerfold”, six weeks headed “Billboard” and constantly played on MTV.

Meanwhile, the rise in popularity was accompanied by the growth of internal contradictions. Leadership in the group captured Dzhastmen now writing songs alone and not let go of Wolf compositions. The case ended in divorce, and after the live album “Showtime”singer left the”J. Geils Band”. With Dzhastmenom at the microphone he recorded the album “You’re Gettin ‘Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd”, after which the new material group is no longer produced. In later years is rare reunion, but they were short-lived.

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