1966/69 – The J. Geils Blues Band

Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels (Fall 1966)
The J. Geils Blues Band (1966 – 1969)
The J. Geils Band (1969 – present day)
Personnel
Jay Geils (guitar)
Magic Dick (harp, kazoo & vocals)
Danny Klein (bass)
Al Couchon (2nd guitar) – left summer 1967
Harold Stone (keyboards) – left summer 1967 (?)
Tom Rand (drums) – left summer 1967
Keith Lahteinen (drums) – joined summer 1967, left summer 1968 (formally of Ultimate Spinach)
Peter Wolf (vocals) – joined summer 1968
Stephen Jo Bladd (drums & vocals) – joined summer 1968
Seth Justman (keyboards & vocals) – joined fall 1969

1967 – The Unicorn Coffee House, 815 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Thanks to Valerie Klein for the photo
Thanks to Ray Paret for the following info (The J. Geils Blues Band were signed to Amphion Managment, ran by Ray Paret and David Jenks).
The picture from The Unicorn above shows the drums from a band called Underground Cinema that eventually became The Ultimate Spinach and the drummer in that group at that time was Keith Lahteinen. I have no idea who the other two guys playing with J.Geils are, but I would guess that this photo is from 1967 before July or August as it was during that summer that my partner David Jenks and I signed Underground Cinema and changed their name to Ultimate Spinach.
The drummer in this photo is Tom Rand and the keyboardist on the left side of the photo is Harold Stone playing a Hohner electric piano. Tom got in touch with me via my site funkyjudge.net. He said – “Harold died about 5 years ago. This is the original line-up of the ” J. Geils Blues Band”. We played six nights a week at the Unicorn all summer (67) for no money… just the exposure. I left the group that fall for my basic training associated with my having gotten into the army reserve.

The J.Geils Blues Band played at the Catacombs in January 1968 for 5 night between 23rd and 27th
The first photo is from Jay’s ‘New Guitar Summit’ DVD Live At the Stoneham Theatre. The photo shows Jay with Magic Dick in the background. Taken at Cambridge Common.
Found the second photo in Googles archive. Unfortunately the site it’s from no longer hosts the full size photo. The drummer looks like Keith Lahteinen who left The Ultimate Spinach late 67 early 68 to join the J. Geils Blues Band.The third photo was posted on the J. Geils Band Fan Facebook page by Benjamin Lowengard.

1968 – Amphion Managment Promo Photo – The “fourth” guy (in the photo below) is Keith Lahteinen, but he was the original drummer in The Ultimate Spinach and in fact recorded their first album on MGM. Keith quit Ultimate Spinach to join J. Geils (late 1967 early 1968). It was later that year that David Jenks and I decided that the band needed more so we asked Peter and Stephen to join after the Hallucinations broke up and that’s when the band really started to cook! Keith was a great drummer and great blues singer but to make it the band needed more of a rock and roll edge!
February 1969 – TV Show Called “Mixed Bag” on WGBH Channel 2
The J. Geils Blues Band played at the Woodrose Hall on March 14th & 15th 1969. This photo shows Peter Wolf, Jay Geils and possibly Magic Dick, staying at Steve Nelson’s house at nearby Conway, Massachusetts.

1969 – Fusion Magazine, April 14, 1969

The J. Geils Blues Band: Tour Dates 1966 – 1969 (Thanks to Gilles at 1000Dances)

1966
Started out as a jug band in Worcester called “Snoopy and the Sopwith Camel.”

June 1967
First gig at the Unicorn Coffee House, 815 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

November 1967
11/01/67 – The Psychedelic Supermarket, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA – Exact dates unknown. May have supported Mike Bloomfield’s The Electric Flag. More details at Rock Prosopography 101

January 1968
01/23-27/68 – The Catacombs – Boston, MA (Poster)

March 1968
03/08-09/68 – Boston Tea Party – Boston, MA – opening for Canned Heat (Poster)

April 1968
04/19-20/68 – Boston Tea Party – Boston, MA – w/The Siegel–Schwall Band

May 1968
05/18/68 – Boston Tea Party – Boston, MA – opening for BB King with The Siegel–Schwall Band and The Cloud

June 1968
06/19-22/68 – Boston Tea Party – Boston, MA – opening for The Bagatelle

September 1968
09/ ? /68 – New Penelope Club, Montreal, Canada
09/20-21/68 – Boston Tea Party – Boston, MA – billed as The J. Geils Quintet – w/ Eden’s Children

November 1968
11/21-23/68 – Boston Tea Party – Boston, MA – w/Listening (Poster)

December 1968
12/19-21/68(?) – The Tea Party – Boston, MA – w/ Fleetwood Mac and Ill Wind

January 1969
01/30-31/69 – Boston Tea Party – Boston, MA – w/ Savoy Brown Blues Band (Poster)

February 1969
02/14-15/69 – The J. Geils Blues Band @ The Catacombs, Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival. Benefit for Project 50, a YMCA affiliated organisation w/Sky People, The Third World Raspberry, Cloud, Travis Pike’s Tea-Party & The Collwell-Winfield Blues Band. Festival was due to take place at The Boston Arts Project in a loft over a bar at 1088 Boylston St. but it lost it’s license after a police raid five days before.
February 1969 – The J. Geils Blues Band appear on a music show called ‘Mixed Bag’. Broadcast each Wednesday at 7:30 on Channel 2, Boston
02/14-15/69 – The J. Geils Blues Band @ The Catacombs
02/31/69 – Boston Tea Party – Boston, MA – w/ Savoy Brown Blues Band

March 1969
03/06-08/69 – Boston Tea Party – Boston, MA – w/ Chicago
03/14-15/69 – The Woodrose Ballroom – South Deerfield, MA – w/ The Velvet Underground
03/28/69 – The J. Geils Blues Band @ The Catacombs

April 1969
04/24-27/69 – The J. Geils Band & AUM @ Boston Tea Party, Berkley Square (Flyer)

May 1969
05/09/69 – The J. Geils Blues Band @ The Catacombs

September 1969
09/26-27/69 – The J. Geils Band @ Boston Tea Party, Lansdowne St – w/ Lonnie Mack and The Move

December 1969
12/18/69 – Van Morrison @ Symphony Hall w/ The J. Geils Band & Peter Johnson

2 comments:

  1. The J. Geils Blues Band opened The Woodrose Ballroom on March 14-15, 1969 ("slept in the Woodrose hall"), but did not play the following weekend, March 21-22, when The Velvet Underground headlined.

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    1. Cheers Steve. I've updated the listing.

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