Billboard #1 Hits: #513: ‘ Centerfold’- The J.Geils Band. February 6, 1982. #1 for 6 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single:’ Centerfold’- The J. Geils Band.
  • Record Company- EMI America
  • Genre: Power Pop
  • Written by Seth Justman
  • Time: 3:36
  • B-side:’Rage In The Cage’
  • Album- Freeze Frame
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 6 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #3 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada.

Throughout the 1970’s The J. Geils Band were a popular American band and had six hits- the biggest being “Must Of Got Lost” #12 in 1974- and only one of their albums hit the Top 10- Bloodshot #10. Out of nowhere came their album Freeze Frame which would end up with three Top 40 hits- with the lead off single “Centerfold’ going to #1, “Freeze-Frame” #4 and “Angel” #40.

from Songfacts:

This was written by the band’s keyboard player Seth Justman, who wrote or co-wrote all the tracks on the Freeze Frame album. He insists that the reason you didn’t hear much synthesizer on earlier J. Geils albums is because they couldn’t afford them: The band was trapped in the record company debt cycle, constantly owing money despite their success.

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