Friday, March 7, 2014

Happy Birthday Peter Wolf!!

1946 – Peter Wolf is born in the Bronx, N.Y. He is the lead singer of the J. Geils Band until 1983, reuniting several times with the band, including a reunion tour in 1999. He marries actress Faye Dunaway on Aug. 7, 1974, and divorces her in 1979.

He planned a career as an artist, but he got a job in the late 1960s as a disc jockey on Boston FM radio station WBCN and began exploring his interest in blues and rhythm and blues music, giving himself the nickname "the Wolfa Goofa", sometimes expanded to "the Wolfa Goofa with the Green Teeth" (as mentioned in the intro to the semi-hit "Must Have Got Lost" on J. Geils Band's Blow Your Face Out album). 
Later as solo artist he called himself "Woofa Goofa Mama Toofa". Wolf, Doug Slade, Joe Clark, Paul Shapiro, and Stephen Jo Bladd formed a group called the Hallucinations who performed with The Velvet Underground, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, and Sun Ra. 

He then saw the J. Geils Blues Band in concert and quickly joined in 1967. He was the vocalist and frontman, and often acted as a sort of manager. Wolf was known for his charismatic stage antics of fast-talking quips and "pole-vaulting" with the microphone stand. He and keyboard player Seth Justman were responsible for most of the songwriting. Creative differences followed their Freeze Frame album, causing the J. Geils Band and Peter Wolf to part ways in 1983.

Wolf became a solo artist for the next 15 years, but in 1999 the J. Geils Band reunited for several appearances, with Wolf resuming his duties as lead vocalist. They separated again, and Wolf began touring as a solo act once more.