In 1967 bassist Danny Klein (Dr. Funk or DK) along with J. Geils, vocals and guitar and lord of the lickin stick, Magic Dick (aka) Richard Salwitz formed what was to become one of the biggest bands to come out of Boston. The acoustic trio started out as the J. Geils Blues Band while the three attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
They soon added former Boston disc jockey and aspiring artist, Peter Wolf on vocals and Seth Justman on keyboards the following year.
The J.Geils Band were the original bad boys of Boston who recorded fourteen albums in fifteen years giving us such hits as "Centerfold", "Looking for a Love", "Give it to Me", "Freeze Frame" and "Must Have Got Lost."
Back in 2006, Danny Klein formed his own band, Danny Kleins Full House, and performs much of the J. Geils hit tunes at many of the Boston and surrounding area clubs.
The band includes Artie Eaton, vocals, Dave Quintiliani, keyboards, Jim Taft, drums, Richard Rosenblatt on harp and Steve Gouette on guitar.
This Examiner spoke with Danny Klein about his band:
Amy Nachbar: Why did you start your own band?
Danny Klein: Nobody else around was playing much of the J. Geils Band music and I missed not playing those songs.
One night I was playing with James Montgomery at a Yacht Club in town and Montgomery suggested that we play "Must Have Got Lost." Dave Quintiliani was in the audience and asked if he could come up and sing since he was the only one who knew the words. It was that night that Quintiliani and I discussed putting together a band that celebrated the music of the J. Geils Band.
What makes the band special to me is that all the members in my band are J. Geils fans who love the Geils music. I'm flattered that they are real fans.
AN: So does Danny Kleins Full House Band only play J. Geils music?
DK: Yes, we only play Geils music but we also play J. Geils songs that the J. Geils Band didn't play on stage. So now I play what I like to play and we change out those tunes regularly.
AN: Are you different than a tribute band?
DK: Yes, we are not a tribute band but we are true to the feeling and arrangement. We're celebrating the music of Geils and putting our own spin on it. We may have a solo in the middle of a song that wasn't necessarily in the original tune. There's no question, Peter Wolf is the greatest front man of all time but my singer Artie Eaton knows how to work an audience and puts on quite a show. We're also very lucky to have one of the only rock and roll harp players in the world, Richard Rosenblatt (aka) Rosie.
AN: Do you have any Boston or surrounding area shows coming up this month?
DK: Yes, we do. Friday, November 22, Chan's in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Saturday, November 23, at The Bull Run in Shirley.
Check out the bands website for future dates and appearances.