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Name: Peter Wolf  
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Date of Birth: 25th August 1952
Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria
Profession: Composer
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Peter Wolf (born Peter Blankfield on March 7, 1946) is an American rock and roll musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1982.

He planned a career as an artist, but landed a job in the late 1960s as a disc jockey on then-cutting edge Boston FM radio station WBCN and began exploring his interest in blues and rhythm and blues music, giving himself the nickname "the Woofer Goofer", sometimes expanded to "the Woofer Goofer with the Green Teeth". He formed a group called the Hallucinations, then saw the then J. Geils Blues Band in concert and quickly joined. He was the vocalist and frontman, and often acted as a sort of manager. He and keyboard player Seth Justman were responsible for most of the song writing, but Wolf left the group in 1983. He and the group felt their creativity was stagnating and they were faced with a decision to follow the path they had been on, or the new path which had won them chart success with "Centerfold", a pop music record with very little traditional blues or rhythm and blues content.

Wolf was a solo act for the next 15 years, but in 1999 the J. Geils Band reunited for several appearances, with Wolf resuming his duties as lead vocalist; however, despite the eager anticipoation of fans, ticket sales were extremely disappointing. They have since separated again, probably with no hope of reunion, and Wolf is once more touring as a solo act, while the Geils band without him continues to appear from time to time.

Wolf's first solo record, Lights Out, was produced by Michael Jonzun of the Jonzun Crew, also features Adrian Belew, and has a somewhat funky, electro sound. His last two solo albums, Fool's Parade and Sleepless (the latter featuring guest appearances from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards), were both highly praised by Jann Wenner in Rolling Stone, receiving four-and-a-half and five stars, respectively. Sleepless was noted as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time in Rolling Stone issue 937.

Wolf was married to actress Faye Dunaway from 1974 to 1979.


  • Lights Out, 1983
  • Come As You Are, 1987
  • Up To No Good, 1990
  • Long Line, 1996
  • Fool's Parade, 1998
  • Sleepless, 2002

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