Peter Wolf Biography

7 March 1947, New York City, New York, USA. Formerly singer with the Boston-based J. Geils Band, a band he led for 15 years, Wolf went solo in 1983 following their acrimonious break-up. He only briefly emulated their commercial success with Lights Out, his 1984 solo debut which produced two hit singles. After the release of a follow-up collection, Come As You Are, his record label, EMI Records America, ceased operations. He followed executive Irving Azoff to MCA Records, for whom he recorded Up To No Good in 1990. However, when Azoff left the label shortly after its release, his career once more hit a hurdle. In 1996, Wolf released his first solo effort in more than six years. Long Line revealed a more intimate, roots-orientated approach than had previously been the case, its reflective tone engendered by the fact that Wolf had recently turned 50. It included two songs co-written with Aimee Mann, ‘Starving To Death’ and ‘Forty To One’. He moved to Mercury Records for 1998’s solid Fool’s Parade, but better was to come with the mature and soulful Sleepless in 2002. This album featured a mix of old blues and new songs, with lyrics by Will Jennings.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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