Must Have Got Lost – J. Geils Band | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#12), 1975

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Yes, there really is a J. Geils. Jerome Geils, to be exact. Except the lead singer of his band was Peter Wolf, to the confusion of new fans when the J. Geils Band became more widely known outside of its native Boston. Yet, there could be no mistaking their sound. Oblivious to musical trends, such as Glam and Prog and -later – Punk, JGB maintained its rock-and-blues brand of music and 1950’s greaser image that it had established back in 1967. The JGB built its reputation through constant touring and word-of mouth publicity about their exciting live performances. It was a long road, yet, by 1972, when “Live” – Full House went gold, there were signs they might be closing in on national singles success. Although 1973’s Give It To Me outperformed earlier 45’s at #30, another two years would pass before Must Have Got Lost grazed the upper reaches of the Hot 100.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Bill Szymczyk

Lyrics Written by:

  • Peter Wolf
  • Seth Justman