I came to know The J. Geils Band via airplay on WDVE in Pittsburgh, PA. The first song of theirs I remember hearing was their cover of The Contour’s single “First I Look at the Purse.” Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers wrote the song and Robinson produced The Countours’ 1965 recording. The original never made it into the Top 40, but placed at #12 on Billboard’s R&B chart.
The studio cover version by The J. Geils Band appeared on their self-titled debut LP. It also was the flip of their debut single “Homework (Ain’t Gonna Do It Baby),” which also appeared on the debut album. The single failed to chart, but “First I Look at the Purse” received significant AOR airplay in 1970.