Legendary Philadelphia disc jockey Jerry ‘The Geator’ Blavat dies at 82
PHILADELPHIA — Jerry Blavat, the legendary disc jockey referred to as “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Boss with the Scorching Sauce” has died, Motion Information has realized. He was 82.
He handed away at 3:45 a.m. Friday at hospice at Jefferson-Methodist Hospital from the consequences of myasthenia gravis and associated well being points.
He leaves behind 4 daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his longtime associate Keely Stahl.
Blavat was not too long ago affected by medical points associated to a shoulder damage and needed to cancel an upcoming present on the Kimmel Cultural Campus attributable to his well being, in accordance to his website.
Born in South Philadelphia to a Jewish father and Italian mom, music ran via his veins from childhood. “The Geator” was broadly referred to as one of many early rock-and-roll DJs who revolutionized the career and developed the “oldies” format.
Blavat appeared on a number of tv exhibits and movies together with “The Monkees,” “Desperately In search of Susan,” “Child, It is You” and “Cookie.”
In 1953, he debuted on the unique Bandstand on the age of 13. Producers of the Channel 6 present in Philly found their widespread dancer was under the age restrict, however let him keep to assist choose data.
Years later, he went on to host “The Discophonic Scene,” a dance present that featured among the greatest stars of the period.
Blavat’s enthusiasm, expertise and pure knack for understanding what would hit with teenagers led first to a syndicated radio present, then a TV present within the Sixties.
For many years, he entertained crowds with exhibits throughout the Philadelphia area and spent his summers down on the shore the place he owned the favored dance membership “Reminiscences in Margate.”
It was a profession that led to many friendships with large entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles and even Frank Sinatra.
“All people’s been there. My mother cooked for (Frank) Sinatra there. She additionally cooked for Sammy Davis, Jr. there. Chuck Berry appeared there,” Blavat mentioned of “Reminiscences” throughout a 2022 interview with the New Jersey Stage.
Together with his famously adopted nicknames “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Boss with the Scorching Sauce,” he hosted numerous dances and helped break many acts, together with the 4 Seasons and the Isley Brothers, additionally boosting Philadelphia artists like Bobby Rydell.
He appeared recurrently within the Italian American Parade in Philadelphia and was a visitor for a few years in 6abc’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In 1993, Blavat was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Corridor of Fame. You’ll find his identify on the Stroll of Fame alongside the Avenue of the Arts in Middle Metropolis.
Since 1998, he seems in a everlasting exhibit within the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame; he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s Corridor of Fame in 2002.
When requested about his profession as a disc jockey and rise to fame, Blavat instructed the New Jersey Stage, “So my life has been about great individuals. And if it ends tomorrow, I am going to don’t have any regrets as a result of I made individuals pleased, and by making individuals pleased, it fulfilled my life.”
Blavat by no means wished to cease sharing his love for music and Philadelphia.
It doesn’t matter what, that beat will all the time pulse all through this metropolis’s veins with the vibrancy and zest solely the “Boss with the Scorching Sauce” might unfold.
This story has been up to date to indicate that Jerry Blavat is a part of a everlasting exhibit on the Rock and Roll Corridor Fame, however was not an inductee.
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