Legendary Philadelphia disc jockey Jerry ‘The Geator’ Blavat dies at 82


PHILADELPHIA — Jerry Blavat, the legendary disc jockey often known as “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Boss with the Scorching Sauce” has died, Motion Information has discovered. He was 82.

He handed away at 3:45 a.m. Friday at hospice at Jefferson-Methodist Hospital from the results of myasthenia gravis and associated well being points.

He leaves behind 4 daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his longtime companion Keely Stahl.

Blavat was not too long ago affected by medical points associated to a shoulder harm and needed to cancel an upcoming present on the Kimmel Cultural Campus as a consequence of his well being, in accordance with his web site.

Born in South Philadelphia to a Jewish father and Italian mom, music ran by means of his veins from childhood. “The Geator” was extensively often known 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 reveals and movies together with “The Monkees,” “Desperately Searching for 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 well-liked dancer was beneath the age restrict, however let him keep to assist decide data.

Years later, he went on to host “The Discophonic Scene,” a dance present that featured a few of the largest stars of the period.

Blavat’s enthusiasm, expertise and pure knack for figuring out 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 reveals throughout the Philadelphia area and spent his summers down on the shore the place he owned the favored dance membership “Recollections in Margate.”

It was a profession that led to many friendships with massive entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles and even Frank Sinatra.

“Everyone’s been there. My mother cooked for (Frank) Sinatra there. She additionally cooked for Sammy Davis, Jr. there. Chuck Berry appeared there,” Blavat stated of “Recollections” throughout a 2022 interview with the New Jersey Stage.

Along 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 Heart Metropolis.

He seems within the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame and 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 advised the New Jersey Stage, “So my life has been about great folks. And if it ends tomorrow, I will don’t have any regrets as a result of I made folks completely happy, and by making folks completely happy, 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” may unfold.

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