I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Philadelphia icon, American disc jockey and performer Jerry Blavat. There was no one and will never be anyone like him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the millions who had the chance to love him. Sad day Philly.
Jerry Blavat, better known as “Geator with Heater” and “Big Boss with Hot Sauce,” was an American disc jockey and performer who had a significant impact on the promotion of Oldies music on the radio. He was born on July 3, 1940. He became well-known in the Philadelphia area by organizing live dance parties, which led to the creation of his own independent radio program. Throughout the 1960s, he introduced many acts to large audiences, including the Four Seasons and the Ace Lee Brothers. To an Italian mother and a Jewish father, Blavat was born in South Philadelphia.
On the original bandstand of WFIL-TV in 1953, Blavat made his performance debut alongside Lee Stewart and Bob Horn. In 1956, he was the tour manager for Danny and the Juniors, and in 1958–1959, he was Don Rickles’ valet. In 1960, he began his career in radio. By 1963, Camden, Atlantic City, Trenton, Pottstown, Wilmington, and Allentown had syndicated his broadcasts. In his own words, he “plays the music from his heart, without researching the charts” and claims to not employ playlists. In the 1960s, Blavat founded Lost Nite and Crimson Records with Jared Weinstein and Jerry Greene, the inventor of Collectables Records. The Recording Museum, a now-defunct network of record shops with locations in Philadelphia, was co-owned by the three as well.
The Discophonic Scene, which Blavat developed and headlined in Philadelphia from 1965 to 1967, was a “discophonic scene” based on American Bandstand (which started in Philadelphia a decade earlier). Dance curriculum for all my (sic) teenagers. He’s dubbed “geator with heater” and “huge boss with hot sauce” himself. On TV shows like The Mod Squad, The Monkees, The Tonight Show, and The Joey Bishop Show, he has appeared as a guest. He made cameos in the movies “Cookies,” “It’s You Baby,” and “Desperately Seeking Susan.” Blavat purchased the Memories nightclub in Margate, New Jersey, in 1972.
I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Philadelphia icon, American disc jockey and performer Jerry Blavat.
There was no one and will never be anyone like him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the millions who had the chance to love him.
Sad day Philly. 💔 pic.twitter.com/IPwdn9C1PM
— Natalie Egenolf (@NatalieEgenolf) January 19, 2023