Every Saturday night (that would be tonight) on WXPN at 6 p.m., Jerry Blavat – The Geator with the Heater, The Boss with the Hot Sauce – hosts The Geator’s Rock N Roll Rhythm and Blues Express, one hour of the legendary Philly DJ doing what he does best: playing records, talking history, telling stories and taking us back in time. The Geator has his devoted legions of fans and writer, musician, urban planner (and former WXPN intern) Jeff Barg is one of them. Barg recently wrote a Philly Love Note to the Geator:
Dear Jerry “the Geator” Blavat,
I sometimes think I was born in the wrong decade. I can read history books and comb through old Inquirer and Evening Bulletin clippings and even talk to older Philadelphians, but all that will still only tell me what the city looked and acted like. But every Saturday night at 6, I can hear what it sounded like.
The Geator’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Express is a sonic time machine to a simpler Philadelphia, a time when street corners thrummed to the rhythm of doo-wop harmonies, and literally thousands of “yon teens” would cram into the Chez Vous Lounge or the Wagner Ballroom on a Saturday night to show off the latest dance crazes.
Jerry Blavat, The Geator, hosts The Geator's Rock 'N' Roll Rhythm & Blues Express on WXPN
Tomorrow evening, Wednesday, January 9th, at 7:30pm, there will be a free sneak preview of the latest episode of the television documentary show Danny’s Guitar Shop at World Cafe Live (Upstairs). The episode, “Spinning Platters That Matter,” features World Cafe host David Dye and Jerry Blavat, The Geator With The Heator, the Boss With The Hot Sauce and Maxwell from Q102. Both Dye and Blavat will be at the sneak preview. The show is about the history of DJ’s and pop radio and will air on WHYY on Sunday January 13th and on YArts Wednesday January 16th. Danny’s Guitar Shop started as a radio feature on WXPN. You can watch previous episodes of the show here. Go here for more information about the event at World Cafe Live.
Jerry Blavat – aka The Geator With The Heater – has the incredible ability to tell some of the greatest stories from his musical past, which stretches from Bandstand on WFIL to Memories in Margate. Yesterday he posted a video on his Facebook page talking about how he persuaded the community to allow the teenagers to do “The Twist,” which initially was perceived to be a “dirty dance.” The video is from Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. Don’t forget to listen to The Geator Saturday nights at 6PM on WXPN as he hosts “The Geator’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Rhythm & Blues Express.”
Davy Jones, the one-time teen idol who was the lead singer of The Monkees, has passed away. He was 66 years old. We reached out to Jerry Blavat, The Geator With The Heater, host of The Geator’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Rhythm and Blues Express (Saturdays at 6 pm on WXPN) to talk about Davy. In March 1968, The Geator appeared on an episode of The Monkees called “Some Like It Lukewarm” where the band enters a talent contest sponsored by a local radio station. The Geator plays the radio station’s general manager. In October 1968, The Monkees made an appearance on The Geator’s television show, Jerry’s Place, to promote their new album at the time, HEAD. Talking about Davy Jones and The Monkees, The Geator had this to say:
Out of all of the guys in The Monkees, Davy was the most likable and the most fun. People ask me what their legacy was. Their legacy was they were our American answer to The Beatles – more fun, cutting it up, psychedelic. When people think of The Monkees I really believe they think about Davy Jones. I remember when they came by Jerry’s Place. You know who was with them? A very young Jack Nicholson. We did the show at WFIL (tv studios) and if you remember when the show starts I do this dance. So, Jack was standing at the studio door where I always came out of to start the show and I’d dance out the door, right up the ramp on one leg. At the end of the show Nicholson said to me: ‘Geator, how did you do that?’” But Davy, he’ll be missed. I had a lot of fun when I did their television show.
For years he’s entertained us on the radio and TV. He hosts the Geator’s Rock and Roll Rhythm & Blues Express every Saturday night on WXPN at 6 p.m. for an hour of radio that a cat like only The Geator can pull off in his inimitable way. Tonight at 7:30pm, the legendary Boss With The Hot Sauce, The Geator With The Heater, Jerry Blavat will appear at the Free Library of Philadelphia to speak about his new book You Only Rock Once: My Life In Music. The Geator will be interviewed by music journalist and musician Tom Moon. The event is free and open to the public; click here for more information.
Here’s one album we wish we still had in our collection: Jerry Blavat Presents Harvey Holiday. It was released in 1983 on Old Gold Records with songs by the Formations (“At The Top Of The Stairs”), “Breakin’ Down The Walls Of Heartache” by The Bandwagon, the Magnificent Men’s “Piece of Mind,” and “Girl I Need You” by The Artistics. Classic songs from two classic legendary Philly DJ’s, The Geator and Harvey Holiday.