Jerry Blavat, The Geator With The Heator, is one of Philly’s greatest music legends. So when you’re talking the Philly music scene from the earliest days of American Bandstand, when The Geator was a dancer on the show, the go-to guy, hands down, is The Boss With The Hot Sauce. Every Saturday night at 6 p.m., Jerry DJ’s The Geator’s Rock and Roll Rhythm and Blues Express on WXPN, and XPN’s Bob Bumbera got him on the phone to drop some awesome history for Philly Music Day, #tbtXPN. Continue reading →
Check out the photo below of two of our favorite DJ’s: Jerry Blavat, The Geator With The Heator, and Ben Vaughn. Ben tells us the photo was taken in 1996 at KCRW’s studios in Los Angeles when Ben was doing the video shoot for his album Rambler ’65, in which The Geator makes a guest voiceover cameo appearance. WXPN has The Geator and Ben on the radio weekly; iisten to The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn Saturdays at 5PM followed by The Geator’s Rock N Roll Rhythm and Blues Express at 6PM. WXPN Welcomes the Ben Vaughn Quintet to the Tin Angel on Tuesday, November 13th. Go here to buy tickets and for more information about the show. Below the photo be sure to watch the video for the song. Photo below compliments of Ben Vaughn
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.