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Listen to Ben Vaughn’s tribute to legendary DJ Jerry Blavat, The Geator With the Heater

The Geator | photo courtesy of the artist

Our friend Ben Vaughn, musician, producer and host of WXPN’s weekly Many Moods of Ben Vaughn on Saturdays at 5pm ET, recently paid tribute to one of the greatest DJs in the world, Philly’s very own Jerry Blavat, The Geator With The Heater, The Big Boss With The Big Hot Sauce. The Geator shares Saturdays on WXPN with Ben, with his show, The Geator’s Rock & Roll Rhythm & Blues Express at 6PM.

“A true force of nature” is how Ben describes The Geator. But The Geator is much much more than that. He’s a Philly radio institution, who always plays “music from the heart not a research chart.” He started out as a dancer on Bandstand, and he went on to becoming a world renown DJ, television show host, recording artist, and former record label owner who still puts on some of the greatest dance parties for yon teenagers of all ages.

Several years ago, Ben interviewed The Geator, and the results are just magical. Listen to the special tribute to the Geator below, in the player. It’s an incredible history about The Geator with the music and the memories of all time. Listen in the player below.

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World Cafe and The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn celebrate 4th of July with patriotic programming tomorrow

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This 4th of July WXPN is heading out on the road with World Cafe and Ben Vaughn.  At 2:00 p.m. World Cafe Host David Dye will be speaking with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in a session recorded live at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee where the California-based band performed tracks from their latest Specter at the Feast LP.  In the show’s second hour, Duane Allman’s daughter Galadrielle will discuss her late father’s musical career and her involvement with the new Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective Box-set.

The patriotic programming continues at 6:00 p.m. with a special edition of The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn and his American Music Road Trip.  With selections from the country’s major music cities, the two-hour program will travel from Chicago and New Orleans to New Houston and Philadelphia and all places in-between.  Check out a sampling of Ben Vaughn’s American Music Road Trip playlist below and listen live to the patriotic programming on 88.5 XPN or stream via XPN.org.

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Photo of the moment: the Ben Vaughn Combo circa 1986

Our friend Ben Vaughn must have an incredible collection of old photos, assuming he can find them amongst his tens of thousands of records. From his days with the Ben Vaughn Combo to his various record producing gigs over the years, Ben occasionally posts them to his Facebook. Ben describes the photo above: “The Combo in Philly. JFK Plaza lunchtime concert, 1986. Gus says he might still own those pants.” Don’t miss The Many Moods Of Ben Vaughn radio show Saturdays at 5pm on XPN. He can play anything he wants and make it sound great.

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Listen to a new song from Aaron Freeman (Gene of Ween), “As I Love My Own”

photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media

To many music fans, Gene Ween is known as the lead singer of Ween; since the mid ’80s, he and childhood friend Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) have been performing under that name. These days, Gene (real name Aaron Freeman) is getting ready to release his debut solo album as Aaron Freeman, called Marvelous Clouds. It is being released by Partisan Records on May 8th and was produced by Ben Vaughn—producer and host of The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn (Saturdays at 5 pm on WXPN). Vaughn last worked with Freeman when Vaughn produced Ween’s 1996 release 12 Golden Country Greats. Marvelous Clouds contains all covers of songs by the poet, musician, and author Rod McKuen. Below, listen to “As I Love My Own.”

Aaron Freeman – As I Love My Own by Shore Fire Media

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This Weekend: Listen to a special edition of “The Philly Moods Of Ben Vaughn”

At 5 p.m. on Saturdays, XPN broadcasts a show hosted by Ben Vaughn called The Many Moods Of Ben Vaughn. This weekend, Ben has produced a special all-Philly show he’s calling “The Philly Moods of Ben Vaughn.” The first airing of this will be this Saturday, July 2nd, from 4-6 p.m. (It will be rebroadcast on Monday, July 4th, from 4-6 p.m.) This is one show you don’t want to miss. As Ben says: “A Frank Stallone alert is necessary here.”