Jerry Blavat was an American performer and disc jockey who was also popularly known as “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Big Boss with the Hot Sauce.” He had been a major influence in promoting oldies’ music on the radio. He initially gained local popularity by hosting live dance shows in the area which was soon followed by achieving an independent radio show in the 1960s.
His radio show was his medium to introduce several acts to the public, including a few like the Four Seasons and The Isley Brothers. This Philadelphia icon was greatly popular and respected among big names in the music industry.
Jerry gained interest in music in his early teen years, joining the original American Bandstand with DJ Bob Horn and Lee Stewart as a dancer at the age of 13 in 1953. But, when the producers found out that he was underage, they let him stay to pick records, per Philadelphia Action News.
He got his radio show in 1960 and has never looked back ever since. He gained immense success over the years and also appeared on several television shows like The Mod Squad, The Monkees, The Tonight Show, and The Joey Bishop Show as a guest star. He also cameos in the films Desperately Seeking Susan, Baby It’s You, and Cookie.
In 1972, he bought a nightclub in Margate, N. J., and named it Memories. He has recalled befriending several popular celebrities who visited the nightclub. “Everybody’s been there. My mom cooked for [Frank] Sinatra there. She also cooked for Sammy Davis Jr. there. Chuck Berry appeared there,” he said.
According to the news, Jerry Blavat passed away on 20 January 2023 at 3:45 a.m. at Jefferson-Methodist Hospital. His death cause was primarily related to myasthenia gravis, a health condition that involves the breakdown of communication between the nerves and the muscles. Per the outlet, Jerry was also suffering from additional related health issues.
Given that he was supposed to perform on 28th January, which was later canceled due to an injury, his death might come as a shock to many fans.
Jerry is survived by four daughters, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his long-term partner Keely Stahl. At this time, it is unclear if there will be a public memorial service for Jerry.