July 26, 2011
Ya gotta move fast to keep up with The Geator. He heats up the airwaves with weekly radio shows on stations around the region, some of them broadcast live from his many gigs at area clubs and casinos, as well as his longtime club Memories in Margate, N.J. The Website geator.net is your link to all things Blavat. Here you'll find info on his fan club, his signature dance steps and where to find the rare and out-of-print vinyl records he loves. On Monday at 7:30 p.m., Blavat will chat about "You Only Rock Once" and sign copies at the Central Library, 1901 Vine St. Free.
July 31, 2011 |
The summer wind is blowing hot on a recent Sunday night, but Jerry Blavat is rolling cool. Exiting a car plastered with stickers bearing his visage in various stages of Geator-dom, Blavat bops up the steps of an Old City restaurant, snapping his fingers. He has just spent the weekend deejaying and entertaining crowds at his Memories nightclub in Margate. Strolling into Positano Coast, "The Geator" greets the owner with a chipper "My man, pots 'n' pans" and a group of elders with a hand-clapping, fast-pattering set of salutations.
February 25, 1995 |
The Boss with the Hot Sauce says he never laid a finger on Lady Love. "That's not my style," Philadelphia's most famous deejay, Jerry Blavat, said yesterday during a press conference at the Bala Cynwyd offices of his radio station, WPGR-AM (1540). Blavat, 54, met with reporters after the Daily News reported yesterday that Sharon "Lady Love" Powell-Ross, 32, had filed a federal sex harassment lawsuit against her boss, Blavat. Though he first read from a statement, Blavat answered reporters' questions frankly in the familiar patter he has recited during 33 years on the air. "I think the people of Philadelphia know my style," Blavat said.
June 21, 2015 |
MARGATE, N.J. - At Memories, everyone pretty much is peddling a first time with Jerry Blavat. "I used to sneak out to go see him when I was 16, on 69th Street," says Linda Eliason, 68. "I went to Bonner," says Ray Supplee, 68. "I used to go a long, long time ago to Chez Vous [the roller rink in Upper Darby]. " Some people really can't shake the guy. "I met him in Philadelphia at a dance at Wagner's Ballroom," said Sima Bartels, 73, stuck in an admittedly hard-core Blavat time warp of deejay longing for the self-styled "Geator with the Heater, the Boss with the Hot Sauce.
January 26, 2013
Film New this week: Amour (**** out of four stars) Michael Haneke's remarkable and heart-breaking portrait of an elderly couple, starring French New Wave icons Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, is a sad and beautiful - and occasionally frightening - masterpiece. Rated PG-13. - Steven Rea Music Divas Despite a recent death in her family, Darlene Love will join Freda Payne, Baby Washington, Candi Staton, and other luminaries Saturday at the Kimmel Center for Jerry Blavat: The Divas of All Time.
June 5, 2004 |
Joe Niagara, 76, known as the Rockin' Bird and one of the great Philadelphia disc jockeys from the golden age of rock and roll, died of heart failure yesterday following cancer surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He had been fighting bladder cancer for the last few years. His wife, Evelyn, said he died about 3:30 a.m. Mike Bowe announced the death yesterday afternoon on WPEN-AM (950), Mr. Niagara's last station. "When people mention the great disc jockeys of Philadelphia, they always mention Joe Niagara, Hy Lit and Jerry Blavat," said Clark DeLeon, a former Inquirer columnist who is writing a biography of Lit. "Niagara transcended being a normal disc jockey.
April 13, 2015 |
It was a year ago last Thursday that Gary Ginsberg stood on Market Street and watched his life go up in flames. All those suits in Crayola colors, all that polyester, all those luminous shirts and wonderfully fat-knotted ties, all that imitation gator skin, just disappearing in the fire. All that family history. Gone. Suit Corner was burning. It had been a cruel stretch. A month earlier, Gary's mother, Linda, had passed. Weeks later, Gary was measuring a customer when across the street his Uncle Marvin's store, Shirt Corner, sold and under demolition, collapsed.
September 18, 2014 |
BACK IN THE early '60s, Mike "Teardrops" Silenzio needed a lead singer for the doo-wop group he was putting together. Mike attended South Philadelphia High School and he was chums with Fabian Forte, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and other kids who would go on to stellar singing careers, and he knew what he was looking for. His group, the Masters, consisted of Mike himself as second tenor, baritone Rich Finizio, his cousin Frank "Tweetie" Condo...
April 1, 2011 |
When singer Kim Weston recalls the Uptown Theater, she remembers making a stunning entrance in a beautiful skintight gown that brought the crowd to a frenzy in the early 1960s. "I started singing behind the curtain," said Weston, who had hit records on the emerging Motown label. "When they finally opened up the curtains, somebody in the audience yelled, 'Oh my God, how much for the dress?' " Weston said. "That young man and I grew to be good friends. " Weston, who in 1966 recorded the iconic hit duet "It Takes Two" with Marvin Gaye and had solo records as well, was sharing her recollections Thursday with students in a Temple University class devoted to the historic Uptown and another class focused on Motown Records.
June 5, 1989 |
The new "Philadelphia Freedom - Together" album showcases Philadelphia musicians. How about a sequel album of Philadelphia songs - songs that plug the city with their titles, lyrics or geographical references? Such an album would be a real grab-bag of tunes, some sufficiently famous to be immortalized in Trivial Pursuit's RPM edition; others so obscure that even natives might not remember them. Think of the possibilities: "South Street" by the Orlons, where all the hippies continue to meet.