Philadelphia radio personality Jerry Blavat known as the “Geator with the Heater” has left us at 82.
His tireless promotion of pioneering Black artists of the 1950s and 1960s shaped the pop music culture of the city where he maintained an iconic presence for seven decades.
He went on to make his mark as a band manager, record store and club owner, TV host, concert promoter, deejay, friend to the famous, and a living breathing, irreplaceable repository of Philadelphia music history.
Jerry was a genius self-promoter, who also dubbed himself “The Boss with the Hot Sauce”, and was supremely well-connected in the music world and show business.
Artists like Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin benefited from his early support and remained loyal to him through the decades. He became friends with Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1950s and was the Best Man at his wedding in 1970.
In 1993, Jerry Blavat was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame.
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