Today I offer a quick tribute to a beloved Philadelphia icon who passed away last week, with a longer one hopefully to follow soon.
Friday January 20th saw the passing of Jerry Blavat, a longtime radio DJ and nightclub owner here in Philly. Blavat started as a dancer on the original Bandstand show, hosted first by Bob Horn and then Dick Clark. Blavat moved on to being a radio DJ and made connections with many celebritites such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and worked for Don Rickles.
Blavat became well known enough in show business circles in the '60s to earn a guest appearance in an episode of The Monkees, titled "Some Like It Lukewarm." Here is that episode.
Enjoy! I hope to have more on Blavat soon.