The Geator with the Heater

JERRY BLAVAT

Once again, greetings and salutations. Yep, this is the big weekend, the celebration of a kid called the Geator and a guy called Sam. As you know, the Geator was born the 3rd of July and Sam was the 4th -- but Sam did much greater things than the Geator. The Geator plays music, dances and makes people happy -- but Sam is the reason why I can do all these things, because he led the way.

And here's the deal. The party actually will begin at Memories in Margate Thursday, July 2, because July 3 is a holiday and folks will be coming down for the weekend after work on Thursday. So that's when we'll start partying, with food from Barrels, Tony Luke's, Chickie & Pete's, Modo Mio and Paesano's, The party will continue Friday with happy hour starting at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m., with special surprises all weekend long and we'll be broadcasting live on KOOL 98.3 FM Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Plus on Sunday, a special performance by Bobby Kulik from the Happenings. So plan to join us.

And even though the KOOL 98.3 live broadcast can only be heard locally, you can hear it live from Memories on Friday night between 5 and 7 p.m. no matter where you are over the Cruisin' live stream at WVLT.com. And we're still hoping for a resumption of the KOOL 98.3 live stream to out of towners, so keep your fingers crossed and send a note to the station to let them know that you miss it.

Meanwhile the stars have been shining at Memories. My pal Louie and the Galdo crew, little Terry from Ianelli's, Roseann and the good Dr. Hussain, Dr. DePace, the Hon. Ron Donatucci and his lovely Steffi and on and on. What always amazes me is how many young people just past the age of 21 and how many people from all over the country are really into the magic that happens at Memories -- folks from Wilkes-Barre, Hazelton, even Hawaii, along with visitors from the Villages and Lago Mar in Florida and folks from the West Coast who love Memories. And a special hello to Joe and Sharon who listen from Virginia every Friday on WVLT.com.

And a question: whatever happened to the Three Amigos? Rumor has it that Anthony, Justin and Sean have been lassoed by three ladies and are tied down elsewhere. So, girls, thus ends the saga of the Three Amigos -- but not for Butch and Vanessa, or Tom and Amanda, or our favorite meteorologists, Joe and Mary.

Well, we need some room to answer your questions, so in our next column you'll read about even more of the true stars who will attend our birthday celebration, such as Congressman Brady, the folks from the Philadelphia Daily News, my buddy Dr. A.J. DiMarino of Jefferson Hospital, and our old friend Herb Lipson, who founded Philadelphia magazine. And speaking of Philly mag, if you got the July issue which is now on the newsstands, there's an interesting photo of yours truly as part of a spread on local celebrities as you've never seen them before. But right now, it's time to ask the Geator.

Do you remember doing a compilation album in the '60s called "TV Story Songbook"? The track selection was unique for the time . . . unavailable on any other album. -- Peter Whitney, Bowness-on-Solway, U.K.

Sure do, and we put it a version of it on CD several years ago. That album came about because I had just joined WFIL doing "The Jerry Blavat Show" on Saturdays between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. opposite Jackie Gleason, who had the #1 rated show on America -- yet locally we beat him in ratings. Walter Annenberg, who owned Triangle Publications, WFIL's parent company, was inquiring about all the albums I had out and asked me if I could create an album about doing the TV show here. What I did with the "TV Song Storybook" was not only an album but a pictorial about the kids who were a part of the "Commitee," along with the dance steps to the Wagner Walk, pictures from behind the scenes, and it was quite different from the other albums that I did.

I was listening to your radio show when you played "The Dance Is Over" by Billy & the Essentials. What a fabulous song. I had never heard it before. -- Miriam P., Hatboro

I agree. And if you like that version, you really should hear the original by the Shirelles. It was the B side of their hit "Tonight's the Night."

And here's a trivia question for you -- if you've been listening to our live broadcasts, you will know the answer to this one. The Shirelles had two No. 1 hits. What were they? (Answer below.)

Jerry, how come you aren't broadcasting live from Taphouse 23 on Crusin' 92.1? It was great hearing the first show live from there. I tuned in the next week for the live show but it was you were on a prerecorded show from your studio. I love your live broadcasts. -- Ryan James Doran of Philly's Flashbacks

I agree with you that the live broadcasts are a lot of fun and during the summer we do a live broadcast every Tuesday from Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Wednesday from the Sands in Bethlehem, and Friday and Saturday from Memories. As you know, these live broadcasts are all dance music. We need the other days during the week to vary our programming. So we have a themed show on WXPN on Saturdays, streetcorner harmony on Thursdays, Sinatra and friends on Sundays, and just one day, Monday, that allows me to do whatever I feel like doing. But keep on listening and once in a while we may be able to do a live broadcast from the Taphouse.

Jerry, wish you would come to North Wildwood, we have no place to go for over 55 crowd. -- Connie Baker

As you may know by now, we started our Thursday night dance parties at the brand new Bay Club in Wildwood (the former Lighthouse Pointe) on June 25. Though we'll be at Memories this Thursday, July 2, we'll resume in Wildwood next Thursday, July 9, and every Thursday through Labor Day. Music starts at 8 p.m. and we party till midnight.

Answer to this week's trivia question: The Shirelles' No. 1 hits were "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in 1960, which was the first Billboard No. 1 hit by a girl group, and "Soldier Boy" in 1962. If you guessed "Dedicated to the One I Love," "Mama Said," "Foolish Little Girl," or "Baby, It's You," these were not No. 1 but they all made the Top 10.

For complete info on Jerry’s appearances go to Geator.net. Got a question for the Geator? Send it to geatorella@yahoo.com, watch this column for the answer -- and remember, keep on rocking, 'cause you only rock once!

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