Plus Memories in Margate kicks off 40th year
Once again, greetings and salutations. And wow, what a tremendous Memorial Day weekend. It all started off Friday night in Egg Harbor Township when we went live at 5 at Chickie’s & Pete’s on Cruisin’ 92.1 and KOOL 98.3, and then on to Mia’s at Caesars, the fabulous restaurant from Georges Perrier and Chris Scarduzio. Mia’s was packed — so much so that starting this Friday we’ll be going live on KOOL 98.3 from Caesars’ Pool Bar so that you Geator Gold guys and gals can have more room to dance after you dine at Mia’s.
Over at Memories, the big 65th birthday party for Carol Kauffmann took place, with family and friends. Of course, Carol belongs to our dear friend Justice Bruce Kauffman. Some of the Who’s Who who came to pay respects: My old friends Lewis & Margie Katz, Marcia & Ron Rubin, and a very dear friend, Ray Perelman, plus Judy Munroe, David Pittinsky, Karen Daroff, the Hons. Ron Castille and Bob Daniels, Eliana Papadakis, and many more whose names I wish we had room to mention.
And then, on to Memories Saturday night. It was a reunion, like we never closed from last season. Jodi and Alon Howard, Chuckie & Donna Wiener, Pete & Lisa Ciarrocchi, Chuck Peruto, and my favorite partiers, the Three Amigos — Anthony, Sean, and Justin, with their sidekick Adrian. Justin celebrated a birthday in rare fashion; unfortunately I don’t know if he’ll remember it.
And if this is any indication of the way our 40th season at Memories is going to be, let’s just say it’s stellar. A special thanks to the new staff, to Deserie, and to our new manager, Ann Vassallo, for making everything run so smoothly. Remember, Memories is now open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And now, let’s ask the Geator.
Hey Jerry, is there a bio of yours anywhere? Some friends and I were trying to remember which radio stations you were on and what years, and when your TV shows were on and what stations. Thanks! — Jim McPartland, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia and all of the current stations in the Geator Gold Radio Network — WXPN, WVLT, and WTKU KOOL 98.3 — have biographies of the Geator on their Web sites. We’re also in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. But the whole story is in my book, You Only Rock Once, which will be out July 28.
Help! We are trying to identify the name and artist of the song often played immediately after the “Cupid Shuffle.” — A former Haddon Heights Jersey Girl
Talking about the song I called “longer than Gone With the Wind”? That’s “Ms. Jody’s Thang,” by Ms. Jody, who is from Mississippi and records for Ecko Records in Memphis.
Got a question for Jerry? Send it to AskTheGeator@acweekly.com or Geator Gold Radio, 626 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more info on Jerry’s appearances, go to www.geator.net — and keep on rocking, ’cause you only rock once!
The technological gadgets of today simply weren’t around when Vance was a young Jewish kid from Brooklyn, a music lover who would become a founding member of Jay & The Americans in the early 1960s. It was an era in music when things like pop charts, 45s and live radio DJs were still relevant and made a huge impact on mainstream culture.
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Once again, greetings and salutations. Unfortunately for those who have been trying to get tickets to see the Geator at the Kimmel Center with Darlene Love, Freda Payne, and the Duprees this Saturday night, it’s completely sold out. Look for our next show on May 8 with a special Mother’s Day tribute — thinking about Frankie Avalon, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, and Bobby Rydell. And if you’re home this Saturday evening, tune in to the Geator’s Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues Express on WXPN from 6-7pm for a special salute to artists and labels from the West Coast. Many folks didn’t realize that many familiar songs we heard on the East Coast were covers of originals from west of the Mississippi. For example, “Adorable” by the Drifters was originally by the Colts; “Church Bells May Ring,” the gigantic hit by the Willows with Neil Sedaka playing chimes, was first done by the Cadets on the West Coast. Also, to all of you folks who listen to...
You never know who you might meet at Memories of Margate on a typical weekend night in the summertime. Politicos on the local, regional and even national levels have shown up to savor the flavor of the place, as have film and TV stars, legendary musicians, sports figures and others in the public eye. But it’s members of the public themselves who — regardless of age, financial status, upbringing or origin — are made to feel like the Margate mainstay is their special place. South Philly prodigy, AC Weekly columnist and local legend Jerry “The Geator with the Heater” Blavat has honed a knack for making 20- to 70-somethings...