PHILADELPHIA — Jerry Blavat, the legendary disc jockey known as “The Hot Sauce Boss” and “The Hot Sauce Boss,” has died, Action News reports. He was 82.

He died at 3:45 a.m. Friday in hospice care at Jefferson Methodist Hospital from the effects of myasthenia gravis and related health problems.

He is survived by four daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his longtime partner, Keely Stahl.

Blavat recently suffered from health issues related to a shoulder injury and was forced to cancel an upcoming show at Kimmel’s Culture Village due to health concerns. to his website.

Born in South Philadelphia to a Jewish and Italian mother, music ran through his veins from childhood. “The Geator” was widely known as one of the first rock and roll DJs who revolutionized the profession and developed the “oldies” format.

Blavat has appeared in several TV shows and movies, including Monkeys, Desperately Searching for Susan, Baby, It’s You, and Cookies.

In 1953, he made his debut on the original variety show at the age of 13. The producers of the Channel 6 show in Philly discovered that their popular dancer was under the age limit, but allowed him to stay to help with the record selection.

Years later, he went on to host The Discophonic Scene, a dance show featuring some of the era’s biggest stars.

Blavat’s enthusiasm, talent and natural ability to know what would be popular with teenagers led first to a syndicated radio show and then to a television show in the 1960s.

For decades, he entertained show crowds throughout the Philadelphia region and spent his summers on the waterfront, where he owned the popular dance club Memories in Margate.

It was a career that led to many friendships with such great artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles and even Frank Sinatra.

“Everyone was there. My mom cooked for (Frank) Sinatra there. She also cooked for Sammy Davis Jr. there. Chuck Berry was there,” Blavat said of “Memories” in an interview in 2022 the New Jersey scene.

With his famous nicknames of “Heatar with the Hot Sauce” and “Hot Sauce Boss,” he hosted countless dances and helped break many acts, including the Four Seasons and the Isley Brothers, and supported Philadelphia acts such as Bobby Rydell.

He was a regular at the Italian American Parade in Philadelphia and was a guest on 6abc’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for many years.

In 1993, Blavat was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Hall of Fame. You can find his name on the Walk of Fame along Arts Avenue in Center City.

It has been on permanent display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998; he was inducted into the Philadelphia Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2002.

When asked about his career as a disc jockey and his rise to fame, Blavat told New Jersey Stage, “So my life has been about great people. And when it ends tomorrow, I won’t be sorry because I made people happy, and making people happy filled my life.”

Blavat never wanted to stop sharing his love of music and Philadelphia.

No matter what, that beat will always pulse through the veins of this city with the vibrancy and zest that only the Hot Sauce Boss can deliver.


This story has been updated to show that Jerry Blavat is part of the permanent exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but was not an inductee.

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