You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music

You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music

by Jerry Blavat


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Jerry Blavat's rockin' life story pulses with celebrity names, infamous episodes and "offers readers an insider's view into the golden era of rock and roll and pop music and entertainment" raves Publishers Weekly.

The long-awaited autobiography of entertainment icon Jerry Blavat, You Only Rock Once is the wildly entertaining and unfiltered story of the man whose career began at the age of 13 on the TV dance show Bandstand and became a music legend. Lifelong friendships with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra, a controversial relationship with Philadelphia Mafia boss Angelo Bruno that resulted in a decade-long FBI investigation, and much more colors this amazing journey from the early 60s through today. Now, some 50 years after his first radio gig, Blavat puts it all in perspective in this uniquely American tale of a "little cockroach kid" borne out of the immigrant experience who lived the American Dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762450183
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 295,592
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jerry Blavat was one of the early rock-and-roll deejays who revolutionized the profession and invented the “Oldies” format. He had national success in the ’60s as host of the popular CBS-TV dance show The Discophonic Scene, but is best known as a high-energy oldies deejay on the air and at live events throughout the Middle Atlantic region. With a successful nightclub outside Atlantic City, NJ (Memories); regular radio shows on 88.5 FM WXPN in Philadelphia, 92.1 FM WVLT in South Jersey, and 98.3 FM WTKU in Atlantic City; and scores of sold-out live dance events every year, Blavat is as popular as ever. He lives in Philadelphia, PA. Please visit him at


Table of Contents

Foreword Dick Clark 13

Acknowledgments 14

Prologue 16

1 Trouble on the Home Front: Louis the Gimp 17

2 Lifeline: Radio and TV 21

3 The Bandstand Years: Local Celebrity 35

4 The Street Was My Classroom 55

5 Road Managing: Danny and the Juniors 76

6 Breaking in as a Disc Jockey 101

7 The TV Years 167

8 Pied Piper: Going National 186

9 The Lean Years: Memories in Margate 223

10 Loyalty 265

11 Trouble with the Law 271

12 Beyond Teens 310

Index 348

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You Only Rock Once 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Charlewar More than 1 year ago
Am not sure if this email will reach Jerry, had his email addy but lost it and others when I smartphone. Am Charles, the trainer at the Marriott in Ft Jerry's book and through it relived many of my teen years in the Wilmington-Philadelphia area back in the 50's and 60's. Just amazing having listened to many of those broadcasts and now finding out what actually happened behind the, after living and working in Philly for 40 years, the locations mentioned in the book jumped out at me...was like going back home to the good old days when life seemed so simple. The pics in the book of Jerry's early years and the celebs he came in contact with were riveting; life long idols brought to life! What a great story from a legend....I hope this message gets to Jerry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought reluctantly but it is fun to read about people and places you recognize. Blavat, in his own words, is a major mover and shaker. My late uncle, a retired Philly homocide detective, recalled to us that Jerry had once been on aMob hit list for talking too much about things that should have been left unsaid. A friend had the contract cancelled. Fabrication and exaggeration abound. But if you read with a grain or two of salt, it is a pleasent way to pass a couple of hours.
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