You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music

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Running Press, Jul 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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.


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Although people always remember the music of their youth, they often forget who introduced them to it. For those who grew up in the Philadelphia area, chances are they heard the hits of the 1960sā ... Read full review

YOU ONLY ROCK ONCE: My Life in Music

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A longtime disk jockey spins a stack of memories about rock, the mob and surviving the music business. Blavat spent the '60s crafting a fast-talking, larger-than-life radio persona that attracted ... Read full review


Louis the Gimp
Radio and TV
Local Celebrity
4 The Street Was My Classroom
Danny and the Juniors
7 The TV Years
Going National
Memories in Margate
10 Loyalty
11 Trouble with the Law
12 Beyond Teens

6 Breaking in as a Disc Jockey

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About the author (2011)

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


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