You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music (Hardcover)

My Life in Music

By Jerry Blavat

Running Press, 9780762442157, 384pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2011



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.

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

Praise For You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music

Publishers Weekly
“This soulful memoir by a “little cockroach kid from South Philadelphia” offers readers an insider’s view into the golden era of rock and roll and pop music and entertainment.”

Publishers Weekly, 7/15/11
“Writing a narrative that teems with zest and hipness, Blavat invites readers to accompany him on the inside track through the early days of doo wop and R&B to his national stature as an influential figure on the pop scene…This soulful memoir…offers readers an insider’s view into the golden era of rock and roll and pop music and entertainment.”

Philadelphia Daily News
"Trust us, it's a page turner...chock-full of family drama, music, business dirt, celebrity encounters, mob connections an even some juicy sex."


Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA, Library Journal
“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 1960s–70s because of Blavat, "The Geator with the Heator." Disc jockey, television personality, and all around musical entrepreneur, Blavat became a pioneer in the oldies radio format after starting out in the early days of Bandstand in Philadelphia. His experiences as a radio personality, nightclub owner, and friend of the local Mafia make his memoir a treasure trove of anecdotes featuring the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Frankie Valli, and others. Verdict The writing is conversational and engaging if not exceptional…"Bill Heller, New York Post
Required Reading….A fascinating look at a fascinating life.”