Legendary Philadelphia DJ and television host Jerry Blavat passed away early today and we remembered that he had participated in a recording of a song in Conshohocken back in 2011. David Uosikkinen, who is the Hooters’ drummer and lives locally, was bringing together Philadelphia-based musicians under the name In the Pocket to record covers of songs he considered Philadelphia’s essential songs.
Blavat participated in the recording of the cover of The Dovells’ “You Can Sit Down,” which took place at Elm Street Studios. That is the same studio members of the Philadelphia Eagles recorded their Christmas album last year.
Blavat had another connection to Conshy. According to an article on ConshyStuff.com, Blavat use to DJ sometime between 1973 and 1980 at Downtowne Tavern in Conshohocken (today it’s Flanigan’s Boathouse).
Below is a video from the 2011 recording of In The Pocket’s version of “You Can’t Sit Down” that features Blavat and has comments from the participating musicians on Blavat’s impact.
Photo: R. Alex Lewis.