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Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary

6464 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO

OBITUARY

Jules M. Blattner

February 8, 1941June 7, 2019

“I would like to thank everyone for the great ride, the gig is over!”

Blattner, Jules, 78, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019 at Sunrise Senior Living, surrounded by family and friends. Jules was born February 8, 1941 to Frances (Fischang) and Merrill Blattner. Jules has battled ALS for the last three years.

Jules grew up in South County, in 1956 Jules and some friends from high school formed a rock ‘n roll group called Jules Blattner and the Teen Tones. The group was a local hit, playing CYO, high school and community dances in St. Louis. Affton Teen Town was their first gig.

In 1959 the group signed with Bobbin Records, one of many recording companies Jules would work with. They recorded “Rock ‘N Roll Blues” and “Gambling Man.” “Rock ‘N Roll Blues” reached #8 on the charts and #12 on the Rhythm & Blues charts locally. It is now in the Rock A Billy Hall of Fame (National). They played, for many years on top of the Illinois Building, at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. The band appeared quite regularly on the local TV show, St. Louis Hop, and went on to open for big name national artists that came to St. Louis. The band opened for Dodie Stevens, Isley Brothers, Brenda Lee, Ray Peterson and Little Richard. The Teen Tones also recorded with Chuck Berry.

The group began playing at Whiskey A Go Go and The Butterscotch Lounge in Gaslight Square. The group changed their name to the Twist Tones and spent five years playing six nights a week in Gaslight Square. When Gaslight Square ended Jules put a trio together and went off to see the world. They performed from Los Angeles to Hawaii for the next three years. In 1968 the group joined the USO for a tour through Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Singapore and Japan. When the tour ended he hooked up with a Wisconsin band and formed Jules Blattner and the Warren Groovy All Star Band. For the next ten years, they played Florida in the winter, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada in the summer.

In 1984 he returned to St. Louis and took a job as a car salesman but that didn’t work out so in 1985 he started a new band and played locally in Missouri, Illinois and even as far as Wisconsin for 18 years. He was voted “Best Local Rock ‘N Roll Artist by the Riverfront Times in 1992. In 2003 Jules retired to take care of his mother.

Jules has recorded for Bobbin (locally) Norman (locally), Bon Air, Coral, Stash, Metro Media, Chess, MGM, and K-Arc.

In his busy life he did find time to marry and divorce a few times. In June of 2018, he married his best friend of almost 60 years, Georgean Goewert, of Breese, Illinois.

Jules was preceded in death by his parents and both sets of grandparents.

Jules is survived by his wife, Georgean; his son Merrill and wife Kate, of St. Louis; Grandsons Bryan and Josh, of Arizona; step-grandchildren Courtney & Michael, of St. Louis; great-grandchildren Ariana, Carter and Holden, of Arizona; a brother-in-law, Robert Roane, of Breese, Illinois; a nephew John Roane and wife Sharon, of Breese, Illinois; great-nieces Hailey, Ashlyn, of Columbia, Missouri, Hannah and Clayton of Breese, Illinois; and four great great-nieces and nephews and many friends.

SERVICES: As per Jules wishes, he will be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 16th 2019, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Ave.; St. Louis, MO 63118. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to ALS Research and will be received at the Celebration of Life.

Services

  • Celebration of Life - Sunday Sunday, June 16, 2019

Memories

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Warren jones

June 18, 2019

I'm sorry to hear this, we were just talking about Jules and wondering about him. Last time I saw him was at The 24kt. Gold on Kingshighway now Keetons we were talking on his break and he told me he quit smoking and drinking. Then he said i'll take that Scotch now you offered and lit a smoke. He did that to me every time I saw him he would always stop and talk with me on his break. Well that was 30-years ago, and I will miss him, even thu he hated my Kools. One night I trick him and bought him the scotch and a pack of Camels before he could tell me he wasn't drinking or smoking anymore. Thank you for the memories old friend every time you were playing I always met a girl to swing with. You always made me feel special in knowing you. jonesey.

Laura Wohlschlaeger

June 16, 2019

Jules will always be remembered...
I would come to give him his shave and hot towel facial each week.
RIP my Friend!
Laura Wohlschlaeger

Cathi Willette

June 16, 2019

Jules' dynamic personality and talent were definitely unforgettable and are what made him such an interesting and unique individual. His presence in a room or on stage are what made me want to get to know him better when I first met him almost 45 year ago. Over the years we became very close friends and confidants. At some level, we were just "on the same wavelength", as the saying goes. I cherished our friendship and will miss him deeply. Jules - if there is a Rock N Roll Heaven, YOU are DEFINITELY in that "helluva band!! Godspeed my friend!!

John DiMartino

June 15, 2019

Bill Bixler and I were Jules' bass player and drummer for The JBG, trio that toured and played throughout the Midwest & Florida.

I was drumming for Jules in Hawaii. Jules got me interested motorcycles, and he and I took our bikes with us on the road.

I had some great times working with Jules.

Very sad the way his health issues caused his passing too soon and in such an unfortunate condition.

trudy johnson

June 15, 2019

I have won the chance to gain not only a friend but and grandfather figure Papa Jules gave me enjoyment of working with him during his stay at Sunrise Senior Living. We have plenty of memories from when I became sad and crying to helping him get threw the hardest and most difficult time in his life he was always there to make me smile and I was always there for him when he needed me there will always be a special spot in my heart for u PAPA Jules .You got your WINGS now FLY and be free Love you TRUDY

Bryan Blattner

June 13, 2019

Grandpa where do I start I remember all the holidays with you , all the ball games we went to I even believe you helped dad out and gave me a few rides to places as a kid but the thing I remember most of all is watching you play dad took his old Corvette to a car show you played at and I just loved every second great cars and music and it was yours and I still listen to it. I love and miss you so much and wish I could have said good bye one more time but you will live on in my heart and memories

Rhonda Weedman

June 13, 2019

My name is Rhonda Weedman. My significant other, Andy O'Connor was Jules drummer for 10 years during the 90s. I have so many fond memories thanks to Jules. He was an awesome musician and a great entertainer.
Everybody loved to see Jules. He lit up every place when he walked in the room. His laugh was infectious and I will always remember him. Goodnight sweetheart goodnight.

Andy OConnor

June 13, 2019

My name is Andy O'Connor and I was JulesBlattner's drummer for 10 years during the 90s. He was a fabulous entertainer and a master of his craft. Jules was a great friend to me. I will think of him until the gig is over for me.

josh Blattner

June 12, 2019

rest in peace grandpa Jules... you will be missed unconditionally..... st Louis has lost one of it's great musicians but you will never be forgotten... I'm sure you are already rockin out up there spreading your passion for music as you did for so many years down hear..... I love you so much grandpa and miss you already ... I believe i got my love of music from you and my dad and I thank you for that because music can be such a beautiful thing and that is what you made it.... so keep on playing your beautiful music up there grandpa we are all listening...

Karin Impastato

June 11, 2019

Like so many fans, Jules brought joy and fun into our lives!
Thanks for the happy memories!❤️🦋

FROM THE FAMILY