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EULOGY

Born: October 28, 1945, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

After a few reincarnations 1050 CHUM quietly passed away on March 26, 2009

1050 CHUM was a legendary Top 40 powerhouse from the late 1950s through to the early 1980s.

The station had a formula no other station has been able to duplicate.

Through the formative ‘50s, the unforgettable ‘60s and the interesting ‘70s, 1050 CHUM played a major role in shaping the radio landscape in Toronto. Recording acts from Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Guess Who, Elton John, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers and Bob Seger not only graced the airwaves but walked the halls of 1050 CHUM.

The radio station was famous for the CHUM Chart. From 1957 to 1986, 1,512 consecutive weekly charts were published, making it the longest-running chart of its kind in the world.

Also, 1050 CHUM was noteworthy for hosting many famous rock concerts including, among others, visits to Maple Leaf Gardens by Elvis Presley (1957) and The Beatles (1964, '65, and '66).

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

CHUM Charts #1 hits 1960 - 1965 (weekly)

1960-01-04 Johnny Preston / Running Bear
1960-01-18 Johnny Preston / RUNNING BEAR
1960-01-25 Jimmy Clanton / GO JIMMY GO
1960-02-01 Mark Dinning / Teen Angel
1960-02-08 Jim Reeves / HE'LL HAVE TO GO
1960-02-15 Jim Reeves / He'll Have To Go
1960-03-14 Jim Reeves / He'll Have To Go
1960-05-23 Anita Bryant / Paper Roses
1960-06-06 Lonnie Donegan / MY OLD MAN'S A DUSTMAN (Ballad Of A Refuse Disposal Officer)
1960-06-13 Lonnie Donegan / My Old Man's A Dustman
1960-06-20 Connie Francis / EVERYBODY'S SOMEBODY'S FOOL
1960-06-20 Connie Francis / JEALOUS OF YOU
1960-06-27 Connie Francis / Everybody's Somebody's Fool
1960-06-27 Connie Francis / Jealous Of You
1960-07-04 Hank Locklin / PLEASE HELP ME I'M FALLING
1960-07-11 Hank Locklin / Please Help Me, I'm Falling
1960-09-19 Jimmie Rodgers / The Wreck Of The John B
1960-10-24 The Drifters / Save The Last Dance For Me
1960-10-31 Lolita / Sailor
1960-11-07 Lolita / Sailor
1960-11-14 Johnny Horton / North To Alaska
1960-11-21 Johnny Horton / North To Alaska
1960-11-28 Elvis Presley / Are You Lonesome Tonight?
1960-11-28 Elvis Presley / I Gotta Know
1960-12-05 Bert Kaempfert / Wonderland By Night
1960-12-12 Bert Kaempfert / Wonderland By Night
1960-12-19 Bert Kaempfert / Wonderland By Night
1960-12-26 Bert Kaempfert / Wonderland By Night
1961-01-02 Bert Kaempfert / Wonderland By Night
1961-01-09 Bert Kaempfert / Wonderland By Night
1961-01-16 Bert Kaempfert / Wonderland By Night
1961-01-23 Neil Sedaka / Calendar Girl
1961-01-30 Neil Sedaka / Calendar Girl
1961-02-06 Neil Sedaka / Calendar Girl
1961-02-13 Andy Stewart / A Scottish Soldier
1961-02-20 Andy Stewart / A Scottish Soldier
1961-02-27 Andy Stewart / A Scottish Soldier
1961-03-06 Andy Stewart / Donald Where's Your Troosers
1961-03-13 Jorgen Ingmann / Apache
1961-03-20 Jorgen Ingmann / Apache
1961-03-27 Elvis Presley / Surrender
1961-03-27 Elvis Presley / Lonely Man
1961-04-03 The Marcels / Blue Moon
1961-04-10 The Marcels / Blue Moon
1961-04-17 Del Shannon / Runaway
1961-04-24 Del Shannon / Runaway
1961-05-01 Del Shannon / Runaway
1961-05-08 Del Shannon / Runaway
1961-05-15 Ricky Nelson / Hello Mary Lou
1961-05-15 Ricky Nelson / Travelin' Man
1961-05-22 Ricky Nelson / Hello Mary Lou
1961-05-22 Ricky Nelson / Travelin' Man
1961-05-29 Roy Orbison / Running Scared
1961-06-05 Ricky Nelson / Hello Mary Lou
1961-06-05 Ricky Nelson / Travelin' Man
1961-06-12 Ricky Nelson / Hello Mary Lou
1961-06-12 Ricky Nelson / Travelin' Man
1961-06-19 Pat Boone / Moody River
1961-06-26 Pat Boone / Moody River
1961-07-03 U.S. Bonds / Quarter To Three
1961-07-10 Del Shannon / Hats Off To Larry
1961-07-17 Del Shannon / Hats Off To Larry
1961-07-24 Eddie Hodges / I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door
1961-07-31 Eddie Hodges / I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door
1961-08-07 Eddie Hodges / I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door
1961-08-14 Barry Mann / Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp Bomp Bomp)
1961-08-21 Barry Mann / Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
1961-08-28 Barry Mann / Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
1961-09-04 Fred Darian / Johnny Willow
1961-09-11 Elvis Presley / (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
1961-09-11 Elvis Presley / Little Sister
1961-09-18 Bobby Vee / Take Good Care Of My Baby
1961-09-25 Bobby Vee / Take Good Care Of My Baby
1961-10-02 Bobby Vee / Take Good Care Of My Baby
1961-10-09 Jimmy Dean / Big Bad John
1961-10-16 Bobby Edwards / You're The Reason
1961-10-23 Bobby Edwards / You're The Reason
1961-10-30 Dion / Runaround Sue
1961-11-06 Dion / Runaround Sue
1961-11-13 Dion / Runaround Sue
1961-11-20 Leroy Van Dyke / Walk On By
1961-11-27 Leroy Van Dyke / Walk On By
1961-12-04 James Darren / Goodbye Cruel World
1961-12-11 The Tokens / The Lion Sleeps Tonight
1961-12-18 The Tokens / The Lion Sleeps Tonight
1961-12-25 The Tokens / The Lion Sleeps Tonight
1962-01-01 Chubby Checker / The Twist
1962-01-08 Chubby Checker / The Twist
1962-01-15 Chubby Checker / The Twist
1962-01-22 Chubby Checker / The Twist
1962-01-29 Chubby Checker / The Twist
1962-02-05 Chubby Checker / The Twist
1962-02-12 Charlie Drake / My Boomerang Won't Come Back
1962-02-19 Gene Chandler / Duke Of Earl
1962-02-26 Gene Chandler / Duke Of Earl
1962-03-05 Gene Chandler / Duke Of Earl
1962-03-12 Shelley Fabares / Johnny Angel
1962-03-19 Shelley Fabares / Johnny Angel
1962-04-09 Ernie Maresca / Shout Shout
1962-04-30 The Shirelles / Soldier Boy
1962-05-07 The Shirelles / Soldier Boy
1962-05-14 The Shirelles / Soldier Boy
1962-05-21 Claude King / Wolverton Mountain
1962-05-28 Claude King / Wolverton Mountain
1962-06-04 Claude King / Wolverton Mountain
1962-06-11 Ray Charles / I Can't Stop Loving You
1962-06-11 Ray Charles / Born To Lose
1962-06-18 Ray Charles / I Can't Stop Loving You
1962-06-18 Ray Charles / Born To Lose
1962-06-25 Bobby Vinton / Roses Are Red
1962-07-02 Bobby Vinton / Roses Are Red
1962-07-09 Bobby Vinton / Roses Are Red
1962-07-16 Brian Hyland / Sealed With A Kiss
1962-07-23 Eddie Hodges / (Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love
1962-07-30 Neil Sedaka / Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
1962-08-06 Neil Sedaka / Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
1962-08-13 Little Eva / The Loco-Motion
1962-08-20 Little Eva / The Loco-Motion
1962-08-27 Tommy Roe / Sheila
1962-09-03 The Four Seasons / Sherry
1962-09-10 The Four Seasons / Sherry
1962-09-17 The Four Seasons / Sherry
1962-09-24 The Four Seasons / Sherry
1962-10-01 The Four Seasons / Sherry
1962-10-08 Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers / Monster Mash
1962-10-15 Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers / Monster Mash
1962-10-22 The Crystals / He's A Rebel
1962-10-29 The Crystals / He's A Rebel
1962-11-05 Elvis Presley / Return To Sender
1962-11-12 Elvis Presley / Return To Sender
1962-11-19 The Four Seasons / Big Girls Don't Cry
1962-11-26 The Four Seasons / Big Girls Don't Cry
1962-12-03 The Tornadoes / Telstar
1962-12-10 The Tornadoes / Telstar
1962-12-17 Ned Miller / From A Jack To A King
1962-12-24 Ned Miller / From A Jack To A King
1962-12-31 Ned Miller / From A Jack To A King
1963-01-07 Ned Miller / From A Jack To A King
1963-01-14 Ned Miller / From A Jack To A King
1963-01-21 The Rooftop Singers / Walk Right In
1963-01-28 The Rooftop Singers / Walk Right In
1963-02-04 Paul & Paula / Hey Paula
1963-02-11 Paul & Paula / Hey Paula
1963-02-18 Paul & Paula / Hey Paula
1963-02-25 The Cascades / Rhythm Of The Rain
1963-03-04 The Cascades / Rhythm Of The Rain
1963-03-11 The Four Seasons / Walk Like A Man
1963-03-18 Skeeter Davis / The End Of The World
1963-03-25 The Chiffons / He's So Fine
1963-04-01 The Chiffons / He's So Fine
1963-04-08 The Chiffons / He's So Fine
1963-04-15 Little Peggy March / I Will Follow Him
1963-04-22 Little Peggy March / I Will Follow Him
1963-04-29 Little Peggy March / I Will Follow Him
1963-05-06 Little Peggy March / I Will Follow Him
1963-05-13 Cliff Richard / Summer Holiday
1963-05-13 Cliff Richard / Dancing Shoes
1963-05-20 Cliff Richard / Summer Holiday
1963-05-20 Cliff Richard / Dancing Shoes
1963-07-01 Richie Knight & The Mid-Knights / Charlena
1963-07-22 Elvis Presley / Devil In Disguise
1963-08-26 Inez Foxx / Mockingbird
1963-09-16 Bobby Vinton / Blue Velvet
1963-10-14 Jimmy Gilmer / Sugar Shack
1963-11-25 Cliff Richard / It's All In The Game
1963-12-02 The Singing Nun / Dominique
1963-12-09 The Singing Nun / Dominique
1963-12-16 The Singing Nun / Dominique
1963-12-23 The Singing Nun / Dominique
1964-01-06 Kingsmen / Louie Louie
1964-01-20 The Beatles / She Loves You
1964-02-17 The Beatles / I Want To Hold Your Hand
1964-02-17 The Beatles / I Saw Her Standing There
1964-03-02 The Beatles / Hold Your Hand
1964-03-02 The Beatles / Her Standing There
1964-04-27 Dave Clark 5 / Bits And Pieces
1964-05-18 Dave Clark 5 / Bits And Pieces
1964-05-25 Gerry & Pacemakers / I'm The One
1964-06-22 Peter & Gordon / World Without Love
1964-07-20 Johnny Rivers / Memphis
1964-07-27 The 4 Seasons / Rag Doll
1964-08-31 The Animals / House Of The Rising Sun
1964-09-07 The Animals / House Of The Rising Sun
1964-09-14 The Animals / House Of The Rising Sun
1964-09-21 Roy Orbison / Pretty Woman
1964-10-19 Manfred Mann / Do Wah Diddy
1964-10-26 Manfred Mann / Do Wah Diddy
1964-11-02 Manfred Mann / Do Wah Diddy
1964-12-21 The Beatles / I Feel Fine
1964-12-21 The Beatles / She's A Woman
1964-12-28 The Beatles / I Feel Fine
1964-12-28 The Beatles / She's A Woman
1965-01-04 The Beatles / I Feel Fine
1965-01-04 The Beatles / She's A Woman
1965-01-11 The Beatles / I Feel Fine
1965-01-11 The Beatles / She's A Woman
1965-02-01 Petula Clark / Downtown
1965-02-22 Gary Lewis / This Diamond Ring
1965-04-05 The Beatles / Eight Days A Week
1965-04-05 The Beatles / I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
1965-04-12 Herman's Hermits / Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter
1965-04-19 Herman's Hermits / Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter
1965-04-26 Herman's Hermits / Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter
1965-05-03 Herman's Hermits / Silhouettes
1965-05-17 The Beatles / Ticket To Ride
1965-05-17 The Beatles / Yes It Is
1965-05-31 Elvis Presley / Crying In The Chapel
1965-06-07 Elvis Presley / Crying In The Chapel
1965-06-21 Elvis Presley / Crying In The Chapel
1965-06-28 Elvis Presley / Crying In The Chapel
1965-07-19 The Rolling Stones / (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
1965-07-26 The Rolling Stones / (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
1965-08-16 The Beatles / Help!
1965-08-16 The Beatles / I'm Down
1965-08-23 The Beatles / Help!
1965-08-23 The Beatles / I'm Down
1965-08-30 The Beatles / Help
1965-08-30 The Beatles / I'm Down
1965-09-27 Barry McGuire / Eve Of Destruction
1965-11-01 Sonny & Cher / Baby Don't Go
1965-12-06 The Byrds / Turn Turn Turn
1965-12-13 The Byrds / Turn Turn Turn
1965-12-27 The Beatles / Day Tripper
1965-12-27 The Beatles / We Can Work It Out


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CHUM HISTORY

"1050 CHUM" was a legendary Top 40 powerhouse during the late 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

Early history and Top 40 format

CHUM AM was launched as a dawn-to-dusk radio station on October 28, 1945 by Jack Q'Part, an entrepreneur in the business of patent medicines. The station, then operating from studios in the Mutual Street Arena, was taken over in December 1954 by Allan Waters, a salesman from Q'Parts' patent medicine business. Waters' first major move was to secure a license for 24-hour-a-day broadcasting for CHUM, along with a power increase to 5,000 watts. Less than three years after Waters acquired the station, and soon after bringing the new fulltime transmitter online, a major programming change was made. On May 27 1957, Waters switched to a "Top 50" format that had proven itself popular in some U.S. cities; Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" was the first song played. "1050 CHUM" pioneered rock and roll radio in Toronto, and was noteworthy for hosting many noteworthy rock concerts including, among others, visits to Maple Leaf Gardens by Elvis Presley (1957) and The Beatles (1964, '65, and '66). While the station was rising to the top of the popularity ratings in Toronto in the early 1960s, it also built yet another new transmitter in Mississauga, Ontario (a few miles west of the current Toronto city line) along the Lake Ontario shoreline, and raised its power once again to its current 50,000 watts around the clock.

CHUM DJs of the 1960s were zany morning man Al Boliska, who quit in late 1963 to go 'across the street' to CKEY.He was replaced by WKBW, Buffalo radio & TV personality Jay Nelson, popularly known as "Jungle Jay" from his role as host of a children's show on Buffalo's Channel 7 which was also popular among Toronto youngsters. He would be followed by housewives' jock John Spragge; singer/DJ Mike Darow; Pete Nordheimer, replaced in 1961 by witty Bob McAdorey; teen DJ Dave Johnson; and all night maven Bob Laine. Later additions to the CHUM DJ lineup included Duff Roman and Brian Skinner, both of whom came over from CKEY (then owned by Jack Kent Cooke). In the late 1960s, early 1970s, CHUM DJ's included Duke Roberts (also known as Gary Duke for a time), Johnny Mitchell (better known today as Sonny Fox), J. Michael Wilson, Tom Rivers, Scott Carpenter, Jim Van Horne, John Rode, Don Reagan, Terry Steele and Roger Ashby. Among their later mighttime hosts was John D. Roberts, who joined CHUM in 1977 and would eventually become known across North America as White House correspondent for CBS-TV and host of CNN's morning program "American Morning."

CHUM was also well known for its contests, like the 1970s' "I Listen to CHUM" promotion, in which DJs would dial phone numbers at random and award $1,000 to anyone who answered the phone with that phrase.

From gold-based to oldies

By the mid-1980s, CHUM had lost ground in the Toronto ratings to competitor Top 40 station CFTR and FM-based music stations. On June 6, 1986, CHUM dropped its Top 40 format for a heavily gold-based adult contemporary format ("Favourites of Yesterday and Today"). By 1989, CHUM adopted an oldies format, drawing heavily on its previous Top 40 reputation to cater to the fans of that era's music.

Chart #1 - Monday, May 27, 1957 - TOP 50

CHART NUMBER 1

Monday, May 27, 1957

Chart Number: 1
This
Week
Last
Week
ArtistTrackTotal
Weeks
10Presley, ElvisAll Shook Up0
20Boone, PatLove Letters In The Sand0
30Williams, AndyI Like Your Kind Of Love0
40Everly Brothers, TheBye Bye Love0
50Mineo, SalStart Movin' (In My Direction)0
60Storm, GaleDark Moon0
70Robbins, MartyA White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)0
80Gracie, CharlieFabulous0
90Como, PerryGirl With The Golden Braids, The0
100Ray, JohnnieYes Tonight, Josephine0
110Diamonds, TheLittle Darlin'0
120Dell-Vikings, TheCome Go With Me0
130Boone, PatWhy Baby Why0
140Husky, FerlinGone0
150Como, PerryRound And Round0
160Berry, ChuckSchool Day0
170Knox, BuddyParty Doll0
170Lawrence, SteveParty Doll0
180Dorsey Orchestra, JimmySo Rare0
190Domino, FatsI'm Walkin'0
190Nelson, RickyI'm Walkin'0
200Gracie, CharlieButterfly0
200Williams, AndyButterfly0
210Belafonte, HarryMama Look At Bubu0
220Lowe, JimFour Walls0
220Reeves, JimFour Walls0
230Dee, JohnnySittin' In The Balcony0
230Cornell, DonSittin' In The Balcony0
230Cochran, EddieSittin' In The Balcony0
240Mathis, JohnnyWonderful! Wonderful!0
250Mello-Tones, TheRosie Lee0
250Tune Drops, TheRosie Lee0
260Coasters, TheYoung Blood0
270Domino, FatsValley Of Tears0
280Draper, RustyFreight Train0
290Gilkyson, Terry & The Easy RidersMarianne0
290Hilltoppers, TheMarianne0
300Bowen, JimmyI'm Stickin' With You0
310Laine, FrankieLove Is A Golden Ring0
320Platters, TheI'm Sorry0
330Hunter, Ivory JoeEmpty Arms0
330Brewer, TeresaEmpty Arms0
340Sands, TommyTeen-Age Crush0
350Little RichardLucille0
360Sands, TommyMy Love Song0
370Starr, KayJamie Boy0
380Starr, RandyAfter School0
390Johnson, BettyLittle White Lies0
400Bennett, TonyOne For My Baby (And One More For The Road)0
410Knox, BuddyRock Your Little Baby To Sleep0
420Clooney, RosemaryMangos0
430Cornell, DonMama Guitar0
440Belloc, DanFlip Top0
450Baker, LavernJim Dandy Got Married0
460Boone, PatBernardine0
470Copeland, KenPledge Of Love0
470Torok, MitchellPledge Of Love0
480Four Lads, TheI Just Don't Know0
490Armenian Jazz SextetHarem Dance0
500Williams, BillyI'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter0

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