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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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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CHUM Charts #1 hits 1966 - 1969 (weekly)

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1966-01-03 The Beatles / Day Tripper
1966-01-03 The Beatles / Work It Out
1966-01-10 The Beatles / Day Tripper
1966-01-10 The Beatles / Work It Out
1966-02-07 Petula Clark / My Love
1966-02-21 Petula Clark / My Love
1966-02-28 The Secrets / Here Comes Shack
1966-03-07 The Secrets / Here Comes Shack
1966-03-21 Nancy Sinatra / These Boots
1966-03-28 The Beatles / Nowhere Man
1966-04-04 The Beatles / Nowhere Man
1966-04-18 B.J. Thomas / I'm So Lonesome
1966-04-25 Righteous Bros. / Soul & Inspiration
1966-05-02 Johnny Rivers / Secret Agent Man
1966-05-09 Mamas & Papas / Monday, Monday
1966-05-16 Percy Sledge / When A Man Loves A Woman
1966-05-23 Percy Sledge / When A Man Loves A Woman
1966-05-30 Rolling Stones / Paint It Black
1966-06-06 James Brown / It's A Man's Man's World
1966-06-20 Beatles / Paperback Writer
1966-06-20 Beatles / Rain
1966-06-27 The Cyrkle / Red Rubber Ball
1966-07-04 Crispian St. Peters / The Pied Piper
1966-07-11 Crispian St. Peters / The Pied Piper
1966-07-25 The Troggs / Wild Thing
1966-08-01 The Troggs / Wild Thing
1966-08-08 Lovin' Spoonful / Summer In The City
1966-08-15 Lovin' Spoonful / Summer In The City
1966-10-10 The Monkees / Last Train To Clarksville
1966-10-17 The Monkees / Last Train To Clarksville
1966-10-24 Herman's Hermits / Dandy
1966-10-31 Count Five / Psychotic Reaction
1966-11-14 Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels / Devil With A Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly
1966-11-21 New Vaudeville Band / Winchester Cathedral
1966-12-12 Donovan / Mellow Yellow
1966-12-19 Monkees / I'm A Believer
1966-12-19 Monkees / (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
1966-12-26 The Monkees / I'm A Believer
1966-12-26 The Monkees / (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
1967-01-16 MONKEES / I'm A Believer
1967-01-16 MONKEES / Stepping Stone
1967-01-23 Four Seasons / Tell It To The Rain
1967-02-27 The Beatles / Strawberry Fields Forever
1967-02-27 The Beatles / Penny Lane
1967-04-17 Nancy & Frank Sinatra / Somethin' Stupid
1967-05-15 Englebert Humperdinck / Release Me
1967-05-22 Paul Revere & Raiders / Him Or Me
1967-06-19 Scott McKenzie / San Francisco
1967-06-26 Scott McKenzie / San Francisco
1967-07-03 Procol Harum / Whiter Shade Of Pale
1967-07-24 The Monkees / Pleasant Valley Sunday
1967-07-24 The Monkees / Words
1967-07-31 The Monkees / Pleasant Valley Sunday
1967-07-31 The Monkees / Words
1967-08-14 Young Rascals / A Girl Like You
1967-09-25 Rolling Stones / Dandelion
1967-10-23 Strawberry Alarm Clock / Incense And Peppermints
1967-11-13 Cowsills / The Rain, The Park & Other Things
1967-12-11 Beatles / Hello Goodbye
1967-12-25 Union Gap / Woman Woman
1968-01-08 Rolling Stones / She's A Rainbow
1968-01-15 Lemon Pipers / Green Tambourine
1968-03-18 Manfred Mann / Mighty Quinn
1968-03-25 Monkees / Valleri
1968-05-27 Englebert Humperdinck / A Man Without Love
1968-06-10 Herb Alpert / This Guy's In Love With You
1968-07-01 Union Gap / Lady Willpower
1968-07-08 Donovan / Hurdy Gurdy Man
1968-07-15 Donovan / Hurdy Gurdy Man
1968-07-22 Steppenwolf / Born To Be Wild
1968-07-29 Cream / Sunshine Of Your Love
1968-08-05 Cream / Sunshine Of Your Love
1968-09-07 Jeannie C. Riley / Harper Valley P.T.A.
1968-10-19 Mary Hopkin / Those Were The Days
1968-10-19 Beatles / Hey Jude
1968-10-19 Beatles / Revolution
1968-10-26 Mary Hopkin / Those Were The Days
1968-10-26 Beatles / Hey Jude
1968-10-26 Beatles / Revolution
1968-11-02 Supremes / Love Child
1968-11-30 Leapy Lee / Little Arrows
1968-12-14 Derek / Cinnamon
1969-01-04 Marvin Gaye / I Heard It Through The Grapevine
1969-01-25 Tommy James / Crimson & Clover
1969-02-01 Tommy James / Crimson & Clover
1969-04-19 Fifth Dimension / Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In
1969-05-10 Ray Stevens / Gitarzan
1969-05-17 Beatles / Get Back
1969-05-17 Beatles / Don't Let Me Down
1969-05-24 Beatles / Get Back
1969-05-24 Beatles / Don't Let Me Down
1969-05-31 Beatles / Get Back
1969-05-31 Beatles / Don't Let Me Down
1969-07-26 Zager & Evans / In The Year 2525
1969-08-02 Zager & Evans / In The Year 2525
1969-08-09 Zager & Evans / In The Year 2525
1969-08-30 Archies / Sugar Sugar
1969-09-27 Bobby Sherman / Little Woman
1969-10-18 Elvis Presley / Suspicious Minds
1969-10-25 Elvis Presley / Suspicious Minds
1969-12-06 Billy Joe Royal / Cherry Hill Park
1969-12-13 Peter Paul & Mary / Leavin' On A Jet Plane


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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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