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).




Sunday, September 26, 2010

In April and May of 2007 1050 CHUM played a countdown of the 694 songs that reached number one.


1050 CHUM FOREVER - The Number 1 songs


A guide and chart facts of the 694 #1 songs from the CHUM chart.
Updated April 7th 2007
In April and May of 2007 1050 CHUM will play a countdown of the 694 songs that reached number one.
Listen in over the next few Saturdays from Noon to 6 PM to see where your fave #1 places. on the CHUM chart.
Ron Hall's CHUM chart book which was updated and released in 2007 lists 694 #1's Ron counts 1 record twice as it was # 1 in two distinct chart runs. There were 39 double sided # 1's
Ron mentions that the chart numbers were 5 out from the 1512 that were published. By my count in all there were 1517 charts including the last one that was prepared but not published.
So here's some #1 facts based on the 655 records (including the duplicate) that reached the top. Double sided hits are noted in brackets () but count as 1 record in the 655 universe. I use the Gunness British Hit Singles standard (the Gambacci, J.Rice T.Rice and Reid versions) when compiling these lists.
Most Number 1 records. There were 426 artists that reached #1.
22 (15) -- Beatles
19 (10)-- Elvis Presley
16 (1) -- Rolling Stones
8 -- Elton John (includes 1 w/ Kiki Dee & 1 with Dionne & Friends)
7 -- Bee Gees
7 -- Rod Stewart
6 (2) -- Monkees
5 -- Four Seasons
5 -- Queen (includes 1 w/ David Bowie)
5 -- Police
5 -- Duran Duran
5 -- Michael Jackson (includes 1w/ Paul McCartney) (+ 2 as a member of the Jackson 5/Jacksons.)
5 -- Paul McCartney (includes 1w/ Michael Jackson & 1/wStevie Wonder)
5 -- Phil Collins (includes 1w/ Philip Bailey & 1/w Marilyn Martin)(+1 as a member of Genesis)
Donny Osmond had 3 solo No 1's and two as apart of the Osmonds
(notes..The Dionne & Friends count as two artists in the overall 426 Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight the other two friends Elton and Stevie had #1's on their own.. One off duets are counted in the 426 if one of the aritst had never reached the top before E.G. Frank Sinatra, Kiki Dee. The three charity records (Band Aid, U.S.A. For Africa and Northern Lights) count as one artist apiece.
Most Weeks at #1 by Artist. There were 1517 charts issued
74 -- Beatles (including 2 weeks tied)
45 -- Elvis Presley
37 -- Rolling Stones
27 -- Rod Stewart
24 -- Bee Gees
22 -- Elton John (includes 4 weeks w/ Kiki Dee & 2 weeks with Dionne & Friends)
17 -- Supertramp
16 -- Monkees
16 -- Michael Jackson (includes 2 weeks w/ Paul McCartney) (+ 3 as a member of the Jackson 5/Jacksons)
12 -- Donny Osmond (+6 as a member of the Osmonds)
14 -- Queen (includes 1 week w/ David Bowie)
15 -- Police
Most Weeks at #1 by Record.
8 -- Tonight's The Night - Rod Stewart
7 -- (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
7 -- The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
7 -- Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert
7 -- Hey Jude/Revolution - Beatles (includes 2 weeks tied at # 1)
7 -- Da Ya Think Im Sexy - Rod Stewart
7 -- The Logical Song - Supertramp
6 -- He'll Have To Go -Jim Reeves
6 -- The Twist - Chubby Checker
6 -- Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer
6 -- I Want To Hold Your Hand/ I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
6 -- Day Tripper/ We Can Work It Out - Beatles
6 -- My Sweet Lord/Isn't It A Pity - George Harrison
6 -- Twelfth Of Never - Donny Osmond
6 -- You Light Up My Life - Debbie Boone
6 -- Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
6 -- Emotional Rescue - Rolling Stones
6 -- I Love Rock And Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
6 -- Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett (2 weeks in 1962, 4 weeks in 1973)
Most consecutive #1's
There were 4 artists that replaced themselves at the top they are...
The Beatles had 3 #1's in a row "She Loves You" "I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There" & "All My Lovin'"/"This Boy" covering 14 weeks
The following had 2 in a row
Andy Stewart -- "A Scottish Solider" & "Donald Where's Your Troosers" covering 4 weeks
Herman Hermits -- "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" & "Silhouettes" covering 4 weeks
Bee Gees -- "Staying Alive" & "Night Fever" covering 10 weeks
Note .. You could make a case for John Lennon/Beatles as "Let It Be" replaced John's "Instant Karma"
Most Years having a #1 song
11 -- Rolling Stones (4 Consecutive)
9 -- Elvis Presley (7 Consecutive)
7 -- Beatles (7 Consecutive)
6 -- Rod Stewart (4 consecutive)
5 -- Bee Gees
Biggest Gaps between #1's (years only)
17 years -- Paul Anka 1957-1974 (from "Diana" to "You're Having My Baby")
15 years -- Marvin Gaye 1968-1983 (from "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" to "Sexual Healing")
14 years -- Chuck Berry 1958-1972 (from "Sweet Little Sixteen" to "My Ding A Ling")
13 years -- Who 1968-1981 (from "Magic Bus" to "You Better You Bet")
11 years -- Bobby "Boris" Pickett 1962-1973 (the two times that "Monster Mash" was #1)
11 years -- George Harrison 1970-1981 (from "My Sweet Lord/Isn't A Pity" to "All Those Years Ago")
11 years -- Michael Jackson 1972-1983 (from "Ben" To "Billie Jean")
10 years -- John Lennon 1970-1980 (from "Instant Karma" to "(Just Like) Starting Over")
9 years -- Everly Brothers 1958-1967 (from "Bird Dog"/Devoted To You" to "Bowling Green")
9 years -- Bobby Vinton 1963-1972 (from "Blue Velvet" to "Sealed With A Kiss")
9 years -- Manfred Mann/Manfred Mann's Earth Band 1968-1977 (from "The Mighty Quinn" to "Blinded By The Light ")
There was 14 years between Steve Winwood's first #1 in 1967 as member of the Spencer Davis Group (Gimmie Some Lovin') and his solo #1 in 1981 (While You See A Chance)
There was 11 years between Frankie Valli last #1 as a member of the Four Seasons (Tell It To The Rain ) to his solo #1 (Grease)
Biggest climb to #1
All Shook Up By Elvis Presley (in the first chart) and Thriller by Michael Jackson were the only records to enter at #1 in any era
The Top 30 chart era August 1968 - June 1986
28 places -- My Ding A Ling - Chuck Berry (29-1)
27 places -- Let It Be - Beatles (28-1)
26 places -- Take Off - Bob & Doug Mckenzie (27-1)
21 places -- My Sweet Lord/Isn't It A Pity - Geroge Harrison (22-1)
16 places -- Touch Me - The Doors (17-1)
14 places -- Amazing Grace - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (15-1)
12 places -- Heart Of Gold - Neil Young (13-1)
12 places -- Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett (13 -1)
10 places -- Little Woman - Bobby Sherman (11-1)
The Top 50 chart era May 1957 - July 1968
48 places -- The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks with David Saville (49-1)
32 places -- The Three Bells - The Browns (33-1)
27 places -- Running Bear - Johnny Preston (28-1)
21 places -- El Paso - Marty Robbins (22-1)
16 places -- He'll Have To Go - Jim Reeves (17-1)
17 places -- The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton (18-1)
14 places -- Who Put the Bomp - Barry Mann (15-1)
13 places -- Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum (14-1)
13 places -- Gimmie Some Lovin - Spencer Davis Group (14-1)
13 places -- Pied Piper - Crispian St. Peter (14-1)
Biggest fall from #1
The Top 30 chart era August 1968 - June 1986
13 places Brand New key -- Melanie (1-14)
12 places White Room -- Cream (1-13)
9 places Something -- Beatles (1-10)
9 places Pass The Duchie -- Musical Youth (1-10)
The Top 50 chart era May 1957 - July 1968
9 places Who's Sorry Now - Connie Francis (1-10)
7 places All Shook Up - Elvis Presley (1-8)
Twice at #1 The Monster Mash is the only song that was #1 twice by the same artist. It was first issued in 1962 and reached #1. The record was reissued in 1973 and once again reached #1. The Twist almost was the first to do this but on it's first release the record stalled at #2.
There was 5 other songs that got to #1 by 2 different artists
Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips & The Honeydrippers
The Locomotion - Little Eva & Grand Funk
Its All In The Game - Tommy Edwards & Cliff Richard
Sealed With A Kiss - Brian Hyland & Bobby Vinton
You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes & Phil Collins
A tie at the top For two weeks, Oct 19th & Oct 26th 1968 The Beatles "Hey Jude" and Mary Hopkins "Those Were The Days" were tied at #1 the only time that would occur at the top.
LP Tracks at #1
There were 3 Album tracks that went all the way to the top
Pinball Wizard - Elton John
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
Take Off - Bob & Doug Mckenzie


"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


Monday, May 27, 1957

Chart Number: 1
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

John Gilbert "No Charge"

Mike Cooper's April Fools Joke

80's PROMO

Bob Sam Robbie - 1050 CHUM Morning Show - 1992

Tom Rivers 1982

John Majhor CHUM 1050 Morning show 1986

1050 CHUM Card 1983