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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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Saturday, August 27, 2011

CHUM CHARTS 1968 TOP HITS WEEKLY (Part 2: March - April)

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CHART NUMBER 578
Monday, March 04, 1968
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 1 Mauriat, Paul Love Is Blue 6
2 2 Irish Rovers, The Unicorn, The 4
3 5 Fifth Dimension, The Carpet Man 5
4 3 Redding, Otis (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay 6
5 13 Manfred Mann Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) 3
6 9 Jaye, Jerry Brown-Eyed Handsome Man 4
7 15 Chiffons, The Just For Tonight 3
8 7 Four Tops, The Walk Away Renee 5
9 10 Fame, Georgie Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde, The 4
10 4 Rogers, Kenny Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) 6
11 6 Warwick, Dionne Valley Of The Dolls 4
12 17 Sam & Dave I Thank You 4
13 8 Classics IV, The Spooky 7
14 29 Clark, Petula Kiss Me Goobye 2
15 24 Revere, Paul & The Raiders Too Much Talk 3
16 20 Bell, Madeline I'm Gonna Make You Love Me 4
17 12 Association, The Everything That Touches You 5
18 23 Wilson, Al Do Whhat You Gotta Do 3
19 11 Temptations, The I Wish It Would Rain 8
20 14 James, Tommy & The Shondells Get Out Now 5

CHART NUMBER 579
Monday, March 11, 1968
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 1 Mauriat, Paul Love Is Blue 7
2 5 Manfred Mann Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) 4
3 2 Irish Rovers, The Unicorn, The 5
4 14 Clark, Petula Kiss Me Goobye 3
5 0 Monkees, The Tapioca Tundra 0
5 35 Monkees, The Valleri 1
6 4 Redding, Otis (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay 7
7 3 Fifth Dimension, The Carpet Man 6
8 32 Mirettes, The In The Midnight Hour 2
9 6 Jaye, Jerry Brown-Eyed Handsome Man 5
10 7 Chiffons, The Just For Tonight 4
11 25 Smith, O.C. Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp, The 2
12 36 Delfonics, The La-La Means I Love You 2
13 11 Warwick, Dionne Valley Of The Dolls 5
14 8 Four Tops, The Walk Away Renee 6
15 24 Balloon Farm, The A Question Of Temperature 3
16 21 Gene & Debbe Playboy 3
17 41 Mills Brothers, The Cab Driver 2
18 10 Rogers, Kenny Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) 7
19 30 Vera, Billy Country Girl-City Man 3
20 9 Fame, Georgie Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde, The 5

CHART NUMBER 580
Monday, March 18, 1968
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 2 Manfred Mann Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) 5
2 4 Clark, Petula Kiss Me Goobye 4
3 5 Monkees, The Valleri 2
3 5 Monkees, The Tapioca Tundra 1
4 1 Mauriat, Paul Love Is Blue 8
5 11 Smith, O.C. Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp, The 3
6 8 Mirettes, The In The Midnight Hour 3
7 3 Irish Rovers, The Unicorn, The 6
8 12 Delfonics, The La-La Means I Love You 3
9 6 Redding, Otis (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay 8
10 16 Gene & Debbe Playboy 4
11 17 Mills Brothers, The Cab Driver 3
12 22 Puckett, Gary & The Union Gap Young Girl 2
13 7 Fifth Dimension, The Carpet Man 7
14 26 Tremeloes, The Suddenly You Love Me 3
15 25 Dee, Dave; Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Legend Of Xanadu, The 2
16 38 Beatles, The Lady Madonna 1
17 24 Box Tops, The Cry Like A Baby 2
18 15 Balloon Farm, The A Question Of Temperature 4
19 31 Troggs, The Love Is All Around 2
20 9 Jaye, Jerry Brown-Eyed Handsome Man 6

CHART NUMBER 581
Monday, March 25, 1968
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 3 Monkees, The Valleri 3
2 2 Clark, Petula Kiss Me Goobye 5
3 12 Puckett, Gary & The Union Gap Young Girl 3
4 1 Manfred Mann Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) 6
5 4 Mauriat, Paul Love Is Blue 9
6 10 Gene & Debbe Playboy 5
7 5 Smith, O.C. Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp, The 4
8 7 Irish Rovers, The Unicorn, The 7
9 16 Beatles, The Lady Madonna 2
10 11 Mills Brothers, The Cab Driver 4
11 14 Tremeloes, The Suddenly You Love Me 4
12 15 Dee, Dave; Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Legend Of Xanadu, The 3
13 19 Troggs, The Love Is All Around 3
14 17 Box Tops, The Cry Like A Baby 3
15 30 Jones, Tom Delilah 2
16 8 Delfonics, The La-La Means I Love You 4
17 6 Mirettes, The In The Midnight Hour 4
18 32 Donovan Jennifer Juniper 2
19 9 Redding, Otis (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay 9
20 25 Sly & The Family Stone Dance To The Music 4

CHART NUMBER 582
Monday, April 01, 1968
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 3 Puckett, Gary & The Union Gap Young Girl 4
2 9 Beatles, The Lady Madonna 3
3 2 Clark, Petula Kiss Me Goobye 6
4 1 Monkees, The Valleri 4
5 7 Smith, O.C. Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp, The 5
6 13 Troggs, The Love Is All Around 4
7 12 Dee, Dave; Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Legend Of Xanadu, The 4
8 4 Manfred Mann Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) 7
9 11 Tremeloes, The Suddenly You Love Me 5
10 10 Mills Brothers, The Cab Driver 5
11 15 Jones, Tom Delilah 3
12 6 Gene & Debbe Playboy 6
13 18 Donovan Jennifer Juniper 3
14 14 Box Tops, The Cry Like A Baby 4
15 5 Mauriat, Paul Love Is Blue 10
16 30 Who, The Call Me Lightning 2
17 8 Irish Rovers, The Unicorn, The 8
18 23 Blue Cheer Summertime Blues 3
19 21 Franklin, Aretha (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone 3
20 41 Goldsboro, Bobby Honey 1

CHART NUMBER 583
Monday, April 08, 1968
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 2 Beatles, The Lady Madonna 4
2 20 Goldsboro, Bobby Honey 2
3 6 Troggs, The Love Is All Around 5
4 1 Puckett, Gary & The Union Gap Young Girl 5
5 11 Jones, Tom Delilah 4
6 4 Monkees, The Valleri 5
7 9 Tremeloes, The Suddenly You Love Me 6
8 23 Diamond, Neil Red Red Wine 3
9 13 Donovan Jennifer Juniper 4
10 7 Dee, Dave; Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Legend Of Xanadu, The 5
11 16 Who, The Call Me Lightning 3
12 24 Sledge, Percy Take Time To Know Here 2
13 18 Blue Cheer Summertime Blues 4
14 12 Gene & Debbe Playboy 7
15 8 Manfred Mann Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) 8
16 14 Box Tops, The Cry Like A Baby 5
17 3 Clark, Petula Kiss Me Goobye 7
18 27 Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration 2
19 22 LeFevre, Raymond Soul Coaxing (Ame Caline) 2
20 5 Smith, O.C. Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp, The 6

CHART NUMBER 584
Monday, April 15, 1968
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 2 Goldsboro, Bobby Honey 3
2 1 Beatles, The Lady Madonna 5
3 5 Jones, Tom Delilah 5
4 3 Troggs, The Love Is All Around 6
5 4 Puckett, Gary & The Union Gap Young Girl 6
6 8 Diamond, Neil Red Red Wine 4
7 13 Blue Cheer Summertime Blues 5
8 11 Who, The Call Me Lightning 4
9 12 Sledge, Percy Take Time To Know Here 3
10 23 Warwick, Dionne Do You Know The Way To San Jose 2
11 18 Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration 3
12 9 Donovan Jennifer Juniper 5
13 6 Monkees, The Valleri 6
14 7 Tremeloes, The Suddenly You Love Me 7
15 14 Gene & Debbe Playboy 8
16 10 Dee, Dave; Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Legend Of Xanadu, The 6
17 27 Mitchell, Willie Soul Serenade 2
18 16 Box Tops, The Cry Like A Baby 6
19 43 Young Rascals, The A Beautiful Morning 1
20 15 Manfred Mann Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) 9

CHART NUMBER 585
Monday, April 22, 1968
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 1 Goldsboro, Bobby Honey 4
2 3 Jones, Tom Delilah 6
3 2 Beatles, The Lady Madonna 6
4 9 Sledge, Percy Take Time To Know Here 4
5 10 Warwick, Dionne Do You Know The Way To San Jose 3
6 4 Troggs, The Love Is All Around 7
7 5 Puckett, Gary & The Union Gap Young Girl 7
8 23 Lettermen, The Sherry Don't Go 4
9 7 Blue Cheer Summertime Blues 6
10 19 Young Rascals, The A Beautiful Morning 2
11 11 Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration 4
12 6 Diamond, Neil Red Red Wine 5
13 28 Campbell, Glen I Wanna Live 2
14 26 Fireballs, The Goin' Away 3
15 8 Who, The Call Me Lightning 5
16 27 Vinton, Bobby Take Good Care Of My Baby 3
17 32 Four Jacks And A Jill Master Jack 2
18 13 Monkees, The Valleri 7
19 17 Mitchell, Willie Soul Serenade 3
20 24 Lightfoot, Gordon Black Day In July 5

CHART NUMBER 586
Monday, April 29, 1968
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 1 Goldsboro, Bobby Honey 5
2 5 Warwick, Dionne Do You Know The Way To San Jose 4
3 10 Young Rascals, The A Beautiful Morning 3
4 17 Four Jacks And A Jill Master Jack 3
5 3 Beatles, The Lady Madonna 7
6 2 Jones, Tom Delilah 7
7 13 Campbell, Glen I Wanna Live 3
8 6 Troggs, The Love Is All Around 8
9 4 Sledge, Percy Take Time To Know Here 5
10 7 Puckett, Gary & The Union Gap Young Girl 8
11 14 Fireballs, The Goin' Away 4
12 22 Doors, The Unknown Soldier 2
13 8 Lettermen, The Sherry Don't Go 5
14 9 Blue Cheer Summertime Blues 7
15 11 Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration 5
16 21 Bell, Archie & The Drells Tighten Up 4
17 12 Diamond, Neil Red Red Wine 6
18 20 Lightfoot, Gordon Black Day In July 6
19 27 Pickett, Wilson She's Looking Good 3
20 32 Contrasts, The What A Day 2

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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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