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).




Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Tokens topped the CHUM Charts in December 1961 with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'


"The Lion Sleeps Tonight", also known as "Wimoweh" and originally as "Mbube", is a song recorded by Solomon Linda and his group The Evening Birds for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. It was covered internationally by many 1950s pop and folk revival artists, including The Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba, and The Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the U.S. as adapted by the doo-wop group The Tokens. It went on to earn at least 15 million US dollars in royalties from covers and film licensing. Then, in the mid-nineties, it became a pop "supernova" (in the words of South African writer Rian Malan) when licensed to Walt Disney for use in the film The Lion King, its spin-off TV series and live musical, prompting a lawsuit on behalf of the impoverished descendants of Solomon Linda. - Wikipedia


Monday, December 25, 1961

This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks

1 1 Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, The 4
2 2 Checker, Chubby Twist, The 5
3 10 Helms, Bobby Jingle Bell Rock 1
3 10 Rydell, Bobby Jingle Bell Rock 2
4 8 Checker, Chubby Let's Twist Again 2
5 4 Presley, Elvis Can't Help Falling In Love 4
5 4 Presley, Elvis Rock-A-Hula Baby 4
6 3 Dee, Joey & The Starliters Peppermint Twist, The (Part 1) 3
7 9 Sedaka, Neil Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen 4
8 6 Vee, Bobby Run To Him 4
10 7 Highwaymen, The Cotton Fields 6
10 7 Highwaymen, The Gypsy Rover 6
11 11 Shannon, Del Hey! Little Girl 3
12 12 Francis, Connie When The Boy In Your Arms (Is The Boy In Your Heart) 3 12 12 Francis, Connie Baby's First Christmas 2
13 14 Ives, Burl A Little Bitty Tear 3
14 5 Darren, James Goodbye Cruel World 9
15 16 Dion Majestic, The 3
16 17 Tillotson, Johnny Dreamy Eyes 3
17 15 Loudermilk, John D. Language Of Love 5
18 20 George, Barbara I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) 2
19 24 Showmen, The It Will Stand 2
20 26 Mitchell, Guy Soft Rain 3
21 49 Campbell, Glen Turn Around, Look At Me 1
22 22 Nelson, Sandy Let There Be Drums 5
23 18 Van Dyke, Leroy Walk On By 7
24 19 Zentner, Si Up A Lazy River 4
25 23 Scott, Linda I Don't Know Why 5
26 45 Anka, Paul Bells At My Wedding, The 1
27 21 Curtola, Bobby Hitchhiker 8
28 41 Black's Combo, Bill Twist-Her 1
29 27 Burke, Solomon Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) 6
30 43 Domino, Fats Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 1
31 0 Dean, Jimmy Dear Ivan 0
32 30 Boone, Pat Johnny Will 4
33 25 Newley, Anthony Pop Goes The Weasel 3
34 29 King, Claude Comancheros, The 7
35 38 Sands, Tommy Jimmy's Song 2
36 47 Dana, Vic Little Altar Boy 1
37 32 Draper, Rusty Signed, Sealed And Delivered 8
38 28 Dion Runaround Sue 12
39 50 Williams, Roger Maria 1
40 0 Thompson, Sue Norman 0
40 43 Domino, Fats I Hear You Knocking 1
41 31 Duals, The Stick Shift 10
42 35 Williams, Andy Danny Boy 8
42 35 Williams, Andy Fly At Night 7
43 33 Dean, Jimmy Big Bad John 14
43 33 Dean, Jimmy I Won't Go Huntin' With You Jake 5
44 0 Darin, Bobby Multiplication 0
44 0 Darin, Bobby Irresistible You 0
45 34 Washington, Dinah September In The Rain 6
46 0 Page, Patti Go On Home 0
47 39 Nelson, Ricky Everlovin' 11
47 39 Nelson, Ricky A Wonder Like You 11
48 36 Edwards, Bobby You're The Reason 14
49 0 Fisher, Eddie Milk And Honey 0

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"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