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).
Friday, January 20, 2012
January 19, 1974 CHUM Chart - 'Seasons In The Sun' spent one week at the top of the charts
Terrence Ross "Terry" Jacks (born March 29, 1944, Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and environmentalist.
Following The Chessmen, Susan Pesklevits (Susan Jacks) asked Terry to accompany her on guitar and, after adding Craig McCaw, the The Poppy Family was formed. Craig McCaw later introduced Satwant Singh to the group. Susan and Terry were married in 1967. The Poppy Family had several hits in Canada and internationally, their biggest being "Which Way You Goin' Billy?", which went to #1 in Canada and #2 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. The song was written and produced by Terry Jacks. Jacks earned a Gold Leaf award in 1970 for his production work while with the Poppy Family.
In the early 1970s, Terry and Susan travelled to L.A. where Terry was to work with The Beach Boys to record the song "Seasons in the Sun" but the project was never finished and they returned to Vancouver making the decision to record the single themselves
The couple recorded two more albums before Susan left the marriage in 1973: Susan's solo album I Thought of You Again... and Terry's solo album Seasons In The Sun. The song "Seasons in the Sun", released in late 1973 on his own record label, Goldfish Records, became the largest-selling international single by a Canadian artist at that time and earned Jacks two Juno Awards. It is Rod McKuen's 1965 adaptation of "Le moribond", a 1962 original by Belgian singer Jacques Brel; for his version, Jacks made some modifications to the lyrics. In the United States, in Great Britain and in Germany, in these countries it was released on Bell Records, the song went to #1 on the charts. The B-side of "Seasons In The Sun" was a song about a woman asking her butcher to put in the bone with the rest of her meat order entitled "Put the Bone In". Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Jacks
CHART NUMBER 887
Saturday, January 19, 1974
This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks
1 2 Jacks, Terry Seasons In The Sun 9
2 5 Miller, Steve Joker, The 6
3 1 Rich, Charlie Most Beautiful Girl, The 9
4 6 Reddy, Helen Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) 7
5 9 Brownsville Station Smokin' In The Boys Room 6
6 15 Starr, Ringo You're Sixteen 3
7 4 Carpenters, The Top Of The World 12
8 11 Croce, Jim Time In A Bottle 5
9 3 Croce, Jim I Got A Name 11
10 7 Rundgren, Todd Hello It's Me 9
11 17 Hampshire, Keith Big Time Operator 5
12 10 John, Elton Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 11
13 8 Osmond, Marie Paper Roses 11
14 20 Newton-John, Olivia Let Me Be There 4
15 22 Led Zeppelin D'yer Mak'er 2
16 13 McCartney, Paul Helen Wheels 9
17 12 DeFranco Family, The Heartbeat-It's A Lovebeat 13
18 16 Lennon, John Mind Games 11
19 14 Preston, Billy Space Race 10
20 18 Bachman-Turner Overdrive Blue Collar 8
21 27 Wilson, Al Show And Tell 1
22 30 Knight, Gladys & The Pips I've Got To Use My Imagination 1
23 21 Thomas, Ian Pained Ladies 15
24 26 Crowbar Million Dollar Weekend 2
25 28 Streisand, Barbra Way We Were, The 1
26 29 Wonder, Stevie Living For The City 1
27 0 Love Unlimited Orchestra Love's Theme 0
28 0 Goodwin, Don This Is Your Song 0
29 19 Knight, Gladys & The Pips Midnight Train To Georgia 7
30 24 Three Dog Night Let Me Serenade You 6
"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
1050 CHUM ORIGINAL AUDIO
Mike Cooper's April Fools Joke
Bob Sam Robbie - 1050 CHUM Morning Show - 1992
Tom Rivers 1982