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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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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gerry & The Pacemakers on the 1050 CHUM Chart: Songs, charting date, positions


Gerry & The Pacemakers

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
Chart Date                                            Position
Monday, May 18, 196                          38
Monday, May 25, 1964                        21
Monday, June 01, 1964                        14
Monday, June 08, 1964                        13
Monday, June 15, 1964                          5
Monday, June 22, 1964                          5
Monday, June 29, 1964                          6
Monday, July 06, 1964                           7
Monday, July 13, 1964                           9
Monday, July 20, 1964                         17
Monday, July 27, 1964                         20
Monday, August 03, 1964                    41


Ferry Cross The Mersey

Chart Date                                            Position
Monday, February 01, 1965                 41
Monday, February 08, 1965                 32
Monday, February 15, 1965                 26
Monday, February 22, 1965                 19
Monday, March 01, 1965                     12
Monday, March 08, 1965                       9
Monday, March 15, 1965                       6
Monday, March 22, 1965                       3
Monday, March 29, 1965                       3
Monday, April 05, 1965                          7
Monday, April 12, 1965                        14
Monday, April 19, 1965                        25
Monday, April 26, 1965                        38


Girl On A Swing

Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, September 12, 1966               49
Friday, September 16, 1966                  47
Monday, September 19, 1966               26
Monday, September 26, 1966               13
Monday, October 03, 1966                     5
Monday, October 10, 1966                   14
Monday, October 17, 1966                   23
Monday, October 24, 1966                   35


Give All Your Love To Me

Chart Date                                            Position
Monday, August 23, 1965                    49
Monday, August 30, 1965                    39
Monday, September 06, 1965              36
Monday, September 13, 1965              29
Monday, September 20, 1965              26
Monday, September 27, 1965              19
Monday, October 04, 1965                  22
Monday, October 11, 1965                  31


I Like It

Chart Date                                            Position
Monday, October 05, 1964                  46
Monday, October 12, 1964                  39
Monday, October 19, 1964                  25
Monday, October 26, 1964                  13
Monday, November 02, 1964               11
Monday, November 09, 1964                 9
Monday, November 16, 1964                 9
Monday, November 23, 1964                 6
Monday, November 30, 1964                 7
Monday, December 07, 1964                  8
Monday, December 14, 1964                13
Monday, December 21, 1964                27


I'll Be There

Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, December 21, 1964                44
Monday, December 28, 1964                35
Monday, January 04, 1965                    21
Monday, January 11, 1965                    15
Monday, January 18, 1965                    13
Monday, January 25, 1965                    11
Monday, February 01, 1965                    8
Monday, February 08, 1965                    6
Monday, February 15, 1965                    5
Monday, February 22, 1965                    7
Monday, March 01, 1965                        9
Monday, March 08, 1965                      13
Monday, March 15, 1965                      25


I'm The One

Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, April 27, 1964                        46
Monday, May 04, 1964                        37
Monday, May 11, 1964                        13
Monday, May 18, 1964                          3
Monday, May 25, 1964                          1
Monday, June 01, 1964                          1
Monday, June 08, 1964                          3
Monday, June 15, 1964                          6
Monday, June 22, 1964                          8
Monday, June 29, 1964                        11
Monday, July 06, 1964                         17
Monday, July 13, 1964                         30


It's Gonna Be Alright

Chart Date                                            Position
Monday, April 12, 1965                       50
Monday, April 19, 1965                       44
Monday, April 26, 1965                       34
Monday, May 03, 1965                       23
Monday, May 10, 1965                       22
Monday, May 17, 1965                       22
Monday, May 24, 1965                       49


Jambalaya
Chart Date                                           Position
Monday, July 20, 1964                        32
Monday, July 27, 1964                        21
Monday, August 03, 1964                   11
Monday, August 10, 1964                   10
Monday, August 17, 1964                     8
Monday, August 24, 1964                   10
Monday, August 31, 1964                   11
Monday, September 07, 1964             27


La La La
Chart Date                                            Position
Monday, April 04, 1966                        47
Monday, April 11, 1966                        41
Monday, April 18, 1966                        33
Monday, April 25, 1966                        25
Monday, May 02, 1966                        17
Monday, May 09, 1966                        22
Monday, May 16, 1966                        39

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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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