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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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RECENT POSTS

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Johnny Rivers on the 1050 CHUM Chart: Songs, charting dates, positions


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(I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water
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Chart Date                                      Position
Monday, June 13, 1966                  40
Monday, June 20, 1966                  34
Monday, June 27, 1966                  23
Monday, July 04, 1966                   22
Monday, July 11, 1966                   15
Monday, July 18, 1966                   22
Monday, July 25, 1966                   33

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Baby I Need Your Lovin'
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Chart Date                                      Position
Monday, January 30, 1967             42
Monday, February 06, 1967           35
Monday, February 13, 1967           17
Monday, February 20, 1967           14
Monday, February 27, 1967             9
Monday, March 06, 1967               16
Monday, March 13, 1967               32

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Help Me Rhonda
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Chart Date                                       Position
Saturday, July 26, 1975                   29
Saturday, August 02, 1975              22
Saturday, August 09, 1975              20
Saturday, August 16, 1975              20
Saturday, August 23, 1975              18
Saturday, August 30, 1975              16
Saturday, September 06, 1975        20
Saturday, September 13, 1975        26

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Look To Your Soul
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Chart Date                                      Position
Monday, April 08, 1968                  42
Monday, April 15, 1968                  30
Monday, April 22, 1968                  23
Monday, April 29, 1968                  33
Monday, May 06, 1968                  45

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Maybelline
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Chart Date                                      Position
Monday, August 17, 1964              37
Monday, August 24, 1964              35
Monday, August 31, 1964              32
Monday, September 07, 1964        26
Monday, September 14, 1964        29

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Memphis
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Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, June 01, 1964                 46
Monday, June 08, 1964                 30
Monday, June 15, 1964                 20
Monday, June 22, 1964                  9
Monday, June 29, 1964                  5
Monday, July 06, 1964                   1
Monday, July 13, 1964                   1
Monday, July 20, 1964                   1
Monday, July 27, 1964                   2
Monday, August 03, 1964              6
Monday, August 10, 1964              7
Monday, August 17, 1964            18
Monday, August 24, 1964            23
Monday, August 31, 1964            48

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Mountain Of Love
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Chart Date                                    Position
Monday, November 09, 1964       40
Monday, November 16, 1964       24
Monday, November 23, 1964       20
Monday, November 30, 1964       19
Monday, December 07, 1964        25
Monday, December 14, 1964        19
Monday, December 21, 1964        46

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Poor Side Of Town
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Chart Date                                      Position
Monday, September 19, 1966        45
Monday, September 26, 1966        34
Monday, October 03, 1966            20
Monday, October 10, 1966            12
Monday, October 17, 1966              9
Monday, October 24, 1966              5
Monday, October 31, 1966              4
Monday, November 07, 1966          7
Monday, November 14, 1966        11
Monday, November 21, 1966        16
Monday, November 28, 1966        23
Monday, December 05, 1966        46

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Rockin' Pneumonia-Boogie Woogie Flu
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Chart Date                                     Position
Saturday, December 09, 1972        20
Saturday, December 16, 1972        15
Saturday, December 23, 1972          9
Saturday, December 30, 1972          4
Saturday, January 06, 1973              4
Saturday, January 13, 1973              3
Saturday, January 20, 1973              3
Saturday, January 27, 1973              7
Saturday, February 03, 1973          10
Saturday, February 10, 1973          13
Saturday, February 17, 1973          20
Saturday, February 24, 1973          25
Saturday, March 03, 1973             28
Saturday, March 10, 1973             30

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Secret Agent Man
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Chart Date                                    Position
Monday, March 21, 1966             50
Monday, March 28, 1966             34
Monday, April 04, 1966                22
Monday, April 11, 1966                  9
Monday, April 18, 1966                  3
Monday, April 25, 1966                  2
Monday, May 02, 1966                   1
Monday, May 09, 1966                   3
Monday, May 16, 1966                   9
Monday, May 23, 1966                 15
Monday, May 30, 1966                 28
Monday, June 06, 1966                 49

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Seventh Son
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Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, June 07, 1965                 47
Monday, June 14, 1965                 45
Monday, June 21, 1965                 39
Monday, June 28, 1965                 27
Monday, July 05, 1965                  18
Monday, July 12, 1965                  12
Monday, July 19, 1965                  12
Monday, July 26, 1965                  17
Monday, August 02, 1965             18
Monday, August 09, 1965             34

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Summer Rain
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Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, November 20, 1967        43
Monday, November 27, 1967        29
Monday, December 04, 1967         15
Monday, December 11, 1967          6
Monday, December 18, 1967          3
Monday, December 25, 1967        12
Monday, January 01, 1968            26
Monday, January 08, 1968            45

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Swayin' To The Music (slow Dancin')
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Chart Date                                    Position                     
Saturday, September 10, 1977      26      
Saturday, September 03, 1977      22
Saturday, September 17, 1977      18
Saturday, September 24, 1977      15
Saturday, October 01, 1977           9
Saturday, October 08, 1977           7
Saturday, October 15, 1977           5
Saturday, October 22, 1977           5
Saturday, October 29, 1977           9
Saturday, November 05, 1977      15
Saturday, November 12, 1977      22
Saturday, November 19, 1977      26
Saturday, November 26, 1977      30

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These Are Not My People
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Chart Date                                    Position
Saturday, February 22, 1969         28
Friday, February 28, 1969             23
Saturday, March 01, 1969             17
Saturday, March 08, 1969             11
Saturday, March 15, 1969             11
Saturday, March 22, 1969             18

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Tracks Of My Tears, The
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Chart Date                                   Position
Monday, May 29, 1967               44
Monday, June 05, 1967               30
Monday, June 12, 1967               22
Monday, June 19, 1967               11
Monday, June 26, 1967                 6
Monday, July 03, 1967                  2
Monday, July 10, 1967                  5
Monday, July 17, 1967                15
Monday, July 24, 1967                26
Monday, July 31, 1967                47

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Under Your Spell Again
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Chart Date                                   Position
Monday, December 27, 1965      48
Monday, January 03, 1966          37
Monday, January 10, 1966          37
Monday, January 17, 1966          30
Monday, January 24, 1966          28
Monday, January 31, 1966          20
Tuesday, February 01, 1966        24
Monday, February 07, 1966        33


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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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