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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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Friday, September 26, 2014

Patti Page on the 1050 CHUM Chart: Songs, charting dates, positions

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Belonging To Someone
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Chart Date                                         Position
Monday, January 20, 1958                47
Monday, January 27, 1958                26
Monday, February 03, 1958              23
Monday, February 10, 1958              18
Monday, February 17, 1958              21
Monday, February 24, 1958              28
Monday, March 03, 1958                  33
Monday, March 10, 1958                  49

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Boy's Night Out, The
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Chart Date                                         Position
Monday, August 13, 1962                 41
Monday, August 20, 1962                 31
Monday, August 27, 1962                 24
Monday, September 03, 1962           21
Monday, September 10, 1962           24
Monday, September 17, 1962           34
Monday, September 24, 1962           48

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Broken Heart And A Pillow Filled With Tears
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Chart Date                                         Position
Monday, October 09, 1961               49
Monday, October 16, 1961               41
Monday, October 23, 1961               35
Monday, October 30, 1961               35
Monday, November 06, 1961           33
Monday, November 13, 1961           30
Monday, November 20, 1961           32
Monday, November 27, 1961           38
Monday, December 04, 1961           48

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Fibbin'
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Chart Date                                        Position
Monday, September 15, 1958          35
Monday, September 22, 1958          33
Monday, September 29, 1958          25
Monday, October 06, 1958              17
Monday, October 13, 1958              15
Monday, October 20, 1958              17
Monday, October 27, 1958              21
Monday, November 03, 1958          27
Monday, November 10, 1958          37

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Go On Home
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Chart Date                                       Position
Monday, December 25, 1961          46
Monday, January 01, 1962              39
Monday, January 08, 1962              45
Monday, January 15, 1962              48
Monday, January 22, 1962              48
Monday, January 29, 1962              50
Monday, February 05, 1962            48
Monday, February 12, 1962            48
Monday, February 19, 1962            50
Monday, February 26, 1962            50

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Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
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Chart Date                                      Position
Monday, May 10, 1965                  42
Monday, May 17, 1965                  32
Monday, May 24, 1965                  20
Monday, May 31, 1965                    6
Monday, June 07, 1965                    5
Monday, June 14, 1965                    5
Monday, June 21, 1965                    3
Monday, June 28, 1965                    8
Monday, July 05, 1965                   13
Monday, July 12, 1965                   16
Monday, July 19, 1965                   26

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I'll Remember Today
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Chart Date                                       Position
Monday, October 14, 1957             45
Monday, October 21, 1957             29
Monday, October 28, 1957             27
Monday, November 04, 1957         19
Monday, November 11, 1957         14
Monday, November 18, 1957         12
Monday, November 25, 1957         14
Monday, December 02, 1957          19
Monday, December 09, 1957          28
Monday, December 16, 1957          28
Monday, December 23, 1957          36
Monday, December 30, 1957          43

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Left Right Out Of Your Heart (Hi Lee Hi Lo Lup Up Up)
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Chart Date                                       Position
Monday, June 16, 1958                   50
Monday, June 23, 1958                   48
Monday, June 30, 1958                   32
Monday, July 07, 1958                    20
Monday, July 14, 1958                    11
Monday, July 21, 1958                      7
Monday, July 28, 1958                      7
Monday, August 04, 1958               11
Monday, August 11, 1958               20
Monday, August 18, 1958               35
Monday, August 25, 1958               46

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Old Cape Cod
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Chart Date                                       Position
Monday, June 10, 1957                   43
Monday, June 17, 1957                   33
Monday, June 24, 1957                   18
Monday, July 01, 1957                    13
Monday, July 08, 1957                      8
Monday, July 15, 1957                      4
Monday, July 22, 1957                      4
Monday, July 29, 1957                    26
Monday, August 05, 1957               43

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One Of Us (Will Weep Tonight)
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Chart Date                                       Position
Monday, July 11, 1960                    42
Monday, July 18, 1960                    33
Monday, July 25, 1960                    21
Monday, August 01, 1960               14
Monday, August 08, 1960               13
Monday, August 15, 1960               21
Monday, August 22, 1960               28
Monday, August 29, 1960               36
Monday, September 05, 1960         46

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Trust In Me
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Chart Date                                        Position
Monday, January 05, 1959               49
Monday, January 12, 1959               43
Monday, January 19, 1959               39
Monday, January 26, 1959               38
Monday, February 02, 1959             34
Tuesday, February 03, 1959             42

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You'll Answer To Me
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Chart Date                                        Position
Sunday, July 16, 1961                       40
Monday, July 17, 1961                     33
Monday, July 24, 1961                     31
Monday, July 31, 1961                     36
Monday, August 07, 1961                35

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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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