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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, September 4, 2014

Sonny and Cher on the 1050 CHUM Chart: Songs, charting dates, positions


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A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done
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Chart Date                                            Position
Saturday, March 18, 1972                    25
Saturday, March 25, 1972                      9
Saturday, April 01, 1972                         8
Saturday, April 08, 1972                         5
Saturday, April 15, 1972                         4
Saturday, April 22, 1972                         4
Saturday, April 29, 1972                         4
Saturday, May 06, 1972                        15
Saturday, May 13, 1972                        24

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All I Ever Need Is You
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Chart Date                                              Position
Saturday, November 13, 1971                27
Saturday, November 20, 1971                21
Saturday, November 27, 1971                17
Saturday, December 04, 1971                16
Saturday, December 11, 1971                13
Saturday, December 18, 1971                10
Saturday, December 25, 1971                10
Saturday, January 01, 1972                    29

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Baby Don't Go
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, September 20, 1965               44
Monday, September 27, 1965               37
Monday, October 04, 1965                   23
Monday, October 11, 1965                   10
Monday, October 18, 1965                    2
Monday, October 25, 1965                    1
Monday, November 01, 1965                1
Monday, November 08, 1965                2
Monday, November 15, 1965                3
Monday, November 22, 1965              13
Monday, November 29, 1965              28

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Beat Goes On, The
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, January 16, 1967                    42
Monday, January 23, 1967                    34
Monday, January 30, 1967                    26
Monday, February 06, 1967                  16
Monday, February 13, 1967                    9
Monday, February 20, 1967                  15
Monday, February 27, 1967                  22
Monday, March 06, 1967                      38

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But You're Mine
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, October 11, 1965                   47
Monday, October 18, 1965                   38
Monday, October 25, 1965                   33
Monday, November 01, 1965               29
Monday, November 08, 1965               23
Monday, November 15, 1965               23
Monday, November 22, 1965               50

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I Got You Babe
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, July 26, 1965                          43
Monday, August 02, 1965                     41
Monday, August 09, 1965                     21
Monday, August 16, 1965                       9
Monday, August 23, 1965                       6
Monday, August 30, 1965                       5
Monday, September 06, 1965                 4
Monday, September 13, 1965                 5
Monday, September 20, 1965                 7
Monday, September 27, 1965                 8
Monday, October 04, 1965                     8
Monday, October 11, 1965                     9
Monday, October 18, 1965                   13
Monday, October 25, 1965                   21
Monday, November 01, 1965               23
Monday, November 08, 1965               33

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It's The Little Things
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, July 24, 1967                          48
Monday, July 31, 1967                          41
Monday, August 07, 1967                     32
Saturday, August 12, 1967                    19
Monday, August 14, 1967                      7
Monday, August 21, 1967                      6
Monday, August 28, 1967                      3
Monday, September 04, 1967                4
Monday, September 11, 1967                7
Monday, September 18, 1967              13
Monday, September 25, 1967              23
Monday, October 02, 1967                 46

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Just You
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Chart Date                                            Position
Monday, September 13, 1965              43
Monday, September 20, 1965              34
Monday, September 27, 1965              23
Monday, October 04, 1965                  18
Monday, October 11, 1965                  15
Monday, October 18, 1965                  15
Monday, October 25, 1965                  22

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Laugh At Me
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, August 30, 1965                     46
Monday, September 06, 1965               40
Monday, September 13, 1965               35
Monday, September 20, 1965               35
Monday, September 27, 1965               33
Monday, October 04, 1965                   26
Monday, October 11, 1965                   34

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Letter, The
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Chart Date                                           Position
Monday, November 01, 1965              49
Monday, November 08, 1965              43
Monday, November 15, 1965              29
Monday, November 22, 1965              24
Monday, November 29, 1965              27
Monday, December 06, 1965              29

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Little Man
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, September 26, 1966               41
Monday, October 03, 1966                   24
Monday, October 10, 1966                   15
Monday, October 17, 1966                     6
Monday, October 24, 1966                   12
Monday, October 31, 1966                   15
Monday, November 07, 1966               31
Monday, November 14, 1966              48

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Revolution Kind, The
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Chart Date                                           Position
Monday, December 06, 1965              50
Monday, December 13, 1965              43
Monday, December 20, 1965              35
Monday, December 27, 1965              44

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What Now My Love
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Chart Date                                           Position
Monday, February 07, 1966                44
Monday, February 14, 1966                36
Monday, February 21, 1966                26
Monday, February 28, 1966                17
Monday, March 07, 1966                    16
Monday, March 14, 1966                    19
Monday, March 21, 1966                    24
Monday, March 28, 1966                    32
Monday, April 04, 1966                      46


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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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