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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 11, 2014

Tom Jones on the 1050 CHUM Chart: Songs, charting dates, positions

 
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A Minute Of Your Time
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Chart Date                                              Position
Saturday, December 14, 1968                27
Saturday, December 21, 1968                21
Saturday, December 28, 1968                17
Saturday, January 04, 1969                    15
Saturday, January 11, 1969                    14
Saturday, January 18, 1969                    14

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Daughter Of Darknes
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Chart Date                                              Position
Saturday, May 02, 1970                         27
Saturday, May 09, 1970                         24
Saturday, May 16, 1970                         21
Saturday, May 23, 1970                         15
Saturday, May 30, 1970                           5
Saturday, June 06, 1970                           5
Saturday, June 13, 1970                         12
Saturday, June 20, 1970                         24

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Delilah
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Chart Date                                               Position
Monday, March 11, 1968                        42
Monday, March 18, 1968                        30
Monday, March 25, 1968                        15
Monday, April 01, 1968                          11
Monday, April 08, 1968                            5
Monday, April 15, 1968                            3
Monday, April 22, 1968                            2
Monday, April 29, 1968                            6
Monday, May 06, 1968                             7
Monday, May 13, 1968                           27
Monday, May 20, 1968                           37

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Detroit City
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Chart Date                                                Position
Monday, March 06, 1967                         50
Monday, March 13, 1967                         38
Monday, March 20, 1967                         24
Monday, March 27, 1967                         15
Monday, April 03, 1967                           18
Monday, April 10, 1967                           21
Monday, April 17, 1967                           32
Monday, April 24, 1967                           47

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Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings
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Chart Date                                                Position
Monday, May 29, 1967                            45
Monday, June 05, 1967                            36
Monday, June 12, 1967                            24
Monday, June 19, 1967                            33
Monday, June 26, 1967                            49

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Green, Green Grass Of Home
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Chart Date                                                Position
Monday, January 02, 1967                       50
Monday, January 09, 1967                       39
Monday, January 16, 1967                       24
Monday, January 23, 1967                       13
Monday, January 30, 1967                         5
Monday, February 06, 1967                       3
Monday, February 13, 1967                       1
Monday, February 20, 1967                       2
Monday, February 27, 1967                       2
Monday, March 06, 1967                           5
Monday, March 13, 1967                         10
Monday, March 20, 1967                         18
Monday, March 27, 1967                         50

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Help Yourself
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Chart Date                                                 Position
Saturday, August 17, 1968                         29
Saturday, August 24, 1968                         22
Saturday, August 31, 1968                         18
Saturday, September 07, 1968                   16
Saturday, September 14, 1968                   15
Saturday, September 21, 1968                   15
Saturday, September 28, 1968                   12
Saturday, October 05, 1968                       13
Saturday, October 12, 1968                       16
Saturday, October 19, 1968                       17
Saturday, October 26, 1968                       30

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I (Who Have Nothing)
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Chart Date                                                   Position
Saturday, August 29, 1970                           28
Saturday, September 05, 1970                     20
Saturday, September 12, 1970                     19
Saturday, September 19, 1970                     16
Saturday, September 26, 1970                     15

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I'll Never Fall In Love Again
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Chart Date                                                    Position
Monday, September 11, 1967                      49
Monday, September 18, 1967                      36
Monday, September 25, 1967                      30
Monday, October 02, 1967                          20
Monday, October 09, 1967                          13
Monday, October 16, 1967                            7
Monday, October 23, 1967                            2
Monday, October 30, 1967                            3
Monday, November 06, 1967                        8
Monday, November 13, 1967                      15
Monday, November 20, 1967                      22
Monday, November 27, 1967                      35
Saturday, September 06, 1969                     28
Saturday, September 13, 1969                     23
Saturday, September 20, 1969                     10
Saturday, September 27, 1969                      6
Saturday, October 04, 1969                          4
Saturday, October 11, 1969                          4
Saturday, October 18, 1969                          8

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I'm Coming Home
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Chart Date                                                      Position
Monday, December 11, 1967                         39
Monday, December 18, 1967                         18
Monday, December 25, 1967                         16
Monday, January 01, 1968                             11
Monday, January 08, 1968                               8
Monday, January 15, 1968                               4
Monday, January 22, 1968                             11
Monday, January 29, 1968                             19
Monday, February 05, 1968                           27
Monday, February 12, 1968                           32

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It's Not Unusual
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Chart Date                                                       Position
Monday, April 05, 1965                                   49
Monday, April 12, 1965                                   41
Monday, April 19, 1965                                   26
Monday, April 26, 1965                                   20
Monday, May 03, 1965                                   13
Monday, May 10, 1965                                   12
Monday, May 17, 1965                                   11
Monday, May 24, 1965                                   14
Monday, May 31, 1965                                   25
Monday, June 07, 196531

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Love Me Tonight
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Chart Date                                                        Position
Saturday, June 14, 1969                                   29
Saturday, June 21, 1969                                   21
Saturday, June 28, 1969                                   19
Saturday, July 05, 1969                                    12
Saturday, July 12, 1969                                    19
Saturday, July 19, 1969                                    20

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She's A Lady
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Chart Date                                                        Position
Saturday, February 13, 1971                            25
Saturday, February 20, 1971                            15
Saturday, February 27, 1971                              9
Saturday, March 06, 1971                                  3
Saturday, March 13, 1971                                  1
Saturday, March 20, 1971                                  1
Saturday, March 27, 1971                                  3
Saturday, April 03, 1971                                     8
Saturday, April 10, 1971                                   20

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Thunderball
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Chart Date                                                          Position
Monday, December 13, 1965                             44
Monday, December 20, 1965                             39
Monday, December 27, 1965                             34
Monday, January 03, 1966                                 30
Monday, January 10, 1966                                 24
Monday, January 17, 1966                                 20
Monday, January 24, 1966                                 25
Monday, January 31, 1966                                 48

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What's New Pussycat?
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Chart Date                                                          Position
Monday, June 21, 1965                                       43
Monday, June 28, 1965                                       36
Monday, July 05, 1965                                        27
Monday, July 12, 1965                                        17
Monday, July 19, 1965                                        14
Monday, July 26, 1965                                        14
Monday, August 02, 1965                                   16
Monday, August 09, 1965                                   27
Monday, August 16, 1965                                   48

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With These Hands
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Chart Date                                                           Position
Monday, September 06, 1965                              46
Monday, September 13, 1965                              42
Monday, September 20, 1965                              38
Monday, September 27, 1965                              35
Monday, October 04, 1965                                  34
Monday, October 11, 1965                                  35

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Without Love (There Is Nothing)
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Chart Date                                                           Position
Saturday, December 27, 1969                             29
Saturday, January 03, 1970                                 22
Saturday, January 10, 1970                                 15
Saturday, January 17, 1970                                 10
Saturday, January 24, 1970                                 17


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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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