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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

Friday, October 3, 2014

Connie Francis on the 1050 CHUM Chart (Part 3) Songs, charting dates, positions

............................................................
Many Tears Ago
............................................................
Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, November 14, 1960        43
Monday, November 21, 1960        17
Monday, November 28, 1960        13
Monday, December 05, 1960        10
Monday, December 12, 1960          6
Monday, December 19, 1960          8
Monday, December 26, 1960        13
Monday, January 02, 1961            17
Monday, January 09, 1961            23
Monday, January 16, 1961            30

............................................................
My Happiness
............................................................
Chart Date                                       Position
Monday, December 15, 1958          47
Monday, December 22, 1958          24
Monday, December 29, 1958            8
Monday, January 05, 1959                5
Monday, January 12, 1959                4
Monday, January 19, 1959                5
Monday, January 26, 1959                6
Monday, February 02, 1959              8
Tuesday, February 03, 1959              9
Monday, February 09, 1959              9
Monday, February 16, 1959            16
Monday, February 23, 1959            26
Monday, March 02, 1959                30

............................................................
My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own
............................................................
Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, August 22, 1960             46
Monday, August 29, 1960             18
Monday, September 05, 1960       10
Monday, September 12, 1960         6
Monday, September 19, 1960         3
Monday, September 26, 1960         4
Monday, October 03, 1960             5
Monday, October 10, 1960           11
Monday, October 17, 1960           16
Monday, October 24, 1960           26
Monday, October 31, 1960           33
Monday, November 07, 1960       38
Monday, November 14, 1960       47

............................................................
No One
............................................................
Chart Date                                   Position
Monday, January 30, 1961          39
Monday, February 06, 1961        22
Monday, February 13, 1961        14
Monday, February 20, 1961        12
Monday, February 27, 1961          8
Monday, March 06, 1961              7
Monday, March 13, 1961            13
Monday, March 20, 1961            17
Monday, March 27, 1961            25
Monday, April 03, 1961              46
Monday, April 10, 1961              45

............................................................
Plenty Good Lovin'
............................................................
Chart Date                                    Position
Monday, September 21, 1959       36
Monday, September 28, 1959       28
Monday, October 05, 1959          34

............................................................
Second Hand Love
............................................................
Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, May 14, 1962                 50
Monday, May 21, 1962                 25
Monday, May 28, 1962                 20
Monday, June 04, 1962                 27
Monday, June 11, 1962                 36
Monday, June 18, 1962                 48

............................................................
Stupid Cupid
............................................................
Chart Date                                      Position
Monday, August 04, 1958              47
Monday, August 11, 1958              34
Monday, August 18, 1958              31
Monday, August 25, 1958              20
Monday, September 01, 1958        12
Monday, September 08, 1958        13
Monday, September 15, 1958        20
Monday, September 22, 1958        28
Monday, September 29, 1958        33

............................................................
Teddy
............................................................
Chart Date                                       Position
Monday, March 07, 1960                31
Monday, March 14, 1960                17
Monday, March 21, 1960                  9
Monday, March 28, 1960                  7
Monday, April 04, 1960                    7
Monday, April 11, 1960                    8
Monday, April 18, 1960                    3
Monday, April 25, 1960                    8
Monday, May 02, 1960                  19
Monday, May 09, 1960                  30

............................................................
Together
............................................................
Chart Date                                      Position
Monday, July 03, 1961                   45
Saturday, July 08, 1961                  36
Monday, July 10, 1961                   13
Sunday, July 16, 1961                    13
Monday, July 17, 1961                  19
Monday, July 24, 1961                  27
Monday, July 31, 1961                  31
Monday, August 07, 1961             42
Monday, August 14, 1961             50
Monday, August 21, 1961             50

............................................................
Too Many Rules
............................................................
Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, July 24, 1961                  13
Monday, July 31, 1961                  19
Monday, August 07, 1961             27
Monday, August 14, 1961             31
Monday, August 21, 1961             42
Monday, August 28, 1961             50
Monday, September 04, 1961       50

............................................................
Vacation
............................................................
Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, July 16, 1962                  37
Monday, July 23, 1962                  16
Monday, July 30, 1962                  15
Monday, August 06, 1962             19
Monday, August 13, 1962             23
Monday, August 20, 1962             33
Monday, August 27, 1962             44

............................................................
When The Boy In Your Arms (Is The Boy In Your Heart)
............................................................
Chart Date                                      Position
Monday, December 04, 1961         41
Monday, December 11, 1961         14
Monday, December 18, 1961         12
Monday, December 25, 1961         12
Monday, January 01, 1962             10
Monday, January 08, 1962             26
Monday, January 15, 1962             34
Monday, January 22, 1962             40

............................................................
Where The Boys Are
............................................................
Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, January 30, 1961            39
Monday, February 06, 1961          22
Monday, February 13, 1961          14
Monday, February 20, 1961          12
Monday, February 27, 1961            8
Monday, March 06, 1961                7
Monday, March 13, 1961              13
Monday, March 20, 1961             17
Monday, March 27, 1961             25
Monday, April 03, 1961               46
Monday, April 10, 1961               45

............................................................
Who's Sorry Now
............................................................
Chart Date                                    Position
Monday, February 24, 1958         42
Monday, March 03, 1958             31
Monday, March 10, 1958             17
Monday, March 17, 1958               9
Monday, March 24, 1958               5
Monday, March 31, 1958               2
Monday, April 07, 1958                 1
Monday, April 14, 1958                 1
Monday, April 21, 1958               10
Monday, April 28, 1958               23

............................................................
You're Gonna Miss Me
............................................................
Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, August 31, 1959             50
Monday, September 07, 1959       44
Monday, September 14, 1959       40
Monday, September 21, 1959       36
Monday, September 28, 1959       28
Monday, October 05, 1959          34
Monday, October 12, 1959          36
Monday, October 19, 1959          39
Monday, October 26, 1959          43

............................................................
Your Other Love
............................................................
Chart Date                                     Position
Monday, October 21, 1963           46
Monday, October 28, 1963           44
Monday, November 04, 1963       41
Monday, November 11, 1963       33
Monday, November 18, 1963       32
Monday, November 25, 1963       43

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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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