The Friday 5×2: CHUM’s Top 10 from 1957

CHUM (1050 kHz in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is now a news-talk station, but from the late ’50’s into the ’80’s played a Top 40 format, which in 1957 meant a lot of country. If you’re like me, you haven’t heard most of these before.

  1. Alvadean Coker & The Coker Family, “There’s A Tear In The Eye Of The Man In The Moon” Now, that’s what I call the name of a country song.
  2. Marty Robbins, “Singing The Blues” The legendary Robbins had a #1 hit with this in late 1956, and it was just making its way down the charts.
  3. Hylo Brown, “The Prisoner’s Song” Brown’s from Johnson County, Kentucky, so you just know you’re going to hear some bluegrass here. Features the great Earl Scruggs on banjo. I hope Shirley got her record back…
  4. King Ganam, “Josh Brown’s County Breakdown” Ameen Seid “King” Ganam was from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, the son of Syrian-English parents. He was considered “Canada’s King of the Fiddle.” His playing sounds like it was influenced by Scottish and Irish fiddlers. You’ll love it, I promise.
  5. Bobby Lord, “Without Your Love” From Tampa, Florida, he was discovered by country songwriter Boudleaux Bryant and signed with Columbia. This was a #10 hit for him, the only time in his career he reached the Top 10.
  6. George Morgan, “There Goes My Love” Considered a “country crooner” because he sounded more like Perry Como than most popular country singers, George is best known for his first hit, “Candy Kisses,” which reached #1. This reached #15.
  7. Johnny Cash, “There You Go” Another single from his days at Sun Records, this was his followup to “I Walk The Line,” and like its predecessor, it reached #1.
  8. Sonny James, “Young Love” The only song I recognized on the survey, this was a big crossover hit for Sonny in ’57.
  9. Elvis Presley, “When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again” Another great name for a country song, this comes from Elvis’s Sun Records days, when he did a lot of country.
  10. Leroy Van Dyke, “The Auctioneer” Almost a novelty record, it features some fast-talkin’ from Leroy.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for January 11, 2019.

5 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: CHUM’s Top 10 from 1957

  1. Yep, you’re right about these songs being unfamiliar unless you’re a country music fan. I only started to like some country music in the last couple of years.


    1. I’ve always kind of liked country, even being a city kid. I went through a time here when I listened to Kicks 101.5 because all the others (96 Rock, Star 94, Fox 97 etc.) played the same thing practically every day. Turned out that Kicks was just as bad. I’m not sure I like current country that much (too much like “pop with cowboy hats and drawls”), but the music from this list was good.

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