#atozchallenge Top Ten: CHUM (1050 AM, Toronto ON), 6/22/64

CHUM in Toronto is currently broadcasting a sports-talk format, but did Top 40 music from 1957 through 1986, after which they went through several other formats and had a couple of different owners. Here’s their Top Ten from June 22, 1964. No Beatles, but Merseyside is well-represented.

  1. The Wailers, “Tall Cool One”: From Tacoma, Washington, The Wailers (also called The Fabulous Wailers) did saxophone-drven rock & roll. They initially released “Tall Cool One” in 1959 when they were on the New York-based Golden Crest Records, and it reached #36 on the Hot 100. The band chose to move back to Tacoma (Jimi Hendrix, from nearby Seattle, was a big fan) and ended their contract with Golden Crest. In 1964, Golden Crest re-released the song and it again hit the Top 40, peaking at #38.
  2. Johnny Rivers, “Memphis”: From the 1964 album Johnny Rivers Live At The Whiskey A Go Go, which produced a few hits for them, comes this cover of Chuck Berry’s song. It reached #2 in the US, behind The Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” and #1 in Canada.
  3. Gerry & The Pacemakers, “I’m The One”: Like The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers were from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and produced by George Martin. “I’m The One” only reached #82 in the US, but got to #2 in the UK and Canada.
  4. Elvis Presley, “Kiss Me Quick”: Elvis originally released “Kiss Me Quick” on his 1961 album Pot Luck With Elvis, but it wasn’;t released as a single until 1963 in the UK and 1964 in the US. In the US, it was the B side to “Suspicion” and only reached #34, but reached #3 in Canada. Terry Stafford, who sounded a lot like Elvis, ended having a bigger hit with “Suspicion” in ’64.
  5. Dave Clark 5, “Do You Love Me”: Written by Berry Gordy Jr. and originally released by The Contours in 1962, The DC5 took it to #11 (#8 according to Cash Box).
  6. Gerry & The Pacemakers, “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying”: The second song by Gerry & The Pacemakers, this was released before “I’m The One” in the US and went to #4 in the US, which might explain “I’m The One”‘s poor performance. It reached #4 in Canada and #6 in the UK.
  7. The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love”: Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and producer Phil Spector for The Dixie Cups, it reached #1 in the US and Canada and #22 in the UK.
  8. Millie Small, “My Boy Lollipop”: 13-year-old Jamaican singer Millie Small covered Barbie Gaye’s song from 1956, introducing the US, Canada, and the UK to ska. It rose to #2 in all three countries.
  9. Lucille Starr, “The French Song”: Born in Manitoba and married to country singer Bob Regan, with whom she sang in a duet called “Bob & Lucille.” “The French Song” was produced by Herb Alpert and was so popular that she became the first Canadian international star. It rose to #12 in Canada and only to #54 in the US.
  10. Peter & Gordon, “A World Without Love”: Peter Asher was the brother of Jane Asher, who at the time was dating Paul McCartney, who wrote “A World Without Love” for Peter and Gordon Waller. It became a #1 hit in the US and the UK.

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18 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Top Ten: CHUM (1050 AM, Toronto ON), 6/22/64

  1. I think it’s a tie between Memphis and Chapel of Love. I haven’t heard them in a while so I’d have to listen to them again to be able to pick my top one.


  2. John,

    We went to the mountains yesterday, so I’m doing a little catch up today and what a better to do that then to have your daily playlist going in the background. Judging by the song titles this one comprises of a number of good oldies. Now it’s time to hit play to enjoy!

    Check out my Looney Tunes’ Henery Hawk Art Sketch when you get a chance, my friend. Happy A2Zing!!


  3. John, thank you thank you thank you. You can’t imagine how excited I was when I read your post today. I never knew there was a song about Tall Cool One… that is what I’ve called my hubby for years. He tells me he knew there was a song… except the song he refers to is one done by Robert Plant. “Lighten up baby I’m in love with you” and he sings that to me… ha ha ha. This was a great post and I’ve included a shout out for your site. Check it out while I’m trying to ignore negativity
    Have a great day.


  4. Ugh, the first one is unavailable for me to play and I can’t skip to the next. I know most of these songs which are fun like Lollipop. I’m surprised at how young some of them are when they got famous. I will listen to couple of others through YouTube though to see if I know them or if they are new to me.


      1. Thanks so much for changing this and I got to listen to all of them. 1964 is a great year as that is the year I was born. I truly loved that french song and never heard of it before.

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  5. Hi John – thanks for these … I’m enjoying them – and I love some of these songs … all the best – Hilary


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