Sam “the Record Man” Sniderman has died
On Sunday surrounded by his family Sam Sniderman died in his sleep. He was 92.
In 1937 Sam Sniderman and his brother Sidney opened op Sam the Record Man’s first store in Toronto on College Street moving to its most iconic location at 347 Yonge Store in 1961.
You couldn’t live in Toronto after 1961 until the store closed in 2007 without venturing into Sam The Record Man at least once. The neon lights and graffiti walls was a mecca to music lovers with albums that you may not be able to locate anywhere else. Sam’s was where the fans of garage balls could find vinyl of their favorite musicians with over 400,000 titles for sale.
Sam was not just a salesman. He fought for a stronger music scene in Canada finding the likes of Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot begin their careers. He would give money out of his own back pocket to help a new artist have a chance.
There will be a service on Tuesday at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel. He is survived by sons Bobby and Jason, their wives and his four grandchildren.
Fans of Sam’s are invited to post their memories on the Rest in Peace Sam Sniderman Facebook page.