End of an era with the passing of Sam "The Record Man" Sniderman. One of the good guys who shaped the Canadian music business. RIP Sam's.-- jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) September 24, 2012
RIP Sam "The Record Man" Sniderman, who sold us our first records, gave us our first jobs, and then sold our first albums. Thanks!-- Grant Lawrence (@GrantLawrence) September 24, 2012
Re: Sam Sniderman. I worked my way thru university @ Sunrise across from the glare of Sam's spinning platters. A temple to music. #RIPSAM-- Eli Glasner (@glasneronfilm) September 24, 2012
A resounding sentiment echoed across the country Monday (September 24) after the news broke that Sam 'The Record Man' Sniderman - owner of the iconic chain of music stores - passed away at the age of 92.
Sam began his love for music by selling records out of his brother's radio store along College Street in Toronto before opening that landmark store on Yonge Street in 1959.
A widely popular place for music lovers to hang out and browse through vinyl records, the store was also famous for its massive Boxing Day Sale as music obsessed youth lined up for hours on end to score some bargains and chat about tunes.
Sam then opened a handful of smaller chains across the country, expanding his devotion to music - especially Canadian music. His work on promoting Canadian music earned him a multitude of recognition, including the Order of Canada in 1976, an induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (just to name a few).
Even though Sam's stores have since closed (the Yonge Street store shut its doors on June 30, 2007), Sam's neon signs remain and today, music lovers across the country are remembering the 'Record Man'.
Listen to the latest episode of CBC Radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi as he pays homage to Sam in his opening essay: