Sam Sniderman, Dead at 92

In MemoriumSam Sniderman was 92. He was the founder of Sam the Record Man. I spent many hours perusing the floors of his flagship store at 347 Yonge Street.

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519 Rob

I grew up in Stratford, not too close to Toronto. So the first time I got to Sam's (and every visit after) was a special treat. I was just as excited to see the autographs on the wall, as I was new music.
I wonder what Sam thought of the condition of todays music?
RIP Sam.

September 24, 2012 @ 9:17 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@519 Rob

Sam the Record Man will most definitely be missed. Here are entries in which I remember Sam The Record Man.

September 24, 2012 @ 9:19 AM


I spent many a Saturday and many, many dollars at Sam's main store in my teen years. I loved coming home with a handful of albums (yes - thanks to a rather large and profitable Toronto Star newspaper route) on a regular basis. I loved opening up the albums, reading the liner notes and following the lyrics as I listened to my new purchase(s).

Shopping at Sam's was an experience. My favourite one was one time when I was looking for something that was requiring a bit of effort. I had looked in the "big book" that was on the main store main floor. As I turned away from the book, Sam himself asked me if he could help me find something. "Yes, please, Mr. Sniderman." "Please, call me Sam." I told him what I was looking for. He said that he thought he knew where we would find it and if not, he would get it for me. He found it. To this day, I don't know who was more excited, me at having Sam Sniderman helping me out, or Sam helping me find my record. That is my memory of Sam Sniderman.

I hope that Ryerson U., now owners of the famous spinning records lights, will put them on public display again. They were as iconic as the man himself.

R.I.P. Sam Sniderman

September 24, 2012 @ 10:19 AM


I don't remember ever actually meeting Sam, but going to Sam The Record Man a lot. I remember they had lots and lots of records, you could browse forever if you wanted to.

September 24, 2012 @ 4:55 PM

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