Sep 24, 2012

By Jane Brown

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He brought the latest hits to Toronto music lovers for decades.  Sam Sniderman, the founder of the legendary Sam the Record Man music store on Yonge Street, has died.  He was 92.  A release says Sniderman passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday in Toronto, surrounded by loved ones.  Mr. Sniderman opened his flagship store at Yonge and Gould in 1959.  In 2007, the iconic store with its huge flashing neon sign closed down, seven years after Sam retired. 

A major promotor of Canadian music, Sam Sniderman received the Order of Canada in 1976.  He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997.  He also received a Governor General award and Honorary doctorates from Ryerson University and the University of Prince Edward island.  Known as Sam the Record Man, Sniderman and his brother Sid opened a small store on College Street in 1937 and together they built a chain of Sam the Record Man stores that spanned the country.

The family says a service will be held Tuesday, September 25, and that an October Memorial Service will be announced.

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