Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sam The Record Man has been an institution in Toronto for as long as I can remember. His is a typical story of a humble immigrant rising to leadership and success from hard work and entrepreneurial genius. Sam's was more than just a chain of record stores. Sam Sniderman was a huge supporter of Canadian music and helped launch the careers of many talented artists. Now his chain of record stores has succumbed to the rapid advances of technology, and the flagship store, the one where I worked in the early 70's, is closing at the end of the month. I have so many memories of that place at Yonge and Gould. In my early teens, I spent many a Saturday afternoon browsing the stacks of records with my friends, and then when I was hired at the age of 17 to work in the Classical department on Sunday afternoons, well, I had the best job any music lover could have. There were many regulars who would come in to browse or purchase or just say hello. The late famous CBC broadcaster Clyde Gilmour was one of them. It's the passing of a Toronto landmark, and with sadness and fond memories, we say goodbye.