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Old 12-07-17, 08:14 PM
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Default #SamTheMan #A Great Musician!!!

Nihal Samarasinghe better known as ‘Sam the Man'

From: davidaldo <davidaldo@optusnet.com.au>

Date: Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 1:49 PM
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Dear Sriyan,
Have you heard of the passing away of Sam the Man?

Just heard ...
Sam:
Date of demise - 11 July 2017 (yesterday ... Tuesday)
Sam was due to play at the Mt.Lavinia... and he as usual, 'prepared' with a leisurely swim.
While 'wiping', he expired.
Funeral deferred until arrival of overseas putha.
Blessings.
David
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

SAMARASINGHE - NIHAL (SAM THE MAN) - Beloved son of late Solomon and Gertrude Samarasinghe - Dearly beloved husband of Felicia,​ loving and devoted father of Nuwan - Loving father-in-law of Koshi,​ loving brother of Tasil,​ passed away on Tuesday,​ 11th July 2017. Cremation at Galkissa Cemetery on Sunday,​ 16th July,​ 2017 at 10.00 a.m. Cortege leaves residence,​ at No. 50,​ Hotel Road,​ Mount Lavinia at 9.15 a.m.086094



From: Arjun Dharmadasa <arjun@saexhibitions.com>

Date: Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 3:53 PM
Subject: 7/12/17, 3:50:42 PM: Sunil De Co: Forwarding as received : it's confirmed that our dear musician 'Sam The Man' has departed from us last night at Mt. Lavinia Hotel, while performing. As much as it's sad news it's also great to know he passed way while doing what he most loved doing. He was extremely passionate about his music and we have enjoyed his music for a few decades. Thank you Sam for your great contribution to our small but dynamic industry! You will surely be missed but your music legacy will always remain with us! May you Rest In Peace and continue to play your Saxaphone �� up there!! ❤������ #SamTheMan #A Great Musician!!!
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7/12/17, 3:50:42 PM: Sunil De Co:
Forwarding as received :
it's confirmed that our dear musician 'Sam The Man' has departed from us last night at Mt. Lavinia Hotel, while performing.
As much as it's sad news it's also great to know he passed way while doing what he most loved doing. He was extremely passionate about his music and we have enjoyed his music for a few decades.

Thank you Sam for your great contribution to our small but dynamic industry!
You will surely be missed but your music legacy will always remain with us!
May you Rest In Peace and continue to play your Saxaphone �� up there!!
❤������
#SamTheMan #A Great Musician!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uByi...ature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRaJtGCo0Ew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuLoGyhqaCM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S13pn2i1TC8



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Old 19-07-17, 01:27 AM
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Subject: Sam the Man by Dr. A.G.Nihal deSilva


Subject: Sam the Man

In response to many inquiries ........

Hello folks,

On Monday July 10th Sam went for his routine swim at the Mt. Lavinia Hotel before his evening performance for the Rotary Club. Swimming for an hour before a performance was his routine exercise regimen at whichever hotel he performs. I was about 5.30 PM and the CC camera records him getting out of the pool clutching his chest and making his way to the changing room. He was seen collapsing in the changing room (not recorded) and was carried physically towards a vehicle but he was dead by that time. No CPR seems to have been attempted.

I got word about 6 PM from family and no official statements were to be made till arrangements were finalized. His son Nuwan from San Francisco was to arrive by Wednesday. The body was handled by Mahinda Florists at Mt.Lavinia but not open for public viewing. The body was brought home to 50 Hotel Road, Mt. Lavinia on Saturday morning. and the funeral was on Sunday.

At his request and that of the family there was no big fuss (announcements, notices etc) made about his demise except for a single very simple notice in the Daily news on Saturday morning. Of course, large crowds visited the house all of Saturday (morning and night) till Sunday morning. Ina and I were with the body from 6 PM till past midnight Saturday and again from 7 AM Sunday morning. I was requested by the family to MC the event and I coordinated timing etc without drawing any attention to myself.

The hotels he played at provided complimentary refreshments to all attendees throuhgout the 2 days without seeking any commercial advertisement.

He was well eulogized by a Buddhist monk before the coffin was closed at which time the Warden of S. Thomas" College also lead prayers. The casket was then draped in the College flag while the college song was being sung - the College prefects were the pall bearers as the centenary club members of the OBA (all in their early 80s) could not handle it. I eulogized him again at the crematorium after the casket was rolled out of view and invited the attendees to participate in the Malabatha at their home.

Felicia (wife) and Thasil (brother) displayed great maturity and poise during the whole event with no overt show of grief. They talked to almost everyone individually and this probably mitigated their grief and brought out the positives of the man. Many were seen weeping. Happily, there were no politicians but I did notice some music and cricketing greats visiting with great humility.

Today at 7 PM is the one week Bana and tomorrow is the Daanay.

I have had 11 foreign residents send me their condolences to be conveyed to the family.

Ours was a brotherly relationship, woven together through scouting, music, surfing, walks on the beach, as schoolmates and immediate neighbours. He performed at my wedding to Ina. Ina and he put on a very successful show about a year ago. There was another being planned for November this year for the STC OBA Centenary Club with Sam, Eddie, Ina and some others. Now it may turn out to be a memory lane event. There is no one else who can replace the man.

Sam was 80 years and an insulin dependent diabetic taking good care of himself in terms of exercise, diet, medication, sleep etc. He had an occasional beer with me and was never a confirmed alcoholic as some would liked to insinuate. He used to contact me for the slightest thing. He had had routine diabetes maintenance blood testing the week before. Incidentally, I was with his dentist this morning and he said he had to custom make a device for Sam as his saxophone put his lower teeth in to some sort of cosmetic stress.

May he rest in peace .........



Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:22 AM
Subject: funeral of SAM THE MAN


The cremation of Sam this morning. The College Prefects carried his casket draped in the College flag. Apart from me, some of the others present were Tissa Molligoda, Dharmin Perera, Michael Tissera,The brothers Ranjit and Dr. Tissa Seneviratne, general Lohan Gunewardena, Nihal tudugalle, L.S.C.Fernando Ryle Munesinghe, Vernis brother Wincy Abeynaike, ;Lakshman Siriwardena P.H.Manatunga LINCOLN fERNANDO ETC ETC It is sad to realise we will not see or hear him anymore.

Merril



Colombo – 1957,a boy who had just left school was asked to play the Saxophone for Leonard Franke’s band “The Manhattans.” He never looked back. Music was to become his life for the next sixty years. It took him from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the United States, Salzburg-Austria, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Zambia, The Middle-East, India, Pakistan and Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

The importance of being Nihal Samarasinghe, popularly known as ‘Sam the Man,’is more than being an “icon of the Sri Lanka English popular music scene.”A man like Sam had to be around for sixty years in post-independent Sri Lanka, to lead us confidently in singing the songs of the dominant global culture. As a nation, competing in international arenas with our own dialect of Sri Lankan English, with its own Sri Lankan English linguistic diction, he had to be there.

Men like Sam were the pioneer builders of that popular self-confidence of Sri Lanka as an English speaking nation, singing the popular songs of the English speaking world, anywhere in the world. He earned the accolade ‘King’ of the Sing Along, having introduced the first Sing Along Concert in Sri Lanka in 1997, together with the Y’s men of Sri Lanka.

Sixty years after he left S.Thomas’ for a career in music, he was laid to rest on Sunday, July 16 2017. His old school in Mount Lavinia in a rare gesture of condolence lowered the school flag to half-mast. It was perhaps the first time that S.Thomas’ College had honoured an old boy for his music, in this manner. When he was taken away from his home at 50 Hotel Road, Mount Lavina after a simple Buddhist ceremony, college prefects sang the college song before his casket, and carried him away.

He played his Saxophone and sang his songs in his eightieth year in life. That was the beauty of his existence. He leaves behind powerful memories of how he gave brave and beautiful expression to his songs. Those who performed with him with “The Jetliners” in the 1960’s and later with his own “Sam the Man and his Gaylord’s” have said of Sam, “music had an unexplainable fascination for Sam, the chords coloured his life” describing him as “a man with an inimitable style of performing.”

His music of the night which reverberated from the sanctums of the Old Thomians’ Swimming Club, leaves behind the echoes of the “ Tennessee Waltz,” “Beyond the Reef,” “Stranger on the Shore,” “My Way,” “It’s only a paper Moon,” “Marie the Dawn is Breaking” to the moments of sunset at the Terrace of the Mount Lavinia Hotel with “Red sails in the Sunset,” “South of the Border,” “I’ll take you home again Kathleen” or the evenings at the Harbour Room of the Grand Oriental Hotel in Fort with “He’ll have to go,” “Moonlight and Roses,” “Banks of the Ohio,” to “Darling how can you forget so soon.”

This was his flamboyant life style for six decades. Sam the Man with his Saxophone and his songs which brought happiness and left memories of great moments to hundreds in Sri Lanka and overseas, as one of Sri Lanka’s true international entertainers.

There was also a routine disciplined lifestyle of “Sam the Man” in Mount Lavinia. He derived his strength from the simplicity of his life style which enabled him to sing along to his eightieth year. On Sunday mornings he used to walk to the Sunday fair at the Mount Lavinia junction looking for herbs, a fascinating “organic” collection that turns up at the stalls of small vendors, to make his nectar for healthy living. Then three or four times a week he used to walk to the S.Thomas’Swimming Pool, for the swims he used to relish.

Away from the glamour of the lights of the many evenings of his life, he knew how to live his life in relaxed comfort. Of course Sam and his wife Felicia were bestowed with a home in one of the few remaining gardens on Hotel Road. Their son Nuwan is pursuing his own career in computer engineering, and his own interest in music in the United States.

It was in that tiny world of the men’s changing room of the S.Thomas’swimming pool that he used to hold sway. His conversation with a few of us, the regulars who hardly knew much about music, turned into a fascinating exercise. He enlightened us from the history of Jazz and its New Orleans days, to popular English country music, and the issues in creating good taste in western music and song, in Sri Lanka.

He was trying to tell us we have never belonged outside the global home; we all cannot but share with others across the world. They were contained in the iconic nature of some of those songs of the international popular English music scene, he sang for us in Sri Lanka.

In the evening of his life “Sam the Man,” “the icon of our club” left with us a picture of a man who has led a meaningful, productive and disciplined life in the Sri Lanka popular English music scene.

Sent by a member of the
Old Thomians Swimming Club
Mount Lavinia
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From: Hiran Fernando <cnhiranfernando@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 8:12 PM
Subject: Fwd: Nihal Samarasinghe aka Sam the Man - An Appreciation




He was Nihal Samarasinghe to many, Sam to some and to the vast majority who Sang Along with him he was ‘Sam the Man’, who kept their toes a tapping, both nationally and internationally for something close to 60 years, not counting his school days at S. Thomas’, where he was a Queen’s Scout. All who knew him or knew of him have lost, a relative, a friend, an entertainer and the Centenary Group of S. Thomas’ at Mt. Lavinia, its President.

Nihal Samarasinghe in the Centre, just after being elected President of the Centenary Group on 4th March 2017

Nihal, left us all on Monday, July 10th evening, without notice, having felt uneasy while swimming.

No doubt he will say, as he sang, that it was a ‘Wonderful World’.

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asxPzCxAY28 ).

It was on 24th June 2017 that he came late for a meeting. The reason for the delay was reasonable as he was practicing his Japanese songs to enable him to entertain Japanese guests who were expected at the hotel. The same day he was requested to write two articles to the ‘Centurion’, the News Letter of the Centenary Group, one the Presidents message and the other ‘in lighter vein’. The Old boys week Saturday lunch come to mind, when given the opportunity to speak after partaking of the usual, he would entertain the large number including the Warden, the Chaplain and hundreds of others, until a part of the food is digested, with an anecdote after another. In fact the laughter begins when Nihal rises to the occasion, before even a word is spoken, for we knew what to expect, though not the details, that was the surprise.

Nihal was ever willing to support anything Thomian. As president, he undertook the task of raising funds by the Centenary Group to paint the main classroom block, where every single student of the College would have spent several years, in time for the celebration of ‘100 years at Mount’. For Sam the Man, it will be done.

Nihal, with his saxophone, a roving microphone and his voice, did not leave room for anyone not to Sing Along. All left, having sung in the best way we knew, even those who had not sung before.

The internet provides a glimpse to the variety he presented at a Sing Along, together with the DVDs he has left behind.

Sam the Man will be missed, he will be sorely missed, by many. As we think of the next Sing Along, it will be Nihal Sam that we will think of.

As ‘The Times of Sri Lanka’ dated 13th July from Toronto, Canada states, ‘News has reached us in Toronto that Nihal Samarasinghe, popularly known as "SAM THE MAN" had passed away last evening in Colombo.
Nihal Samarasinghe, was an icon of the local music scene. With more than six decades of performing experience as a professional musician, Sam travelled all over the globe with his Sax. An Old Thomian, Sam held his own in the music circuit and entertained Sri Lankans all over the world till the very end. In addition to playing the Sax, Sam was a balladeer and had an inimitable style of performing. It will be hard to replace him in the music circuit in Sri Lanka. Sixty years in showbiz as an active singer/saxophonist and Sam the Man has no regrets he chose music for his career and not an academic one. Music had an unexplainable fascination for Sam, the chords coloured his life. No sooner he left college he grabbed the first opportunity that came his way to play sax in the popular swing and dance band of that era- The Manhattans.
"My first booking was with Leonard Franke's band The Manhattans takes me back to 1957 and if I remember right the date was August 2. I was just after college and I had to play the sax, no vocals.
On the request of Tony Fernando in 1964 Sam played for the Jetliners while keeping the Escorts going. It was in 1966 the band ‘Sam the Man’ with a compelling sound of two saxes from Sam and Saybhan, two trumpets – from Neville Peiris and Denzil Lazaraus was started. Others in the band were Jimmy Peck piano, the Schwalie brothers, Dicky- bass, Errol – lead guitar, Maithri Mervyn de Zilva – drums, the female glitz Esme de Silva – vocals and Maurice Balasingham – male vocalist. For extra colour the go go girls – in vogue then – Sandra Barrington, Sherine Peck and Asuntha Herft.
They all made up ‘Sam the Man’ the band that found swift success. Competition was high, it was a common thing for members to move from one band to another. Personnel changed and so Gabo Pieris joined Sam the Man as drummer and Priyanthi Manamperi as vocalist and in the following years by Noeline Mendis (Honter)’.



Play on Sam, we miss you, You will continue to be the Sun that will Shine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uByixpxJvwc

-cnhf/14/7/17

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