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Nihal Samarasinghe, popularly known as “SAM THE MAN” no more!

Posted on 12 July 2017 by admin

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).

Below is a news item that appeared in the Sunday Times recently:

Since lately ‘Sam The Man’ considered by many as the ‘King’ of the Sing Along will go into action on Saturday 30 April when he takes full control of the U.K. Society Sing Along at the BMICH. He is also billed to conduct the Y.W.C.A. ‘Sing Along’ on 20 August, when the Y.W.C.A. celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year.

During one of his performances in London, UK, Sam had the opportunity of attending a
Sing Along conducted by Max Bygrves at the Royal Albert Hall in London and thereafter John McSweeney in Melbourne – Australia. Having mastered the art of the Sing- Along, Sam introduced the first Sing Along Concert in Sri Lanka in the year 1997 together with the Y’s men of Sri Lanka.

‘Y’s Men Sing –Along’, held at the Galle Face Hotel, was a resounding success. Since then Sam has conducted over a 100 major Sing Along concerts. The secret of his success is that he has a team of very experienced senior musicians who too have mastered the correct art of producing a proper Sing Along – an essential ingredient being the band should play it soft so the audience can be heard.

Sam’s team comprises Herman (Roili) Andrews on drums and vocals, Thushara Silva on keyboards and vocals, Dharshana Mawalage on Bass and vocals and Ryle Hanwellege on lead and vocals. 
‘They combine extremely well and I am really happy with the team. We can produce a Sing- Along of international standard’ said Sam.

‘Sam The Man’ performs at the Kosgoda Beach Hotel very Wednesday and Fridays at the Serendib Hotel in Bentota. Saturdays the boys will be at the Blue Water in Wadduwa, Sundays at the Harbour Room of the Grand Oriental Hotel in Colombo and every first Monday at the Terrace of the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

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