A company called Gold Soul Records would
eventually negotiate for and buy Tera Shirma.
Gold Soul was a customer. At the time their
principal act was George Lemons, the son of Mrs. Lemons, the
George was basically a nothing singer who thought he might
be the next David Ruffin, or someone of that stature but he
was a little off the mark.
When the sale went down I remember Ira Jaffe, my attorney
telling me he didn't think they could handle the debt they
just incurred. He would prove to be right. Gold Soul early
on began defaulting in payments and when the time drew near
that they were facing foreclosure, they stole everything
from the studio they could carry.
They didn't take the board and that would
eventually be sold to Danny Dallas at Sound Patterns DXM.
It was during the time of the Gold Soul hassles that I
needed to get a job and soon. From what I remember I had a
couple of offers, but I don't think I was interested.
I do seem to remember Marvin Gaye wanting me
something with him. Road manager or whatever. I'm not sure I
can remember. Marvin and I were not exactly drinking
buddies, but he seemed drawn to me to do certain things for
him, which I was glad to do. We
would call one another periodically and at times he would
ask me to stop over the house to hang with him a while. It
was a quiet kind of friendship. I don't remember why this
particular job didn't happen. I suppose I just didn't feel
like road managing.
Then one day Harry Balk called me. He was offering me a job
to run Motown's studios and do some producing. Good old
Harry. He was always saving my ass. If he wasn't reaching
into his pocket to give me money for
tape, he was offering me a job.
Barely a day goes by that I don't think about Tera Shirma.
Could I have done anything to save it? Fred Saxon would get
on me about moving more into the record business end of it.
I knew he may be right but I couldn't separate myself from
the studio's problems to concentrate on that.
I even wonder at times if it was worth it to
build Studio B. The original plan was to completely re-do
Studio A. If that would have happened the expenses would
certainly have been lower. Studio A didn't get much activity
anyway after B opened.
What else? Who knows? Maybe it just wasn't
meant to be saved. It did it's thing and zap!!
I dream about the place from time to time. In
some of the dreams, the studio looks completely different
and in some the vision is amazingly accurate. In the dream I
am always very excited about re-opening Tera Shirma. And no
matter what dream I'm dreaming, out of the haze somewhere
I always realize I'm dreaming and I'm disappointed.
I would like to thank David and Lowell for the opportunity
to tell the Tera Shirma story. It has been a pleasure
working with both of them and I appreciated the support they
gave me as I went through the story. I'm sure David and I
have e-mailed one another a million times over the course of
Quite frankly, early on I was rather dismayed with the
interest I saw in Tera Shirma. And then I got to
know you guys and would quickly become impressed with the
depth of your knowledge regarding Detroit Soul.
You are an amazing group of people which I am
extremely proud to have gotten acquainted with and I
consider you my new found friends.
This is an amazing place and I'm not going anywhere. I'll be
hanging around contributing what I can. Besides I can't live
anymore without the forum.
And who is John Lester going to take shots
at. I'm his best target.
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