confident, after the minor successes of Rayber, Berry and
Ray decided to reduce their set-up costs by renting a bigger property just around
the corner from Blaine.
rented the bottom part of the two storey building and turned
the back bedroom into a small demo studio. They used a
closet as a sound booth and the toilet as an echo chamber.
launch their first release however, they would need $800 to
pay for studio time, musicians, distribution etc.
being rejected by the Bank of Detroit, Berry decided to
approach his own family. Ber-Berry was a fund set up to help
anyone within the family who may require a loan from time to
time. The family could already see that Berry was showing
potential and as a result the loan was provided without
was January 1959, and the Tamla label was about to
be launched. It's first release, Marv Johnson's 'Come to me',
was recorded at the famous United Sound Studios on Second.
The record was soon picked up by United Artists, and Berry and Ray
knew that their moment was fast approaching.
Jobete Music Publishing Company was also launched that same
Notes thanks to David Meikle