Thelma Record Company

6519 Grand River [stood on vacant lot]

Grand River is one of Detroit's main thoroughfares and runs north west, away from the river.

I had longed to see the premises of the Thelma Record Company, due to the high number of quality releases that they put on the streets. It was therefore incredibly disappointing to find that it had been reduced to a heap of rubble.

I do know, however, that the building sat adjacent to the one in this photograph and was similar in size and shape.

Again the incredible Don Davis was at the helm working closely with Richard Street, later of the Temptations.  They gained some regional success with Joe Matthews, Martha Starr and Rose Batiste.

Today, a dozen or so of their releases command three figure sums in the U.K., testament indeed to the quality that prevailed.

Approximately twenty blocks up the road were the Correctone/Magic City studios. 

Notes thanks to David Meikle.



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