Tera Shirma is one of those
magical names which conjures up all sort of wonderful images
in the minds of the most avid of Northern Soul fans.
For me, I just had to seek it
out, and I vividly recall the moment I that I stood on
Livernois at Fenkell, taking this photograph in December 1999.
were no street numbers on the building and I was just
standing there hoping and praying that this was indeed the
Almost two years on, I
received an e-mail from one Ralph Terrana. Here was the guy who owned the
studio, on-line, and surely about to take me to task.
I'm glad to say it's been quite the opposite and Ralph soon opened up his heart and soul
to me as
he recalled with fondness his time in sixties Detroit, one
of the most vibrant arenas in the history of popular music.
would also confirm that the
building in the foreground of this photograph was in fact Studio B and that the gas station
at the corner was the former site of Studio A.
now on in it's Ralph's words, and I hope you enjoy his story as much as I did.
Notes thanks to David Meikle.