The Tera Shirma Story

 Tera Shirma Studio B
15341 Livernois, Detroit

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.

However, there were no street numbers on the building and I was just standing there hoping and praying that this was indeed the former studio.

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.

Well, 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.

He 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. 

From 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.



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