The Tera Shirma Story
Teenage Years

The Glo-Worms circa 1954 
(L to R front) Fred Saxon, Donny Kneble, Russ Terrana, Ralph Terrana at the rear, comedian Soupy Sales
(picture courtesy Ralph Terrana)

My introduction to the music business was via a band formed by Fred Saxon, my brother Russ and myself when we were just eleven years old. 

We had all been brought up in North West Detroit, on Shaftsbury, and went to the same school.

Our early musical experience would be gleaned from playing for the military at USO shows.

In fact, some of our best music lessons came from playing these packaged shows, which were called units, a unit consisting of singers, dancers and a comedian. We belonged to unit 6. It was great experience for a young band.

As our performances improved, we began to get the occasional job as the entertainment for  lodge banquets and weddings, playing just about every ethnic wedding imaginable. 

When the time came for the group to have a name, Russ suggested The Glo-Worms.

Well, we were so what the hell.

Notes thanks to Ralph Terrana



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