The Tera Shirma Story
Clay McMurray
Clay in the studio 
(picture courtesy of Clay McMurray)
Clay McMurray as an independent producer who used Tera Shirma often. He was selling insurance during the day and producing records at night.

In fact, I first met Norman Whitfield through Clay. Norman would come in with Clay from time to time. 

When I first took over Ernstrat and changed it to Tera Shirma, Clay took me all over the city to introduce me to the many independent producers. I can't remember how many people he brought me to, but it was quite a few.

Indeed, the eventual success of Tera Shirma can be credited to Clay's early efforts in getting us known.

He would also become a very close and dear friend over the years.

One of my early accounts was Robert Coleman of Thelma records. I think Clay was doing some producing for them.

Mr. and Mrs. Coleman were exceptional people. A quiet dignified couple. So very kind, and interested in what I was trying to do. I think without their business in the early days I may have not survived. They were in the studio often. They would come in and sit quietly in the control room while the session took place. They were known as Mom and Pops. Good title. They were like my parents.

Notes thanks to Ralph Terrana



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