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
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
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