The Tera Shirma Story
The Bands 

The music scene in sixties Detroit was wide open.
It should be mentioned that besides the standard R&B sessions being recorded at Tera Shirma, there was also a very large number of bands coming through the studios. 

Groups such as Funkadelic, SRC, The MC5, Frigid Pink, Rare Earth, Teagarden and Van Winkle, Bob Babbitt's Scorpion,  Mandala, The Human Beings, Heads Over Heels, Mitch Ryder....etc.

The Funkadelic sessions were wild. Like one big musical party. They would set up over the entire studio and George Clinton would direct the whole thing. It was almost like a stage act.

When John Rhys first brought in the SRC, this also seemed to usher in a new way of recording bands. It was the first time I had ever seen roadies hauling in all the equipment and setting everything up. They also, like Funkadelic, took over the entire studio floor space.

The MC5 did the infamous Kick Out The Jams Motherf...ers. When they were doing the vocals even my music business jaded ears perked up and I said.." They said what???!!! "
Here is a band that cooked it's own goose. Because of the language content, JL Hudson Co. refused to carry the MC5 record. The band in a naive fit of anger took out a full page ad in an underground newspaper that simply said...F>>K HUDSONS!!

TSK TSK guys...Hudsons was a major outlet for record sales in those days. To salvage any lost prestige with Hudsons the record company (I believe it was Atlantic) terminated the groups contract. In all fairness, there was a second version where they said Kick Out The Jams Brothers and Sisters instead of MFers. I don't know if that was done
before or after the fact though.

Mike Valvano would record House of the Rising Sun with Frigid pink. Poor Mike. He sweat bullets getting anything out of this band that, at that time anyway, did not have a lot of experience. I thought he was crazy to re-do Rising Sun. The thing had just been a hit a few years before with
The Animals. I don't know how he did it, but Mike made a very big record with that song. Strange things do happen from time to time.

At any rate I thought it was important to mention the bands in the Tera Shirma story.

Notes thanks to Ralph Terrana



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