I have reached a point in the Tera Shirma
story where things will become a little uncertain.
After Studio B opened it was business as
usual for a year or so and we were constantly planning to
upgrade the studios in various ways. We had plans on adding
a disc lathe room. We wanted to add the equipment needed to
go after the advertising business. I even had an
offer from someone to branch out into the moving picture
However, I had my finger on the pulse of the Detroit music
scene and I didn't like what I was feeling. Harry was in
trouble and it looked like Impact was going to fold. Ollie
In fact, many of the once hot producers were
not getting the hits they once were. I remember telling
Neica Lee one day that if things didn't begin to turn
around, we could
be in trouble.
Then more bad news. Word got out that RCA and Columbia were
closing their Chicago and New York operations and
re-locating to Hollywood.
I got a phone call one day from either Clive
Davis, who was running Columbia at the time, or Jack
Holtzman from Elektra, I don't quite remember which one it
was. It was suggested to me that I consider moving Tera
Shirma to Hollywood. I was told that the major part of the
industry was going to be situated in Hollywood. Up to that
time there was a variety of locations...Detroit, New York
Chicago, Nashville, and Philly.
The thought of re-locating had no appeal to me what so ever.
Studio B was just beginning to roll and I was carrying a lot
of heavy debt. Now I'm being told that I should up-root
everything and start over in California.
I figured I had an ace in the hole. As long
as Motown was in
Detroit, then Detroit would still be an important music
And still the pulse kept getting weaker. I didn't know it
yet, but the health of the once thriving Detroit music scene
was in decline.
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