Frantic Ernie Durham's Ballroom was diagonally across from Tera Shirma Studios at 4112 Fenkell. With signage still visible around the building, the ballroom took up the entire upper level.

1968-69 were peak years for Bridges, Knight and Eaton with something like 40 songs finding their way onto disc, all of which were high quality.

Williams was also creating new labels like Aquarius and Criss-Cross so the pressure was constant.

Aquarius appears to have been dedicated to Candace Love who had the bulk of the releases, and most noticeably an instant success with "Uh uh boy that's a no-no" which reached in the Billboard R&B charts in the fall of '69. This was not a BKE song but the flip was; another version of Ruby's 'Wonderful night'.

She would also appear on another Ric Williams' label called Shock. But this time as the mysteriously named, Woman. 

"Candace was a school teacher in Chicago", says Fred, "How she met Ric I don't know. When I stayed in Chicago I would stay at her house. I did a lot of writing there for Candace, The Brothers Of Soul and others.  Sadly she died of kidney failure. She was a very good friend of mine."

Another label called Joy, which was owned by Joe Terrell, featured a song by The 21st called 'The thought of me losing you'. It was a beautiful recording in the Brothers Of Soul mould. The 21st were led by Detroit legend Willie Jones, who had recently been with the Royal Jokers.

Then there was Epic who issued two songs by New York Soulstress, Maxine Brown. Both were recorded in Tera Shirma Studio B after Columbia commissioned Mike Terry to do an album on her.

Brothers Of Soul had to also find time to perform in Detroit's vibrant club scene.

One of the most popular clubs was 'Phelps Lounge' which was up in Oakland on the near-East Side. 

"I could walk to the end of my street and see the lights blinking outside the club. Everybody who came to the city played there and we got our chance too.

The arranger and bandleader, McKinley Jackson, whom we had worked with in the studio, usually backed us at Phelp's. I remember Ruby Andrews opening one of the shows for us. It was quite something.

We used to play the Chit-Chat too, Frantic Ernie's place up on Fenkell and all across town."


Notes thanks to David Meikle.


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