Ter Mar Studios

Ter Mar Studios

Profile:
A Chicago, Illinois recording and mastering studio.

Founded during the 1950s by Chess' founders Phil Chess and Leonard Chess and named after their sons Terry and Marshall Chess. Phil and Leonard held a fifty percent ownership interest in the studio until it was acquired by GRT Corporation in late 1969 as part of a larger deal. Thereafter, the facility operated as a division of the GRT Corporation until GRT's 1979 bankruptcy led to its closure. Throughout this time, the studio—which was housed in the label's building—operated closely with Chess's Chess Producing Corp. and therefore often appears on releases as 'Chess Studios'.

Ron Malo known to have been chief engineer.

Vinyl Mastering Identification:
- Some releases can be identified by a "T.M" hand-etched into the runout grooves.
- Some releases it mastered can also sometimes also be identified by an alpha-numeric 'STM' sequence, e.g., STM 1234, STM 1235, which is eligible for inclusion in the mastered at company number field(s) (for more information, please refer to the Common Runout Groove Etchings topic in the database discussion forum).

Name Variations:
"Ter-Mar Studio"
"Ter Mar Recordings"
"Ter Mar Recording Studio"
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
ca. 1970s:
GRT-Ter Mar Rec'g Studios
320 E. 21st St.
Chicago, IL 60616
USA
(312) 225-2770
(Contact info now obsolete)

ca. 1950s to 1970s:
Ter Mar Recording Studios
2120 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616,
USA
(Contact info now obsolete)
Sites:

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
2ACMJ-401 John Klemmer - Magic Moments John Klemmer Magic Moments (Comp) 2ACMJ-401 US 1976 Sell This Version
2ACMJ-402 Woody Herman - Double Exposure Woody Herman Double Exposure(2xLP, Comp) Chess, Chess 2ACMJ-402 US 1976 Sell This Version
2CA 50022 The Soulful Strings - The Best Of The Soulful Strings The Soulful Strings The Best Of The Soulful Strings (Comp) 2CA 50022 US 1973 Sell This Version
2CA 60017 Jack McDuff* - The Heatin' System Jack McDuff* The Heatin' System (Album) 2CA 60017 US 1972 Sell This Version
2CH 50033 Muddy Waters - Fathers And Sons Muddy Waters Fathers And Sons (Album) 2CH 50033 US 1972 Sell This Version
2CH 60004 Etta James - Peaches Etta James Peaches (Comp) 2CH 60004 US 1971 Sell This Version
2CH-60006 Muddy Waters - McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters (Album, Comp) 2CH-60006 US 1971 Sell This Version
2JLS 3052 Shel Silverstein - Crouchin' On The Outside Shel Silverstein Crouchin' On The Outside (Comp) 2JLS 3052 US 1973 Sell This Version
2XS 6009 Fleetwood Mac Featuring Otis Spann / Willie Dixon / Shakey Horton* / Guitar Buddy* / J.T. Brown / Honeyboy Edwards* / S.P. Leary - Fleetwood Mac In Chicago Fleetwood Mac Featuring Otis Spann / Willie Dixon / Shakey Horton* / Guitar Buddy* / J.T. Brown / Honeyboy Edwards* / S.P. Leary Fleetwood Mac Featuring Otis Spann / Willie Dixon / Shakey Horton* / Guitar Buddy* / J.T. Brown / Honeyboy Edwards* / S.P. Leary - Fleetwood Mac In Chicago (Album) 2XS 6009 US 1975 Sell This Version
30 CV 1401 Chuck Berry - Back Home Chuck Berry Back Home(LP, Album, RE) Musidisc 30 CV 1401 France 1977 Sell This Version
59 The Infernos (3) - In My Diary / False Alarm The Infernos (3) In My Diary / False Alarm(7") Clifton Records 59 US 1980 Sell This Version
102 Timmy Shaw - Throw It Out Of Your Mind / A Letter From My Baby Timmy Shaw Throw It Out Of Your Mind / A Letter From My Baby(7", Single) Reel Records (4) 102 US 1961 Sell This Version
103 Twiliters* - Back To School / Love Bandit Twiliters* Back To School / Love Bandit(7") Nix Records 103 US 1961 Sell This Version
159 Orchids* - Newly Weds / You're Everything To Me Orchids* Newly Weds / You're Everything To Me (7", Single, RE) Lost Nite Records 159 US Unknown Sell This Version
0179 Howlin' Wolf - Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf (Album) 0179 US 1962 Sell This Version
195J-53 Roland Kirk - Domino Roland Kirk Domino(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 195J-53 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
219 Joe Stampley & The Uniques (2) - Not Too Long Ago / Fast Way Of Living Joe Stampley & The Uniques (2) Joe Stampley & The Uniques (2) - Not Too Long Ago / Fast Way Of Living(7", Single) Paula Records 219 US 1965 Sell This Version
0234 Various - Murray The K's Gassers For Submarine Race Watchers Various Murray The K's Gassers For Submarine Race Watchers (Comp) 0234 US 1962 Sell This Version
410 J.B. Lenoir - Natural Man J.B. Lenoir Natural Man(LP, Album, Comp) Chess, Chess 410 US 1970 Sell This Version
418 E. Rodney Jones - R & B Time E. Rodney Jones R & B Time(7") Tuff 418 US 1965 Sell This Version
671 The Drifters - The Struggler The Drifters The Struggler(7") Steeltown 671 US 1973 Sell This Version
729 Jimmy Grissom - World Of Trouble Jimmy Grissom World Of Trouble (Album) 729 US 1963 Sell This Version
735 Willie Mabon - Just Got Some / That's No Big Thing Willie Mabon Just Got Some / That's No Big Thing(7") USA Records (2) 735 US 1963 Sell This Version
739 'Baby Face' Willette - Mo' Rock 'Baby Face' Willette Mo' Rock(LP, Album, Mono) Argo (6) 739 US 1964 Sell This Version
762 The Interpreters (3) - The Knack The Interpreters (3) The Knack(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Cadet, Cadet, Cadet 762 US 1965 Sell This Version
764 Elmo James* / Elmer James* - Dust My Broom Elmo James* / Elmer James* Elmo James* / Elmer James* - Dust My Broom(7") Jewel Records (3) 764 US 1965 Sell This Version
770 Sonny Stitt & Bunky Green - Soul In The Night Sonny Stitt & Bunky Green Sonny Stitt & Bunky Green - Soul In The Night(LP, Album) Cadet, Cadet 770 US 1966 Sell This Version
794 Roman Carter - Queen Bee / There's Trouble Brewin' Roman Carter Queen Bee / There's Trouble Brewin' (7", Promo) Jewel Records (3) 794 US 1968 Sell This Version
814 Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley / I'm A Man Bo Diddley Bo Diddley / I'm A Man(7", Single, RE) Checker 814 US Unknown Sell This Version
0840 Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits Chuck Berry Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits (Comp) 0840 US 1964 Sell This Version
844 Buckinghams* - I'll Go Crazy / Don't Want To Cry Buckinghams* I'll Go Crazy / Don't Want To Cry(7", Single) USA Records (2) 844 US 1966 Sell This Version
860 The Buckinghams - Kind Of A Drag / You Make Me Feel So Good The Buckinghams Kind Of A Drag / You Make Me Feel So Good (Single) 860 US 1966 Sell This Version
860 Bo-Diddley* - Hey! Bo-Diddley / Mona Bo-Diddley* Hey! Bo-Diddley / Mona(7", Single) Checker 860 US Unknown Sell This Version
909 Hermie - Hermie's Prayer Hermie Hermie's Prayer(7", Single) USA Records (2) 909 US 1968 Sell This Version
963 Sonny Boy Williamson (2) - Trust My Baby Sonny Boy Williamson (2) Trust My Baby(7", Promo) Checker 963 US 1960 Sell This Version
966 The Bells Of Joy* - What A Fellowship / I Found Another Soldier The Bells Of Joy* What A Fellowship / I Found Another Soldier(7", Single) Checker 966 US Unknown Sell This Version
968S-1516 The Wild Things* - I'm Not For You / Love Comes, Love Goes The Wild Things* I'm Not For You / Love Comes, Love Goes(7", Single) Showboat (3) 968S-1516 US 1966 Sell This Version
988 Guitar Red (3) - Just You And I / Old Fashioned Love Guitar Red (3) Just You And I / Old Fashioned Love(7") Checker 988 US 1961 Sell This Version
991 Little Mack* - Don't Leave Me Now Little Mack* Don't Leave Me Now(Acetate, 7", S/Sided, Ter) Checker 991 US 1961 Sell This Version
993 Windy City Four* - Lord Send Me / Deep River Windy City Four* Lord Send Me / Deep River(7", Single) Checker 993 US 1961 Sell This Version
1012 The Seminoles - It Takes A Lot / I Can't Stand It The Seminoles It Takes A Lot / I Can't Stand It(7", Single) Check-Mate 1012 US 1962 Sell This Version
1013 Little Walter - Just Your Fool / I Got To Find My Baby Little Walter Just Your Fool / I Got To Find My Baby(7") Checker 1013 US 1962 Sell This Version
1014 Mitty Collier - I Had A Talk With My Man / Free Girl (In The Morning) Mitty Collier I Had A Talk With My Man / Free Girl (In The Morning)(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Chess 1014 US 1964 Sell This Version
1015 Tennyson Stephens - Love is Blind Tennyson Stephens Love is Blind(7", Single) Aries 1015 US Unknown Sell This Version
1019 Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover / I Can Tell Bo Diddley You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover / I Can Tell(7", Single) Checker 1019 US 1962 Sell This Version
1024 Steve Alaimo - Cry Myself To Sleep / One Good Reason Steve Alaimo Cry Myself To Sleep / One Good Reason(7", Single, Promo, Mon) Checker 1024 US 1962 Sell This Version
1024 Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love) / Hold My Own Baby Johnny Sayles I Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love) / Hold My Own Baby(7", Single) St. Lawrence Records 1024 US 1967 Sell This Version
1034 Tony Adams (8) - Take Me As I Am / The Blues Don't Like Nobody Tony Adams (8) Take Me As I Am / The Blues Don't Like Nobody (Single) 1034 US 1963 Sell This Version
1039 The Four Jewels* - Loaded With Goodies The Four Jewels* Loaded With Goodies(7", Single) Checker, Start Records (14) 1039 US 1963 Sell This Version
1043 Little Walter - Up The Line Little Walter Up The Line(7", Promo) Checker 1043 US 1963 Sell This Version
1078 Little Milton - What Kind Of Love Is This / Sacrifice Little Milton What Kind Of Love Is This / Sacrifice(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Checker 1078 US 1964 Sell This Version
1081 Little Walter - I'm A Business Man Little Walter I'm A Business Man 1081 US 1964 Sell This Version
1082 Sugar Pie Desanto - Soulful Dress / Use What You Got Sugar Pie Desanto Soulful Dress / Use What You Got(7", Single) Checker 1082 US 1964 Sell This Version
1092 Ko Ko Taylor* - I Got What It Takes / What Kind Of Man Is This Ko Ko Taylor* I Got What It Takes / What Kind Of Man Is This(7", Single) Checker 1092 US 1964 Sell This Version
1097 Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure With Oliver Sain And Orchestra* / Oliver Sain - Don't Mess Up A Good Thing / Jerk Loose Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure With Oliver Sain And Orchestra* / Oliver Sain Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure With Oliver Sain And Orchestra* / Oliver Sain - Don't Mess Up A Good Thing / Jerk Loose(7", Single, Mon) Checker 1097 US 1965 Sell This Version
1109 Sugar Pie DeSanto - Jump In My Chest / Mama Didn't Raise No Fools Sugar Pie DeSanto Jump In My Chest / Mama Didn't Raise No Fools(7") Checker 1109 US 1965 Sell This Version
1131 Fontella Bass - Recovery Fontella Bass Recovery(7", Promo) Checker 1131 US 1965 Sell This Version
1134 Sonny Boy Williamson (2) - Bring It On Home Sonny Boy Williamson (2) Bring It On Home(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Checker 1134 US 1966 Sell This Version
1135 Ko Ko Taylor* - Wang Dang Doodle / Blues Heaven Ko Ko Taylor* Wang Dang Doodle / Blues Heaven(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Checker 1135 US 1966 Sell This Version
1137 Fontella Bass - I Surrender / I Can't Rest Fontella Bass I Surrender / I Can't Rest (Single) 1137 US 1966 Sell This Version
1158 Bo Diddley - Ooh Baby / Back To School Bo Diddley Ooh Baby / Back To School(7", Single) Checker 1158 US 1966 Sell This Version
1160 Sugar Pie DeSanto - Good Timin' / Go Go Power Sugar Pie DeSanto Good Timin' / Go Go Power(7") Checker 1160 US 1966 Sell This Version
1168 Bo Diddley - Wrecking My Love Life / Boo Ga Loo Before You Go Bo Diddley Wrecking My Love Life / Boo Ga Loo Before You Go(7", Single) Checker 1168 US 1967 Sell This Version
1215 Eve Barnum - Please Newsboy / We Go Together Eve Barnum Please Newsboy / We Go Together(7", Single) Checker 1215 US 1969 Sell This Version
1220 Gene Chandler - In My Body's House Gene Chandler In My Body's House (Single) 1220 US 1969 Sell This Version
1266 Little Milton - We're Gonna Make It / Can't Hold Back The Tears Little Milton We're Gonna Make It / Can't Hold Back The Tears(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Checker 1266 US 1965 Sell This Version
1278 Chuck Berry - Dear Dad Chuck Berry Dear Dad(7", Single, Mono) Chess 1278 US 1965 Sell This Version
1320 Little Milton - Who's Cheating Who? Little Milton Who's Cheating Who? (7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Checker 1320 US 1965 Sell This Version
1466 Clarence Ashe - Dancing In A Dream World / Trouble I've Had Clarence Ashe Dancing In A Dream World / Trouble I've Had(7") J & S Records 1466 US 1964 Sell This Version
1509 Muddy Waters - All Night Long / Country Boy Muddy Waters All Night Long / Country Boy(7", Single) Chess 1509 US Unknown Sell This Version
1571 Chuck Berry - Ramona, Say Yes / Havana Moon Chuck Berry Ramona, Say Yes / Havana Moon(7", Single) Chess 1571 US 1966 Sell This Version
1591 The Hawketts - Mardi Gras Mambo / Your Time's Up The Hawketts Mardi Gras Mambo / Your Time's Up(7") Chess 1591 US Unknown Sell This Version
1765 Muddy Waters - Meanest Woman / Tiger In Your Tank Muddy Waters Meanest Woman / Tiger In Your Tank(7", Single, Promo) Chess 1765 US 1960 Sell This Version
1806 Lucky Clark - Let Me Be The Fool Lucky Clark Let Me Be The Fool(7", Promo) Chess 1806 US 1961 Sell This Version
1819 Muddy Waters - Tough Times / Going Home Muddy Waters Tough Times / Going Home(7") Chess 1819 US 1962 Sell This Version
1820 Billy Stewart - Reap What You Sow / Fat Boy Billy Stewart Reap What You Sow / Fat Boy(7", Single) Chess 1820 US 1962 Sell This Version
1842 Dave Dave "Baby" Cortez Tweedlee Dee(7", Single) Chess 1842 US 1962 Sell This Version
1850 Dave Dave "Baby" Cortez Hot Cakes!(7", Single) Chess 1850 US 1963 Sell This Version
1858 J.C. Davis - Sweet Sweet Love / Monkey J.C. Davis Sweet Sweet Love / Monkey(7") Chess 1858 US 1963 Sell This Version
1879 Nick Noble - Main Theme From The Cardinal (Stay With Me) Nick Noble Main Theme From The Cardinal (Stay With Me)(7", Single) Chess 1879 US 1963 Sell This Version
1883 Chuck Berry - Nadine (Is It You?) Chuck Berry Nadine (Is It You?)(7", Single, Bla) Chess 1883 US 1964 Sell This Version
1888 Billy Stewart - Count Me Out / A Fat Boy Can Cry Billy Stewart Count Me Out / A Fat Boy Can Cry(7", Single) Chess 1888 US 1964 Sell This Version
1894 Tony Clarke (2) - Ain't Love Good - Ain't Love Proud Tony Clarke (2) Ain't Love Good - Ain't Love Proud(7", Single, Promo) Chess 1894 US 1964 Sell This Version
1903 Jackie Ross - Selfish One / Everything But Love Jackie Ross Selfish One / Everything But Love(7", Single) Chess 1903 US 1964 Sell This Version
1914 Muddy Waters - My John The Conquer Root / Short Dress Woman Muddy Waters My John The Conquer Root / Short Dress Woman(7", Promo) Chess 1914 US 1964 Sell This Version
1916 Chuck Berry - Promised Land Chuck Berry Promised Land (Single) 1916 US 1964 Sell This Version
1922 Billy Stewart - Keep Loving / I Do Love You Billy Stewart Keep Loving / I Do Love You(7", Single, Promo) Chess 1922 US 1965 Sell This Version
1924 Tony Clarke (2) - The Entertainer Tony Clarke (2) The Entertainer(7", Single) Chess 1924 US 1965 Sell This Version
1925 Radiants* - It Ain't No Big Thing Radiants* It Ain't No Big Thing(7", Single) Chess 1925 US 1965 Sell This Version
1937 Muddy Waters - My Dog Can't Bark / I Got A Rich Man's Woman Muddy Waters My Dog Can't Bark / I Got A Rich Man's Woman(7") Chess 1937 US 1965 Sell This Version
1973 Muddy Waters - Corine, Corina / Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters Corine, Corina / Hoochie Coochie Man(7", Single) Chess 1973 US Unknown Sell This Version
1975 Jan Bradley - Just A Summer Memory / He'll Wait On Me Jan Bradley Just A Summer Memory / He'll Wait On Me(7", Single) Chess 1975 US 1966 Sell This Version
1977 The Valentinos* - Sweeter Than The Day Before The Valentinos* Sweeter Than The Day Before(7") Chess 1977 US 1966 Sell This Version
1978 Billy Stewart - Secret Love / Look Back And Smile Billy Stewart Secret Love / Look Back And Smile (Single) 1978 US 1966 Sell This Version
1985 Barbra Carr* - Shake Your Head Barbra Carr* Shake Your Head(7", S/Sided, Single, Promo) Chess 1985 US 1966 Sell This Version
2002 Daylighters* - Cool Breeze / Baby I Love You Daylighters* Cool Breeze (Single) 2002 US 1962 Sell This Version
2013 Laura Lee - Dirty Man / It's Mighty Hard Laura Lee Dirty Man / It's Mighty Hard(7", Single, Promo) Chess 2013 US 1967 Sell This Version
2031 Jo Ann Garrett Thousand Miles Away / Just Say When(7", Single, Mon) Chess 2031 US 1967 Sell This Version
2036 Irma Thomas - Good To Me / We Got Something Good Irma Thomas Good To Me / We Got Something Good(7", Promo) Chess 2036 US 1968 Sell This Version
2037 Radiants* - I'm Glad I'm The Loser / Hold On Radiants* I'm Glad I'm The Loser / Hold On(7", Single) Chess 2037 US 1968 Sell This Version