For the love of Terry
Wonderful musical evening I recently attended at the Gainsborough Hotel, Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
I have always been a great admirer of Terry Rice Milton. His songs with Cupid’s Inspiration in 1968, “Yesterday Has Gone” and “My World” are, in my opinion, two of the most powerful & memorable songs ever recorded. Without doubt Terry should have gone on to become a major star with his unique, powerful and soulful voice and it will always be a mystery to me as to why he didn’t. (Poor management?)
I eagerly went along to The Gainsborough when I heard Terry was performing there with Billie Davis and Ray Lewis of The Drifters.
Billie Davis made a grand entrance and looked every inch the starand she had a captivated audience as she belted out her classics hit records. I want you to be my baby sounded as good now as it did back in the ’60s and it certainly got the audience on its feet. Billie’s voice is as good as ever and she performed with sheer class and professionalism. I have always said that fame can be short lived but class is forever!
Terry then took to the stage and immediately showed what a truly great performer he is. His stage presence and awesome voice are both undeniable and remarkable, and we could all immediately see what a great talent he is. He commanded the stage with ease and when he belted out Yesterday Has Gone… memories of my youth in 1968 came flooding back. That song (and it’s very true and meaningful words) has been part of my life for 45 years and I have an original Disc & Music Echo paper from 1968 with Cupids Inspiration in glorious colour on the front page, when the song was No.5 in the charts!
We were all riveted by Terry’s dynamic and non-stop – all action performance, from ballads to rockand pop! …. you name it … this guy can sing it!
At the end of his act, Terry was kind enough to spend a good hour with us and, of course, the topic of our conversation was the music Terry had recorded over the years. I now have a new list of songs recorded by Terry that I am collecting from Ebay etc. The recordings on the Bell/Pye/Nems labels etc., all go to show what a talent Terry was, and still is.
To make the night even more memorable, Terry signed the front page of my copy of the Disc & Music Echo and told us the story of where the photo of the group was taken, etc.
The night was rounded off with a faultless performance by Ray Lewis. With such a memorable catalogue of songs from The Drifters repertoire, Ray just sang hit after hit with that golden voice, and the audience was on the dance floor enjoying every minute. Ray certainly knows how to get audience involvement and everyone was captivated by his looks and charisma… especially the ladies! – A sheer professional and effortless performance from Ray which left the adoring audience wanting more.
This was an unforgettable evening by three great artists who have mastered their trade over many years. Their class was there for all to see, and all those who did see witnessed a very memorable night.
From a personal point of view, to see Terry Rice-Milton singing live, and to meet him later, was a magical and unforgettable experience…Yesterday is back! Thanks Terry.
Martin Hunt, via email