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Over the years, I got to see firsthand what a true renaissance man he was. He did it all and could hold discourse on all manner of things. In turn, he touched so many folks with his kindness, advice, recommendations, and just plain Terrell-ness that I know I'll be getting e-mails for years to come about something the man did or said that has finally panned out for them. For me, his Terrell-ness also means his ability to pull out a jam that no one else has heard yet. Tom attacked my jadedness with the wonderful, eye-opening sensation that there was still an uncharted future. Brian M. Bacchus, producer/a&r, SoulFeast
It was years into our friendship before I knew that Tom was a photographer, when he told me in an offhand way that the Parliament project at hand could use some new photos and that he just might have something. In he'd walk, wearing beautiful Alain Mikli glasseshow did he find those?and out of an old bag would tumble prints from the old-school gods.
Tom coined a singular music-industry phrase: As someone more than happy to take free goods, he called himself a "promosexual." I still laugh when a visitor grabs a few freebies. I can see Tom, smiling. Harry Weinger, producer, Universal
Ultimately, Tom Terrell always reminded me of Charlie Parker, who was once asked about his religious affiliation and replied: "I am a devout Musician." The same can be said of Tom, too. (And I have no idea whether he ever played a lick on an actual musical instrument.) Tom Terrific was a devout Musician, and he was beloved for his devotion. I have always been proud to call him my friend. Bill Adler, writer/gallerist, Eyejammie
In a life, love defines us. Nothing else. As we define him by the love he gave and received, Terrell was/is a great man. Thank you, Tom, for coming and being with us. Thanks for letting your little light shine, shine, shine. . . . Brandon Ross, musician