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Album cover for Melcher's eponymous album (1974)

Terry Melcher (February 8, 1942November 19, 2004) was an American musician and record producer. Album cover. ... Album cover. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ...

Melcher was born Terry Jorden in New York City to trombonist Al Jorden and his wife, singer/actress Doris Day. Day was only 17 years old when she gave birth to Terry. Before Terry's birth, Day was planning to leave the abusive and violent Al Jorden. Jorden was outraged when after he found out about her pregnancy, and demanded Day get an abortion. Doris refused and in turn, Jorden physically abused Day throughout her entire pregnancy. Shortly after Terry's birth, Day filed for divorce, left Terry with her mother in Ohio and went back to touring with big band leader Les Brown. After the divorce, Terry's father failed to visit his son on a regular basis and had little presence in his life. Al Jorden would ultimately commit suicide years later. [1] New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A trombonist is a musician who plays the trombone. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1924)[1] is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Greater Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... Les Brown, Sr. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...

Doris' career led her to Hollywood where she appeared on local radio shows. After marrying and divorcing her second husband, saxophonist George Weidler, Day met and married Martin Melcher. Martin would become Doris' manager and go on to produce many of her movies. Although Terry and Martin disliked each other intensely, Martin adopted Terry giving the boy his surname.[2]After Martin's death in 1968, it was discovered that he had mismanaged or embezzled $20 million of Doris Day's money.[3] Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... A family name, or surname, is that part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ...

In the early 1960s, Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston formed the vocal duet Bruce & Terry. The duo had hits like Custom Machine and Summer Means Fun. Melcher and Johnston also created another band together, The Rip Chords, that had a Top 10 hit Hey, Little Cobra. Later, Bruce Johnston would join The Beach Boys. By the mid-60s, Melcher had joined the staff of Columbia Records and went on to work with The Byrds. He produced their song, Turn, Turn, Turn, and helped them to produce their remake of Bob Dylan's, Mr. Tambourine Man. Due to conflicts with the band, Melcher was replaced. He later worked with Paul Revere and the Raiders, Wayne Newton, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, and The Mamas & The Papas. Melcher was instrumental in signing another near-legendary L.A. band, the Rising Sons led by Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.[4] Melcher also performed on the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds, as a background vocalist, and introduced Brian Wilson to Van Dyke Parks in February of 1966, beginning their partnership on the ill-fated SMiLE project.[5] He was also a board member of the Monterey Pop Foundation and a producer of the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... Turn, Turn, Turn is a song written by Pete Seeger and popularized circa 1965 in a 45 rpm single by The Byrds(It was also the title and first track of their second LP). ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Mr. ... Paul Revere & the Raiders is an American rock band that saw enormous mainstream success in the 1960s, best-known for hits like Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian), Steppin Out, Kicks, and Hungry. In the 1980s, the band became a major source of inspiration for the Paisley... Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942, in Roanoke, Virginia) is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Charles Eugene Patrick Pat Boone (born June 1, 1934) is a singer whose smooth style made him a popular performer of the 1950s. ... For the Scottish broadcaster, see Glenn Campbell (broadcaster). ... The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mamas and the Papas on the debut album cover) were a leading vocal group of the 1960s. ... Rising Son is a UK hip-hop artist, best known for appearing on the track Thiefs Theme on the UK version of Nass double album Streets Disciple. He won the opportunity to do this after winning a competition held by Sony Records, beating off over 5000 other... Taj Mahal Location of the Taj Mahal within India The Taj Mahal (Devanagari: ताज महल, Nastaliq: تاج محل) is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. ... Ryland Ry Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. ... Pet Sounds is a 1966 album recorded by American pop group the Beach Boys. ... For other persons named Brian Wilson, see Brian Wilson (disambiguation). ... Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943) is an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer, and actor. ... For other uses, see Smile (disambiguation). ... Poster promoting the festival The Monterey International Pop Music Festival took place from June 16 to June 18, 1967. ...

In 1968, Beach Boy Dennis Wilson's introduced Melcher to ex-con and aspiring musician Charles Manson. Manson and his "family" had been living in Wilson's house after Dennis had picked up two girls from the "family" hitchhiking. Wilson expressed interest in Manson's music and even recorded two of Manson's songs with The Beach Boys. For a time, Melcher was interested in recording Manson's music, as well as making a movie about the "family". During that time, Manson met Melcher at 10050 Cielo Drive, the home Terry shared with his girlfriend, Candice Bergen, on different occasions. Manson eventually auditioned for Melcher, but Melcher declined to sign him. There was still talk of a documentary being made about Manson's music, but Melcher abandoned the project after witnessing his subject becoming embroiled in a terrifying fight with a drunken stuntman at Spahn Ranch.[3] Both Wilson and Melcher severed their ties with Manson, a move that angered Manson.[6] This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) is a career criminal who led the Manson Family, a commune or cult that began to form around him in the U.S. city of San Francisco in 1967. ... Built in 1944 by French actress Michele Morgan, 10050 Cielo Drive was sited on 3 acres (12,000 m²) of land, high above Los Angeles with views of Sunset Boulevard and the Ocean. ... Candice Patricia Bergen (born May 9, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American actress and former fashion model, primarily for her roles in sitcoms and television. ... The Spahn Ranch is a a 500 acre ranch at 1200 Santa Susana Pass Road in the Santa Susana Mountains. ...

In 1969 Melcher was in the middle of producing Jimmy Boyd for A&M Records. Herb Alpert had visited a recording studio when Melcher and Boyd were recording a session for Vee-Jay Records. Vee-Jay Records was the first record company to release The Beatles records in the USA, then lost a major law suit over the rights to the Beatles with Capitol Records and went bankrupt. The record never got released. Herb Alpert was impressed enough to invite Melcher to produce Boyd for A&M Records. After the initial tracks were recorded the Manson murders took place, Melcher went into seclusion and the session was never completed. Jimmy Boyd (born January 9, 1939) is an American singer, musician, and actor. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... Herbert Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician most associated with the group variously known as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass or as Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass or just TJB for short - a now-defunct brass band of which he was the... Vee-Jay Records was a record label, specializing in blues, rhythm and blues and rock and roll. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the...

After severing ties with Manson, Terry and Candice moved out of the Cielo Drive home. The house was then leased to director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate. Manson continued to turn up at the house looking for Melcher. On at least one occasion, Manson was informed that Melcher had moved.[3] On August 9, 1969, the house that was once occupied by Melcher was the site of the brutal murders of Sharon Tate (who was eight months pregnant at the time), coffee heiress Abigail Folger (known as Gibby to her friends), hairdresser Jay Sebring, writer Voytek Frykowski, and Steven Parent, by members of Manson's "family". Roman Polański (born August 18, 1933) is an Academy Award-winning film director, writer, actor, and producer. ... Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was a Golden Globe-nominated American actress. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Abigail Anne Folger (August 11, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American coffee heiress, debutante, socialite, volunteer social worker, civil rights devotee and member of the prominent United States Folger family. ... Jay Sebring (October 10, 1933 – August 9, 1969) was a successful international American hair stylist to American celebrities. ... Wojciech Frykowski (December 22, 1936 - August 9, 1969) was a Polish born writer who was murdered in the home of Roman Polanski by members of the Charles Manson Family. His name is frequently misspelled Voytek Frykowski. ... Steven Earl Parent (February 12, 1951 - August 9, 1969) was a victim of the Charles Manson murders. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...

After Manson was arrested, it was widely reported that he had sent his followers to the house to kill Melcher. Manson "family" member Susan Atkins, who admitted her part in the murders, stated to police and before a Grand Jury that the house was chosen as the scene for the murders, "to instill fear into Terry Melcher because Terry had given us his word on a few things and never came through with them".[3] The police discounted this theory after learning that Manson knew that Melcher no longer lived there. In this aim, the Manson Family was quite successful. Melcher took to employing a bodyguard and he told prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi that his fear was so great, he had been undergoing psychiatric treatment. Melcher was the most frightened of the witnesses at the trial, even though Bugliosi assured him that, "Manson knew you were no longer living there".[3] Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) is a career criminal who led the Manson Family, a commune or cult that began to form around him in the U.S. city of San Francisco in 1967. ... Susan Atkins during the trial. ... In the American common law legal system, a grand jury is a type of jury which determines if there is enough evidence for a trial. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Vincent Bugliosi (born August 18, 1934 in Hibbing, Minnesota) is an American attorney and author, best known for prosecuting Charles Manson and other defendants accused of the Tate-LaBianca murders. ...

In the 1970s, Melcher again became a producer for the Byrds, but the results were not well received; one critic referred to the album Byrdmaniax as "Melcher's Folly". During this time, he also dabbled in real estate and served as the executive producer on his mother's CBS series, The Doris Day Show. He later recorded two solo albums titled, Terry Melcher and Royal Flush. In 1985, Terry co-produced the cable show, Doris Day's Best Friends, and worked as the director and vice president of the Doris Day Animal Foundation. He and his mother, to whom he remained extremely close throughout his life, also co-owned the Cypress Inn, a small hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.[5] Byrdmaniax is an album by American band The Byrds, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... The Doris Day Show is an 128-episode American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 1968 until September 1973. ... “Carmel, California” redirects here. ...

In 1988, Melcher earned a Golden Globe nomination for co-writing the song Kokomo with The Beach Boys. The song was featured in the 1988 Tom Cruise film, Cocktail, and rose to number one on the pop charts that year.[5] The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Kokomo was a song penned by Mike Love, Scott McKenzie, Terry Melcher, and John Phillips and recorded by The Beach Boys in 1988. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... Cocktail movie poster Cocktail was a hit movie released by Touchstone Pictures in 1988. ...

On November 19, 2004, Terry Melcher died at his home after a long battle with melanoma. He was 62 years old.[7] is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes which are found predominantly in skin but also in the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). ...


  1. ^ http://www.simplydoris.com/bio.html
  2. ^ http://noted.blogs.com/westcoastmusic/2004/11/terry_melcher_d.html
  3. ^ a b c d e http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/11/23/db2301.xml
  4. ^ http://noted.blogs.com/westcoastmusic/2004/11/terry_melcher_d.html
  5. ^ a b c http://www.blogofdeath.com/archives/001235.html
  6. ^ http://www.cielodrive.com/family/manson/index.html
  7. ^ http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead.nsf/mnames-nf/Melcher+Terry

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Terry Melcher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (582 words)
Terry Melcher (February 8, 1942 – November 19, 2004) was an American musician and record producer.
Melcher got his start during the surf rock craze and became a producer at Columbia Records, where he recorded singles as Terry Day.
Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi described Melcher as the most frightened of the trial witnesses, although Bugliosi told him numerous times that he was not the intended victim.
Telegraph | News | Terry Melcher (1004 words)
Terry Melcher, who died on Friday aged 62, was a singer, songwriter and highly sought-after record producer for the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and many others.
Terry's parents soon separated, whereupon Doris Day resumed her singing career and jumped into a second marriage to George Weidler, one of the Blue Devils with whom she had toured North America aged 16 (they were known as The Milkshake Band on account of their "no booze or dope" policy).
Melcher abandoned the project after witnessing his subject becoming embroiled in a terrifying fight with a drunken stuntman at the ranch to which Manson and his "Family" had repaired after being turfed out of Wilson's house.
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