RIP - Terry Melcher -No WHO

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Mon Nov 22 17:17:39 CST 2004

Producer-Songwriter Terry Melcher Dies
Nov 21, 08:54 AM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Terry Melcher, a record producer and
songwriter who aided the careers of Ry Cooder, the Byrds and the Beach Boys,
has died, his publicist announced Saturday. He was 62.

Melcher, the son of actress Doris Day, died Friday night at his Beverly
Hills home after a long battle with melanoma.

Melcher co-wrote the hit song "Kokomo" for the Beach Boys. The song was used
in the movie "Cocktail" and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988 for
best original song. He also performed on the Beach Boys album "Pet Sounds."

In the early 1960s, Melcher began singing as a solo act and later paired
with future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston to form the group Bruce & Terry. The
pair had several hits, then went on to form the Rip Chords, which recorded
the 1964 hit "Hey, Little Cobra."

In the mid-1960s, Melcher joined Columbia Records as a producer. Working
with the Byrds, he produced their top-selling version of Bob Dylan's "Mr.
Tambourine Man" and other hits, including "Turn, Turn, Turn."

Melcher also produced hit songs for Paul Revere and the Raiders and worked
with Gram Parsons, the Mamas and the Papas, and Ry Cooder.

He served as the executive producer of his mother's CBS show, "The Doris Day
Show," from 1968 to 1972 and co-produced her mid-1980s show, "Doris Day's
Best Friends."

Melcher also helped run his mother's charitable activities, including the
Doris Day Animal Foundation.

In 1969, his name became linked with the grisly Charles Manson murders.

Melcher once rented the home where actress Sharon Tate and a group of her
friends were murdered by Manson followers. Rumors circulated that Melcher,
who knew Manson, was the real target because he had turned Manson down for a
record contract.

Los Angeles police discounted the rumors. Melcher had since moved to Malibu,
and police established that Manson knew of his new address.

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