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Record producer, musician

Terry Melcher is ...

Born 8 Feb 1942 in New York City
Died 19 Nov 2004 in Beverly Hills
Age62 years, 9 months
Causeskin cancer
Terry Melcher
Terry Melcher
Photo of producer Terry Melcher (left) in the recording studio with the Byrds Gene Clark (center) and David Crosby (right) listening to a take. Given the date of the photo, they were probably working on the Turn, Turn, Turn album when the photo was taken. This newspaper was produced for KRLA Radio, Los Angeles, in the mid 1960s.

About Terry Melcher

Terrence P. "Terry" Melcher (born Terrence P. Jorden, February 8, 1942 – November 19, 2004) was an American musician and record producer who was instrumental in shaping the California Sound and American West Coast rock music, particularly during the nascent counterculture era. Melcher is also known for his involvement with murder-conspirator Charles Manson, being one of the targets of the Manson Family during the late 1960s. He was the only child of actress/singer Doris Day; his father was Day's first husband Al Jorden. Melcher's major contributions were producing the Byrds' first two albums Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) and Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965), as well as most of the hit recordings of Paul Revere & the Raiders and Gentle Soul. In the 1960s, Melcher was acquainted with the Beach Boys, helping connect Brian Wilson to Smile lyricist Van Dyke Parks. Melcher later produced several singles for the Beach Boys between the 1980s and the 1990s, including "Kokomo" (1988), which topped US record charts.


On November 19, 2004, Terry Melcher died at his home of melanoma, after a long illness. He was 62 and was survived by his wife, Terese, his son, Ryan Melcher, and his mother, Doris Day.