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Terry Melcher

Biography

The son of Doris Day, Terry Melcher was an integral player within the L.A. music picture within the ’60s and early ’70s. Melcher’s profession started using the browse craze which was kicked off with the Seaside Boys in the first area of the 10 years. Teaming up with potential Seaside Boy Bruce Johnston, Melcher produced the Rip Chords, who have scored popular with “Hey Small Cobra.” Melcher and Johnston had been also in charge of the one-shot studio room group the Scorching Doggers. He also started writing browse music with Bobby Darin and, of most people, Randy Newman. However it was not really until Melcher was employed as an employee manufacturer at Columbia Information that he actually began to form the audio of California rock and roll. Assigned to a fresh band called the Byrds, Melcher helped build the group’s fusion of rock and roll and folk right into a groundbreaking audio. Tension between your manufacturer as well as the Byrds’ supervisor, however, triggered Melcher to become booted because the band’s maker, but not prior to the group, under Melcher’s path, documented the definitive edition of Pete Seeger’s “Change, Turn, Change.” After his departure from your Byrds, Melcher visited utilize a ragtag Stonesy garage area band called Paul Revere & the Raiders. Using his studio room expertise, Melcher changed the group into an available pop outfit and finally began writing tunes using the group, like the strikes “Him or Me — What’s It Gonna Become?” and “THE FANTASTIC Airplane Hit.” Right now a sizzling maker, Melcher was instrumental in putting your signature on another near-legendary L.A. music group, the Increasing Sons, led by Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. However towards the Byrds and Paul Revere (organizations who had an absolute path), the Sons’ collective affects never came collectively and Melcher experienced difficulty making them. Melcher continued to be a presence in the L.A. picture throughout the past due ’60s, collaborating with such mainstays as Glen Campbell and Bruce Johnston and, transferring into infamy, when his previous home on Cielo Drive became the website for the grisly Manson Family members murders. Melcher acquired known Manson and it had been rumored which the producer’s insufficient curiosity about Manson’s songwriting profession was why the home on Cielo Get was targeted. In the first ’70s, Melcher was once more hired because the Byrds’ manufacturer on albums like the Ballad of Easy Rider, Untitled, and Byrdmaniax, but his making and arranging options were so from the mark which the latter record was described in Barney Hoskyns’ publication Waiting for sunlight as “Melcher’s Folly.” Because the mellow nation audio of the middle-’70s eventually overran the southern California musical weather, Melcher ultimately faded through the spotlight and, apart from an occasional creation (the Seaside Boys’ comeback strike “Kokomo”), did much less and less within the studio every year. After a very long battle with tumor, Melcher passed on November 19, 2004.

Quick Facts


Full Name Terry Melcher
Died November 19, 2004, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Profession Singer, Entrepreneur, Music Producer, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Television producer
Nationality American
Spouse Terese Edwards, Melissa E. Brown, Jacqueline Carlin
Children Ryan Melcher
Parents Doris Day, Al Jorden
Music Groups California Music
Music Songs Fire in a Rainstorm, Take It to Mexico, Freeway Close, So Right Tonight, L.A. to Mexico, Down in Mexico, High Rollers, Rosarito, I Made An Angel Cry, Rebecca, Card Game
Albums Royal Flush
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song


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#Fact
1 On the "new" Doris Day release, My Heart, Terry Melcher sings a song that he wrote for her.
2 Was in a terrible motorcycle accident that shattered both of his legs and required him to be hospitalized for six months.
3 His mother Doris Day gave him his first name because she had loved it since she was a little girl and read the comic strip "Terry and the Pirates".
4 Is portrayed by Jeffrey Johnson in Helter Skelter (2004)
5 As The Byrds' producer, he played a major role in developing The Byrds' revolutionary fusion of rock and folk.
6 Nominated for a Grammy and a Golden Globe along with co-writers Mike Love, Scott McKenzie and John Phillips, for the song "Kokomo" from the movie Cocktail (1988).
7 Helping to shape the California surf, rock and folk music scene in the 1960s, he was a producer of records and shows such as the Monterey Pop Festival on June 16-18, 1967, highlights of which are seen in Monterey Pop (1968), Jimi Plays Monterey (1986) and Shake!: Otis at Monterey (1987). He later co-wrote The Beach Boys' hit song "Kokomo" which was later used in the 1988 Tom Cruise movie Cocktail (1988).
8 Very close to mom Doris Day, he helped see through her marital and financial woes and devoted himself to managing her projects, including the The Doris Day Animal League and Doris Day Animal Foundation.
9 In the early 1960s, he formed the duo Bruce & Terry with Bruce Johnston, who later joined The Beach Boys. A couple of their minor hits were "Custom Machine" and "Summer Means Fun".
10 As staff producer for Columbia Records, he worked with such prolific talent as the The Byrds, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Mamas and the Papas, Frankie Laine, Bobby Darin and Glen Campbell.
11 The only child of Doris Day. His father, Al Jorden, was a trombonist.
12 As a producer, songwriter or session musician, he has worked with The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, Randy Newman, Taj Mahal, Paul Revere, The Byrds and Bobby Darin, among many other artists.
13 As a member of the musical group The Rip Chords, scored a big hit in 1964 with the song "Hey Little Cobra.".
14 1 child, Ryan
15 Took the surname of his adoptive father, Martin Melcher, when he was 10.
16 Although very busy with his own career he found the time to help his mother Doris Day run her charitable organizations and the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
17 He has a son from his first marriage, Ryan.
18 Produced The Byrds' number one smash hit songs, "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!", both in 1965.
19 Was a producer for Columbia Records who once auditioned and turned down Charles Manson for a recording contract. Initially, Melcher was believed to have been the original intended victim of the grisly Manson murders on Aug 9, 1969 at a house at 10050 Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills, where Melcher had previously lived with then-girlfriend Candice Bergen. Manson had previously visited Melcher there, and on a subsequent visit had learned that Melcher had moved. Nevertheless, Manson told his followers to kill anyone they found in the house on the night Sharon Tate and her house guests died, to send Melcher a "message". The house has since been demolished, and the location's address changed.
20 Son of Doris Day and her first husband, musician Al Jorden. He was adopted by her third husband, Martin Melcher, when he was 10 years old in 1952.


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 TV Movie documentary executive producer: Arwin Productions
Doris Day's Best Friends 1985-1986 TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
The Doris Day Show 1969-1972 TV Series executive producer - 55 episodes
The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special 1971 TV Special executive producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doris Day's Best Friends 1985-1986 TV Series writer - 26 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Goldbergs 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Noble 2014 writer: "Move Over Darling"
The Block 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Endings 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live Sports Extra '09 2009 TV Special music: "Derek Jeter's Taco Hole" - uncredited
I Love the 80's 3-D 2005 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Herbie Fully Loaded 2005 writer: "Getcha Back"
The Simpsons 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stars in Their Eyes 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chicago Hope 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Baywatch 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 TV Movie documentary writer: "My Heart"
Problem Child 1990 producer: "PROBLEM CHILD" / writer: "PROBLEM CHILD"
Lethal Weapon 2 1989 producer: "Still Cruisin' After All These Years" / writer: "Still Cruisin' After All These Years"
Troop Beverly Hills 1989 writer: "Make It Big"
Full House 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cocktail 1988 producer: "Kokomo" / writer: "Kokomo"
The Telephone 1988 producer: "Happy Endings" / writer: "Happy Endings"
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special writer: "Good Thing"
The Lively Set 1964 lyrics: "Boss Barracuda"
Move Over, Darling 1963 lyrics: "Move Over, Darling" / music: "Move Over, Darling"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It Happened to Jane 1959 Bit Role (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Beach Boys: 25 Years Together 1987 TV Movie music supervisor

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 TV Movie documentary produced with the cooperation and assistance of

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Doris Day Story: Everybody's Darling 1998 TV Movie documentary very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Greats 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 1998 TV Series documentary Himself - Doris Day's Son
Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cease to Exist 2007 Documentary Himself - Record Producer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures Cocktail (1988) · John Phillips
· Mike Love
· Scott McKenzie
1989 Most Performed Song from a Film BMI Film & TV Awards Cocktail (1988) · Mike Love
· Scott McKenzie
1989 Kids' Choice Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Song · The Beach Boys (music group)
· Mike Love (writer)
· John Phillips (writer)
· Scott McKenzie (writer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Cocktail (1988) · Scott McKenzie
· Mike Love
· John Phillips
1989 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television Cocktail (1988) · Mike Love
· John Phillips
· Scott MacKenzie


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