Terry Melcher

Record Producer + Musician
Born Feb 8, 1942

Terrence P. Melcher was an American musician and record producer, who was instrumental in shaping the sound of American West Coast rock music. His greatest contribution to the culture of the time was producing The Byrds' innovative cover hits "Mr Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!", and his groundbreaking work with the Beach Boys. He was the only child of actress/singer Doris Day.… Read More

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1942 Birth Born on February 8, 1942.


1966 24 Years Old Melcher also performed on the Beach Boys' platinum album Pet Sounds as a background vocalist, and introduced Brian Wilson to lyricist Van Dyke Parks in February 1966, beginning their partnership on the The Smile Sessions project.
1967 25 Years Old Melcher was also a board member of the Monterey Pop Foundation and a producer of the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
1968 26 Years Old In 1968, Beach Boy Dennis Wilson introduced Melcher to ex-con and aspiring musician Charles Manson. … Read More
1969 27 Years Old Melcher again acted as producer for the Byrds on Ballad of Easy Rider, their eighth album, released in November 1969 (see 1969 in music). … Read More


1985 43 Years Old 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. … Read More
1988 46 Years Old In 1988, Melcher earned a Golden Globe nomination for co-writing the song "Kokomo" with John Phillips, Scott McKenzie and Mike Love. … Read More


1992 50 Years Old Melcher also produced the band's 1992 studio record, Summer in Paradise, which was the first record produced digitally on Pro Tools.


2004 63 Years Old On November 19, 2004, Terry Melcher died at his home of melanoma, after a long illness. … Read More
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