Melcher, Terry

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Melcher, Terry Gender: M
Terrence P. Jorden
born on 8 February 1942 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 19°19' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 20°29 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 11°12'

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Terry Melcher
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American noted family, a musician in his own right, and talented music producer, Melcher is the son of Doris Day from her youthful first marriage to musician Al Jordan. His dad committed suicide by shooting himself and Terry took his last name from his mom's third husband, Marty Melcher. When his step-dad died, it seems that some $20 million was missing from the family coffers.

As a youth, he was drawn to the golden skids of Hollywood's easy pills and booze. A singer, he became a record producer with his own production company, "Equinox."

Acquainted with hanger-on and wannabe Charlie Manson, he grew leery when Manson kept pressing him for a record contract. With his mom in financial straits, he left the big house in which he was living with model Candice Bergen and rented it to Roman Polanski and his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate. It was Tate and her friends who were home when they had company the night of 9 August 1969, the Manson gang on a deadly mission.

Melcher remained close to his mother. He often composed songs for her projects and was an executive producer of her television series, "The Doris Day Show" from 1968-1972. Melcher himself was a talented musician and issued two solo albums, but his primary contribution was providing back-up to such groups as the Beach Boys. He became a staff producer for Columbia Records in the mid-'60s and helped the label become successful on the rock and folk scene. He turned Paul Revere and the Raiders into a mainstream pop group, produced Columbia's version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Pete Seeger's "Turn, Turn, Turn"

Melcher pre-deceased his famous mother, dying of cancer (melanoma) on 19 November 2004 at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was survived by his second wife Terese and a son Ryan from a previous marriage.

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  • associate relationship with Wilson, Dennis (born 4 December 1944). Notes: Occasional musical collaborators
  • friend relationship with Tate, Sharon (born 24 January 1943)
  • child->parent relationship with Day, Doris (born 3 April 1922)
  • homicide attempt perpetrator relationship with Manson, Charles (born 12 November 1934). Notes: Melcher was a target of Manson's, his former home was occupied by Sharon Tate on the night of the murders


  • Death of Significant person 9 August 1969 (Friends killed by Manson gang)
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Source Notes

LMR quotes biography by A. E. Hotchner, "Doris Day: Her Own Story" (Morrow, 1976), p. 69: "At high noon, February 8, the ordeal ended." (Another reference wrongly gives Cincinnati, OH).


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Started when young)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Started in youth)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Mom)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Financial crime victim (Step-dad cleaned family of $20 million)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cancer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Equinox Record Co. and Columbia)