Subject: Re: Terry Melcher dies
From: [Salvador Astucia]
Date: 11/22/04 1:40 AM Eastern Standard Time
>"Kokomo" Co-Writer Terry Melcher Dies
>Sat Nov 20,10:23 PM ET
>BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - 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
>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.
In my book, "Rethinking John Lennon's Assassination...",
I portray Terry Melcher and Apple Publicist Derek Taylor
as probable FBI informants working as part of an ongoing FBI
program to destroy rock 'n' roll music, an effort that
had been in place since the birth of the genre in the
1950s. The objective of the Bureau's anti-rock'n'roll
campaign of the 1960s would be to taint the public's
perception of rock music and to put the fear of God into
rock stars who lived near Doris Day's L.A. home where Sharon
Tate and others were brutally murdered in 1969.
More investigation is certainly needed regarding the Manson
murders, but my research indicates that Charlie Manson and his
followers were probably patsies. It is possible, however, that
Manson was a paid government informant, similar to Lee Harvey
Oswald, although I do not believe Manson was an active
participant in a conspiracy to murder Tate, Folger, Frykowki,
Sebring, Parent, Hinman, and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
I suspect, however, that Manson's involvement with the FBI
may have been unknown or unclear to him, and instead he may
have been given assignments by Mob boss Frank Costello, who
supplied hit men for J. Edgar Hoover's personal team of
assassins. Manson has stated that he was acquainted with
Costello while serving time at The Federal Reformatory at
Although Manson had spent years in and out of prisons, jails,
and reform schools prior to the gruesome Tate murders, he had
no history of committing violent crimes. The reason he was
incarcerate term at the Federal Penitentiary at
Terminal Island, San Pedro, California (from 1961 through
1967) was for cashing a government check worth $37.50.
Terry Melcher—the man who previously leased the house where
Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, and her four friends
were murdered—had been a recording producer in the early
days of Apple Publishing, a business created by the Beatles
which later evolved into Apple Records. Terry Melcher is
the son of actress Doris Day (real name, Doris Von Kappelhoff)
and Cincinnati trombonist Al Jorden. In 1951, Terry was
adopted by his mother's third husband, Marty Melcher.
Melcher became a successful producer for several Sixties
rock bands. He produced the first two albums by the renowned
Sixties rock group, the Byrds, plus Paul Revere and the
Raiders. He is also closely associated with the Beach
Boys and has written songs for them in recent years. In 1997
Kristofer Engelhardt published a book, "The Beatles Undercover,"
which revealed that Melcher had direct ties to the Beatles'
inner circle through Derek Taylor, publicist for the Beatles,
the Byrds, and the Beach Boys. In 1968, Melcher produced a
song for Grapefruit, a band backed by Lennon and McCartney
and signed to Apple Publishing by Terry Doran, a friend of
Brian Epstein (Beatles original manager)...
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* Manson's association with Frank Costello is described in a book
by Nuel Emmons & Charlie Manson, Manson: In His Own Words," p 48.
* The assertion that Frank Costello supplied hit men for J. Edgar
Hoover's personal hit team was made in a book entitled, "The Squad,"
written under the pseudonym, Michael Milan, a Jewish man who claimed
to be a hit man for Costello and Hoover.
* Manson's last conviction (prior to the Tate murders) is described
in "Manson: In His Own Words" (Emmons & Manson), pp. 64-65.
* Melcher's leasing of house to Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski is
documented in Vincent Bugliosi & Curt Gentry, Helter Skelter:
The True Story of the Manson Murders, ibid, p 39.
* Information about Manson's parents is documented in the following
sources: (1) John Kiesewetter, The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 14,
1998, Doris Day bio begins in Tristate,
(2) Encyclopedia Britannica: Day, Doris. The latter bio claims
her real name Doris Von Kappelhoff, whereas, Kiesewetter asserts
her last name is Kappelhoff without "Von."
* Melcher's association with the Byrds and Paul Revere and the
Raiders is documented in the following sources: (1) Terry Melcher's
association with the Byrds is described in Byrd Watcher, reference
http://ebni.com/byrds/relassociates11.html; (2) Terry Melcher: The
Whole Picture, by Deb Lindsay, from Mark Lindsay's official website
(NOTE: Mark Lindsay was the lead singer in Paul Revere and the
Raiders, another Sixties band produced by Melcher); reference
* Information about Melcher's link to the Beatles and Apple via
Derek Taylor is from Kristofer Engelhardt's book, The Beatles
Undercover, pp 180-183.
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