Terry Melcher, a record producer and songwriter who aided the careers of Ry Cooder, the Byrds and the Beach Boys, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with melanoma. Melcher, the son of actress Doris Day, was 62. Melcher co-wrote the hit song Kokomo for the Beach Boys. It was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988 for best original song. He also performed on the Beach Boys album "Pet Sounds." In the mid-1960s, Melcher worked with the Byrds, producing 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 later worked with his mother's TV shows.
Phorto courtesy of Doris Day family
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