Terry Melcher Bio, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Children, Funeral, and Net Worth

Terry Melcher Biography

Terry Melcher whose full name is Terrence Paul Melcher was an American musician and record producer. Melcher was named Terry by his mother after her favorite childhood comic strip, Terry Pirates.  He was instrumental in shaping the 1960s California Sound and folk-rock movements.

Terry Melcher Age

Melcher was born on 8 February 1942 in New York United States of America and died on November 19, 2004, at the age of 62 years old.

Terry Melcher
Terry Melcher’s photo

Terry Melcher Funeral

Melcher died at his home of malignant melanoma on November 19, 2004, after a long illness. He was 62 and was survived by his wife Terese, son Ryan and his mother Doris Day.

Terry Melcher Son and Family

Melcher was Doris Day, the actress singer’s only son. His father was Al Jorden and the first husband to his mother’s day. He was later adopted by Day’s third husband Martin Melcher. Melcher together with his wife Terese had one son named Ryan. Ryan is a realtor in Carmel, California. Melcher’s mother was Doris Day. She was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. His father was Terrence Paul Jorden.

Terry Melcher and Candice Bergen

Melcher had a two-year relationship with actress Candice  Bergen in her 20s. They resided at his Beverly Hills house on Cielo Drive until Melcher suddenly announced they were moving to Malibu. In August 1969,  their former love nest became a murder scene. This occurred when followers of a cult leader, Charles Manson, butchered the new resident, Sharon Tate, and four of her friends. She was the wife of director Roman Polanski. It became known that the murders may have been a message to Melcher, who’d reneged on a record deal with Manson. Bergen and Melcher separated soon after.

Terry Melcher and Charles Manson

“Everybody speculated that Manson sent his minions up there to get rid of Terry because he was angry about not getting a record deal. But Terry and I talked about it later and Terry said Manson knew he had moved because Manson or someone from his organization left a note on Terry’s porch in Malibu.” Mark Lindsay, Melcher’s former roommate, stated: that Melcher was introduced to ex-con and aspiring Musician Charles  Manson in 1968 by Dennis Wilson, a member of the Beach Boys. Manson and his ‘family’ members Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey had been living in Wilson’s house at 14400 Sunset Boulevard. Wilson expressed interest in Manson’s music and even recorded two of his songs with the Beach Boys.

For a time, Melcher was interested in recording Manson’s music too and making a film about the family and their hippie commune existence. Manson met Melcher at 10050 Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210, the home Melcher shared with his girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen, and with musician Mark Lindsay. Manson auditioned for Melcher, but however, Melcher turned him down after witnessing him fight with a drunken man at Spahn Ranch. Both Wilson and Melcher detached their ties with Manson, a move that angered Manson. Soon after splitting from Manson, Melcher and Bergen moved out of the Cielo Drive home.


Later on, Manson visited the house asking for Melcher but was turned away because Melcher had moved out. Some authors and law enforcement personnel theorized that the Cielo Drive house was targeted by Manson as revenge for Melcher’s rejection and that Manson was unaware that he and Bergen had moved out. After initial tracks were recorded, the Manson murders took place, prompting Melcher to go into seclusion, and the session was never completed.

When Manson was arrested, it was reported that he had sent his followers to the house to kill Melcher and Bergen. Manson family member Susan Atkins,  admitted her part in the murders, stating to police and before a grand jury that the house was chosen as the scene for the murders “to instill fear into Terry Melcher because Terry had given us his word on a few things and never came through with them”.

Terry Melcher Songs

Just a Reason
Roll in My Sweet Baby’s
The Old Hand Jive

These Days
These Bars Have Made

Halls Of Justice
Stagger Lee
4th Times Around

I Made An Angel Cry
Beverly Hills