Doris Day’s beloved son Terry Melcher tragically loses his long battle against
Sad news broke on the 19 November 2004 as we learnt that Doris Day’s son, the
American musician and pop producer Terry Melcher had passed away.
Terry Melcher was the son of Doris Day’s first husband Al Jorden, he was born
Terry Jorden in New York in 1942. He adopted the name by which he was best known
from Doris’s third husband & manager, Martin Melcher.
At the age of 22, Tery was hired as the youngest staff producer at Columbia
Records. During the 1960s, he established himself as a successful record
producer and songwriter whilst also helping to shape the sound of American West
Coast rock music. Terry was renowned for aiding the careers of Ry Cooder, the
Beach Boys and the Byrds for which he produced hits including “Mr. Tambourine
Man” and “Turn, Turn, Turn”.
His midas touch also extended to his mother’s singing career when he penned her
suggestive single “Move Over, Darling” which became a hit across Europe. Terry
later supported Doris through the “shock” discovery that her fortunes had been
mismanaged, following the death of Marty Melcher. He then took on the pivotal
role as the Executive Producer in Doris’s CBS sitcom, ‘The Doris Day Show’
(1968-1972) for which she had been contracted by Marty without any prior
Terry also became an unwitting footnote in criminal history when a house in
Hollywood in which he had previously lived was the site of the savage murder of
the actress Sharon Tate by killer Charles Manson. According to one theory,
Terry, who had known Manson, was the intended victim of this deeply shocking
Terry also found time during the 1970s to refocus his sights on advancing his
own solo singing career when signing to Warner/Reprise. A collaboration with his
mother then notably followed on his 1974
eponymous album which featured Doris harmonising with Terry on his
sad song “These Days”.
The mother and son bond which Doris had strived to protect during her early
years as a big-band vocalist continued to present day. Terry would often be
found helping his mother with her animal welfare work and business affairs.
Terry Melcher sadly passed away, aged 62, at his Beverley Hills home, after a
long battle with Melanoma. We are sure that such a decent guy will be sadly
missed. ‘Discovering Doris’ extends its heartfelt wishes to all of his family!