Jerry Melcher and the Manson Family.

Terrence Paul Melcher was actor Doris Day’s son who worked around LA in the 1960s as a musician and record producer. 

He produced the Beachboys, the Byrds Paul Revere & the Raiders, Wayne Newton, Frankie Laine, Jimmy Boyd, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, Mark Lindsay, and the Mamas & the Papas and Taj Mahal. As much as anyone, Melcher was responsible for creating the 1960s California Sound and folk-rock movements.

In 1968, Beach Boy Dennis Wilson introduced Melcher to a small, smiling little hustler named Charlie Manson. Manson and his herd of followers and lost souls had been     living in Wilson's house at 14400 Sunset Boulevard.

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Wilson wanted Melcher to produce Manson’s recording and to jet behind a film he was producing with Manson about the family (The Manson Family) and their commune existence.  As a[] courtesy to Wilson, an important client, Melcher  met with Manson at his home at 10050 Cielo Drive. Sharing the house with Melcher's girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen, and musician Mark Lindsay.

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Wilson (left) and Manson 

Mark Lindsay at the front door on Cleo Drive

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Melcher with Candice Bergin 

Manson eventually managed to alienate Melcher with his fierce and explosive temper and general insanity. So did Wilson, which made Manson furious. Shortly after his meeting with Melcher, he moved out of  Cielo Drive home and the home was leased to film director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate.

On August 8–9, 1969, the house was the site of the murders of Tate,  coffee heiress Abigail Folger, hairdresser Jay Sebring, writer Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent by members of Manson's cult.

There is still some controversy over whether or not Manson knew that Melcher had moved from the house. Most agree he knew but order the killings anyway as a message to Melcher who, understandably, spent the remainder of his days armed with a pistol and occasionally hiring bodyguards. He was eventually forced to seek psychiatric treatment to deal with his fears.

 Manson family member Susan Atkins, who took part in the murders, later told police 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".
In 1988, Melcher earned a Golden Globe nomination for co-writing the Beachboys song "Kokomo"
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Melcher died at his home in 2004 of melanoma, after a long illness. He was 62.