Showing posts with label Terry Melcher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Terry Melcher. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of "Paul Revere & The Raiders" Talks About Terry Melcher, Cielo and Manson

Mark Lindsay and Terry Melcher at Cielo Drive
By Nancy Adamson

Lindsay recently gave an exclusive interview to the Reporter-Telegram in which he talked about his current tour, his music, and a few life-changing moments in his life that include falling off a 75-foot cliff, living in the infamous house where the followers of Charles Manson brutally murdered five people -- including actress Sharon Tate -- in 1969, and traveling around the country in an RV with his wife and three cats.

Linsday said 1967 was a magical year. "We were gonna change the world. Well, it didn't work out quite as well as we thought. We might have been in a war in 1967 but the music of that period is a slice of kinder, gentler times when things were a lot less stressful."

Regarding Cielo Drive:
"We lived there about two years," Lindsay said. "About two or three months before the lease was up, Terry and Candy Bergen started having this big, torrid affair. I'd come home off tour and they would be on the couch or wherever doing what lovers do. I told Terry I felt like a third wheel and wanted to move out. So I did."

While many officials and prosecutors claim Manson picked that address because he wanted revenge against Melcher for rejecting a music collaboration, Lindsay said that wasn't the case.

"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 (Melcher had moved) because Manson or someone from his organization left a note on Terry's porch in Malibu," Lindsay said.

Lindsay still says he gets creeped out thinking about that period so he'd rather focus on what keeps him busy nowadays.

In February, Lindsay released "Like Nothing That You've Seen," ultimately described by Little Steven on Sirius/XM Radio's "Underground Garage" as the "coolest song in the world." A full album will be coming out this summer via online outlets such as Amazon and iTunes.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I received a friendly email recently, which included several questions. 
As I was responding to those questions... I decided to upload the conversation (and my resulting answers/research) for everyone.  I invested considerable time on my response(s)... and figured others might enjoy the subject matter, as well.

Here goes: (Lynyrd Responds In Yellow)

"I just found your Manson blog and spent a ton of time going through it.  I also like your musical references.  I’m a HUGE Gary Rossington fan, love his playing.  I’ve also always been interested in musicians who met Manson.  Neil Young and Dennis Wilson, obviously.  I understand that the family did a full recording session (not Lie) at Brian Wilson’s home studio, produced by Carl and Brian, so I’m morally sure that they were in a room with the family for at least a day.  There may be tapes from that session, but no one will admit it.  The name of the engineer is even known, so I’m pretty sure it happened.  Dennis Wilson slept with some of the girls, but I am convinced that Neil Young did too.  But here’s the obscure stuff: Alex Chilton met Manson, according to an interview I read.  And I learned the other day that Sly Stone met him too, but wasn’t very impressed.  I’m sure there’s other rock stars who met him, but would never admit it in a million years".

One could easily dedicate an entire blog, to researching the history of Manson’s music, and recording sessions.  In fact, there ARE such “Manson Music” sites, dedicated solely to researching and presenting Manson‘s music. Some are quite good, actually.  The questions of where Manson recorded, when he recorded, and who recorded him… (and which albums those respective recordings ultimately landed on)… are subjects, I’ve never personally delved head-over-heels into.  I’m not an expert on Manson’s music specifically.  With that understood… here’s a few "fast facts"… and as always, my opinion.

In addition to the “Beach Boys” recording(s):
Credit card data indicates Manson called Universal Studios in North Hollywood on November 10, 1967.  Slightly thereafter.… Manson attended Universal Studios in North Hollywood and recorded one (3-hour session) with an audio engineer named Gary Stromberg.  Stromberg was a mutual friend of Manson’s prison buddy Phil Kaufman. (information found on pages 20-21, of Sander’s book).

In the summer/fall of 1968... Manson recorded in Brian Wilson’s home studio, in Bellagio.  The engineer was Stephen Despar.  Further recordings were cancelled, after Manson pulled a knife in the studio.


"I’m sure there’s other rock stars who met him, but would never admit it in a million years".

I (personally) believe that Manson likely met several prominent musicians.  He was circulating at the right place, at the right time, with the right people.  Terry Melcher, Dennis Wilson, Gregg Jakobson, Neil Young... these are big names.  You can throw-in Gary Stromberg at Universal Studios, and Phil Kaufman.  Wilson and Melcher discussed Manson with John Phillips (Mamas and Papas) at least once.  Phillips “passed” on meeting Manson… but at a minimum, he had heard Manson’s name.  It’s also likely, that Manson interfaced with The Grateful Dead, at some point.  The Grateful Dead were everywhere.  They were the "house band" at many 60's California parties, both indoors, and out... with hundreds in attendance... not the least of which, were Ken Kesey and his "Merry Pranksters"... Hell's Angels... you name it.

Look at it this way: 
Manson LIVED with one of the Beach Boys, and recorded in their studio.  Melcher (son of Doris Day) had been one of the music directors for the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.  Neil Young has been inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame TWICE… once with Buffalo Springfield, and once for his solo work.  The idea that Manson may have interfaced with other musicians, is really not far-fetched. I'm not saying he DID... I'm saying... given the time and place... it's likely.  That's just my humble opinion.  Even Wavy's Hog Farm and the Spiral Staircase, must have hosted musicians from time to time.


"I’m a defense atty in Washington state. I know Kasabian was in the pierce co. superior court, but I never crossed paths with her. The reason I’m emailing is that I’m curious if anything is known about the families travels in Washington and Oregon. Wiki says that the family came up to Washington, but I’ve never read anything about where they specifically went and what they did before going back to California".

Spring-summer 1967 - “Manson made definite attempts to locate his mother, Kathleen.  He secured permission from his federal parole officer to travel out of state several times.  He once went to Washington, in search of her”.
(Sanders, page 13)

Kathleen died in Spokane, Washington, July 31, 1973.  She is buried there.  Her full name was Ada Kathleen, but she is buried under the name Kathleen as she went by her middle name.  This information, lends credence to Sanders’ assertion.
All that information can be viewed here, on my blog:
She had married a man named “Bower”. Gale S. Bower, to be exact. He served in the Navy during WWII, and operated a tire company.


"Have you seen the footage of LS in Asbury Park from 77.  It's amazing because you can specifically see who plays what.  They seem to pass the solos down the line, starting with Gaines, then to Collins, then Rossington, then back to Gaines.  I could never figure who played what until I saw it.  Apparently there’s a ton of Pro Shot stuff that unreleased, including a show from CA from the Street Survivors tour, that someone is sitting on.  A bunch leaked onto youtoob, then disappeared.  Great stuff".

Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd -
I bought a huge pile of old VHS video footage many years ago, on Ebay… before YouTube became popular.  (Actually, I’m not sure YouTube even existed).  The guy sold me everything, in one package deal.  I have it all… some color, some black and white.  I paid a pretty penny for that stuff, way back then.  Now, most of it is on YouTube for free.  Most of it… but not all.  Unfortunately, all my stuff is very poorly labeled… so, it’s impossible to make heads or tails of it. LOL

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Doris Day releases album; "My Heart"
Carol Writes: "There is an article about Doris Day in the 12/19 issue of People magazine.  She is releasing her first album after 17 years.  In the People article, she says the biggest tragedy in her life, was her son Terry's death from melanoma.  No mention of Manson, of course.  Surprisingly, she said Paul McCartney is a big fan of hers, and has since become a good friend".  Thanks Carol!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Starship Writes...
While browsing at the supermarket checkout, I saw this story:
Yeah, I know...The Globe...still...

It got me thinking...
Doris Day has outlived her son, Terry Melcher...who while not a household name from Hollywood, still must have made a fortune in later years, as he is one of the credited writers (along with John Phillips, Scott Mackenzie and Mike Love) of the Beach Boys' hit, KOKOMO, their only #1 hit without Brian Wislon's participation or assistance...
Yeah, I's wikipedia, still I can't believe Melcher didn't make a huge pile of $$ on this...

So I wonder about poor old Doris Day.  I know Melcher's heirs may have benefitted from his estate but what's the deal with this if it is at all true?  Wouldn't it be great to have Doris Day in the public eye again...perhaps she'd get interviewed by Piers Morgan and he could ask her, "remind me: What was the deal with your son and Charles Manson?"

Has Doris ever made any public comments regarding the whole Manson thing?


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Terry Melcher
(February 8, 1942 – November 19, 2004)
American Musician and Record Producer.
Melcher was born Terry Jorden in New York City to trombonist Al Jorden and his wife, singer/actress Doris Day.  Day was only 17 years old, when she gave birth to Terry.  Before Terry's birth, Day was planning to leave the abusive and violent Al Jorden.  Jorden was outraged when he found out about her pregnancy, and demanded Day get an abortion.  Doris refused, and in turn, Jorden physically abused Day throughout her entire pregnancy.  Shortly after Terry's birth, Day filed for divorce, left Terry with her mother in Ohio, and went back to touring with big band leader Les Brown.  After the divorce, Terry's father failed to visit his son on a regular basis, and had little presence in his life.  Al Jorden would ultimately commit suicide years later.
Doris' career led her to Hollywood where she appeared on local radio shows.  After marrying and divorcing her second husband, saxophonist George Weidler, Day met and married Martin Melcher.  Martin would become Doris' manager and go on to produce many of her movies.  Although Terry and Martin disliked each other intensely, Martin adopted Terry, giving the boy his surname.  After Martin's death in 1968, it was discovered that he had mismanaged or embezzled $20 million of Doris Day's money.
In the early 1960s, Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston formed the vocal duet Bruce & Terry.  The duo had hits like "Custom Machine" and "Summer Means Fun".  Melcher and Johnston also created another band together, The Rip Chords, that had a Top 10 hit "Hey, Little Cobra".  Later, Bruce Johnston would join The Beach Boys
By the mid-60s, Melcher had joined the staff of Columbia Records, and went on to work with The Byrds
He produced their song, "Turn, Turn, Turn", and helped them to produce their remake of Bob Dylan's, "Mr. Tambourine Man".  Due to conflicts with the band, Melcher was replaced.  He later worked with Paul Revere and the Raiders, Wayne Newton, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, and The Mamas & Papas.  Melcher was instrumental in signing another near-legendary L.A. band, the Rising Sons led by Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.  Melcher also performed on the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds, as a background vocalist, and introduced Brian Wilson to Van Dyke Parks in February of 1966, beginning their partnership on the ill-fated SMiLE project.  He was also a board member of the Monterey Pop Foundation and a producer of the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
In 1968, Beach Boy Dennis Wilson introduced Melcher to ex-con and aspiring musician Charles Manson.  Wilson expressed interest in Manson's music, and even recorded two of Manson's songs with The Beach Boys.  Manson eventually auditioned for Melcher, but Melcher declined to sign him.

He served as the executive producer on his mother's CBS series, The Doris Day Show.  He later recorded two solo albums titled, Terry Melcher and Royal Flush.  In 1985, Terry co-produced the cable show, Doris Day's Best Friends, and worked as the director and vice president of the Doris Day Animal Foundation.  He and his mother, to whom he remained extremely close throughout his life, also co-owned the Cypress Inn, a small hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. 
In 1988, Melcher earned a Golden Globe nomination for co-writing the song "Kokomo" with The Beach Boys.  The song was featured in the 1988 Tom Cruise film, Cocktail, and rose to number one on the pop charts that year.  On November 19, 2004, Terry Melcher died at his home after a long battle with melanoma.  He was 62 years old.