Summary: record producer and songwriter who co-wrote Kokomo for the Beach Boys, produced The Byrds hits Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn, Turn, Turn, and worked with Paul Revere & the Raiders, Gram Parsons, and the Mamas & Papas, who was the son of Doris Day and the executive producer of his mother's CBS-TV show, and who had rented the home where Sharon Tate and others were murdered by Charles Manson's followers (rumors circulated that Melcher was the real target because he had turned Manson down for a record contract, but the rumors were discounted).
Cause of Death: Melanoma
Born: February 8, 1942
Died: November 19, 2004
Location: Beverly Hills, California