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Doris Day's producer and songwriter son Terry Melcher, who helped shape 1960s California surf rock, died on Friday after a long battle with skin cancer melanoma. He was 62. Melcher co-wrote the hit "Kokomo" for The Beach Boys. The song was used in Tom Cruise's movie Cocktail and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988 for best original song. In the early 1960s, Melcher began singing as a solo act and later paired with future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston to form the group Bruce & Terry. The pair had several hits, before going onto form the Rip Chords, responsible for the 1964 hit "Hey, Littlecobra." In the mid-1960s, Melcher joined Columbia Records as a producer. Working with the Byrds, he produced their top-selling version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and other hits, including "Turn, Turn, Turn." He served as the executive producer of The Doris Day Show, from 1968 to 1972 and co-produced her mid-1980s show, Doris Day's Best Friends. Melcher also helped run his mother's charitable activities, including the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

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