Bruce & Terry

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Bruce & Terry
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Sunshine pop, surf rock
Years active 1960s (1960s)
Associated acts California Music, The Rip Chords
Past members

Bruce & Terry were Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher. The pair were instrumental in the development of surf rock, recording under a variety of names, most notably with the band the Rip Chords.[1][2]


Johnston was a well-known session musician and Melcher (the producer of the Byrds records and the son of actress/singer Doris Day) had a minor solo career as Terry Day before becoming the youngest staff record producer in Columbia Records' history.[1][2] In 1963, they began recording together and helped produce the album Surfin' Round the World.[1]

While producing a "surf-frat" band called the Rip Chords, whose "Here I Stand" had reached No. 51 in early 1963, they ended up vocal arranging and singing all of the vocal parts on the band's hit "Hey Little Cobra" in 1964.[1] The song was the first in a series of hit singles (most of which were released under the name Bruce & Terry), reaching No. 4 on the U.S. pop charts.

Johnston later joined The Beach Boys, singing on Pet Sounds and performing with them well into the 21st century, while Melcher became a full-time producer.[1][3] Melcher died at 62 after a long battle with melanoma on November 19, 2004.[2]


  • "Don't Be Scared"

"Four Strong Winds" / "Raining In My Heart" [Columbia Records (#4-43378)]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ankeny, Jason "Bruce and Terry Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved November 4, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Oliver, Myrna (2004) "Obituaries; Terry Melcher, 62; Songwriter, Singer Produced Hit Records", Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2004, p. B13
  3. Webb, Steve (2012) "Tourin' USA",, April 28, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2013