Terry Melcher started working with the group after doing production work on The Byrds' first 2 albums. In 1968, he rented his house to director Roman Polanski and his wife Sharon Tate. Melcher knew Charles Manson and worked with him on some projects before abandoning them. In 1969, Manson and his "family" killed Tate and 4 of her friends in Melcher's house. Melcher became much more secluded after the murders, but did help write The Beach Boys 1987 hit "Kokomo
." He died of cancer in 2004.