Bruce & Terry

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Bruce & Terry
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresVocal surf
Years active1960s (1960s), occasionally afterwards
Associated actsCalifornia Music, The Rip Chords
Past members

Bruce & Terry was an American rock music duo from the 1960s. Consisting of Columbia Records staff producers Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher, the pair recorded under a variety of names, most notably with the band the Rip Chords.[1][2]


Johnston was a session musician and Melcher 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.[citation needed]

The duo virtually disbanded when Johnston 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] The two occasionally worked on projects together until Melcher died at 62, after a long battle with melanoma, on November 19, 2004.[2]


Bruce & Terry singles

  • "Custom Machine" / "Makaha at Midnight" (Columbia 4-42956, 1964) – No. 85 US
  • "Summer Means Fun" / "Yeah!" (Columbia 4-43055, 1964) – No. 72 US
  • "I Love You Model 'T'" / "Carmen" (Columbia 4-43238, 1965)
  • "Raining in My Heart" / "Four Strong Winds" (Columbia 4-43378, 1965)
  • "Thank You, Baby" / "Come Love" (Columbia 4-43479)
  • "Girl, It's Alright Now" / "Don't Run Away" (Columbia 4-43582, 1966)
  • "Take It To Mexico (Tulsa County Blue)" / "Rebecca" (RCA Victor NB-10238, 1975)

Bruce & Terry albums

  • Rare Masters (M&M MMCD 1001, 1992)
  • The Best of Bruce & Terry (Sundazed SC 11052, 1998)

Rip Chords singles featuring both Bruce and Terry

  • 1962–63: "Here I Stand" (Bringas on lead vocal) backed with "Karen" (Stewart on lead) Billboard #51.
  • 1963: "Gone" (Bringas on lead) b/w "She Thinks I Still Care" (Bringas on lead) Billboard #88.
  • 1963–64: "Hey Little Cobra" (Melcher on lead) b/w "The Queen" (Melcher on lead) Billboard #4.
  • 1964: "Three Window Coupe" (Melcher on lead) b/w "Hot Rod U.S.A." (Melcher on lead) Billboard #28.
  • 1964: "One Piece Topless Bathing Suit" (Melcher and Bringas on lead) b/w "Wah-Wahini" (Melcher on lead) Billboard #96.
  • 1965: "Don't Be Scared" (Melcher on lead) b/w "Bunny Hill" (instrumental by The Wrecking Crew)

Other albums featuring both Bruce and Terry

  • Surfin' 'Round the World (1963) (Bruce Johnston solo album)
  • Hey Little Cobra and Other Hot Rod Hits (Columbia, February 1964) #56. Billboard Album Chart. (Rip Chords album)
  • Three Window Coupe (Columbia, September 1964) (Rip Chords album)
  • Pet Sounds (Capitol, 16th May 1966) (Beach Boys album)
  • The Beach Boys (Caribou, 10th June 1985) (Beach Boys album)
  • Still Cruisin' (Capitol, 28th August 1989) (Beach Boys album)
  • Summer in Paradise (Brother, 3rd August 1992) (Beach Boys album)
  • Summer U.S.A.! The Best of the Rip Chords (Sundazed, 27th June 2006) (Rip Chords album)


  1. ^ a b c d e Ankeny, Jason "Bruce and Terry Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved November 4, 2013
  2. ^ a b c 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