Sordidness Tracker, Episode 48

June 23, 2015

You Must Remember This often contains wild tales from Hollywood’s colorful past, so much so that it can become difficult to keep track of all the sordid details while you listen to it and pretend to be working, parenting, paying attention to the road, etc.  Now, there’s help.  As you listen to Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Episode 5: Doris Day and Terry Melcher, this handy Sordidness Tracker will help you follow who was doing what to whom.

Is ‘Golden Penetrators’ as tacky as it sounds: Yes.

Trombonist dads: One.

Horrible attempts at pregnancy termination by trombonist dads: Multiple.

Doris Day, stealth feminist: Considered.

Hippie drug parties with Halston pajamas: Thrown.

Byrds members who were marginally talented at best, per Terry Melcher: Four of the five.

Does that explain this tweet by former Byrd David Crosby: Probably!

Songs sold to Bobby Darin: Three.

Rumored affair between Doris Day and Sly Stone: Touched upon.

Does Karina Longworth imitate Charles Manson: No.  (She does imitate stuntman Gary Kent.)

Who does imitate Manson: Nate DiMeo, host of The Memory Palace podcast.

Does Karina imitate anyone: Yes (Sharon Tate, Terry Melcher).

Marty Melcher, bad at money/Doris Day, bilked: Detailed.

Creepy crawls: Not named inaccurately.

Actions taken for Manson’s talent showcase: Bathing, a haircut, purchases of deerskin, stripping.

Star Wars actors’ fathers compared to Charles Manson by Candice Bergen: One (Eddie Fisher).

Byrds albums with way too many strings: One (Byrdmaniax).


Wait a minute, Terry Melcher co-wrote “Kokomo”: He did.

Holy shit: That’s what I said, too.

Also mentioned: Sly Stone’s unreliable memory, missing telescopes, drunk ranch hands getting the hell beaten out of them.