Terry Porter, Agent and "Green Tambourine" Drummer, Dies at 73

Terry Porter
Courtesy of Claire Hutchinson

Terry Porter

He also exec produced the 2005 documentary 'An Animated Life: The Phil Roman Story.'

Terry Porter, an agent and film and music executive who played drums for the '60s rock group The Lemon Pipers on their No. 1 hit, "Green Tambourine," has died. He was 73.

Porter died Monday of heart failure in Sun City West, Arizona, his wife, screenwriter Claire Hutchinson, announced.

Porter worked as an agent since 1990, and his clients included the filmmaking brothers Kenny and Kyle Saylors and writer-producer Jack Thompson. He also served as an executive producer on the 2005 documentary An Animated Life: The Phil Roman Story and ran Flat Rock Motion Pictures and Flat Rock Records.

As a music booker and manager, Porter worked with the likes of Billy Cobham, George Duke, Weather Report, Yank Rachell, Pat Webb, Darlene Day and Susan Jansen.

Porter was a member of the Ohio-based Lemon Pipers when they recorded "Green Tambourine" at Buddha Records. After he was drafted into the Vietnam War and replaced by drummer William E. Albaugh, the psychedelic song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1968.

In addition to his wife, survivors include children Shelby and Dean, brother Fred and two grandchildren.