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Music isn't only thing Caribou's Guercio has turned to gold

Published January 25, 2008 at midnight

James Guercio, with his daughter Kate inside the ranch's main lodge, has a variety of business interests outside the music industry.

James Guercio, with his daughter Kate inside the ranch's main lodge, has a variety of business interests outside the music industry.

Caribou Ranch owner James Guercio would like a book written about the ranch, but it should really be about him.

The Chicago native, 62, picked up the guitar at 5, playing traditional Italian music for Sunday dinner. He later toured with Dick Clark's traveling rock revue, wrote hits for Chad & Jeremy, produced the Grammy Award-winning album of the year for Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago's biggest hits.

He revived the Beach Boys in the '70s, founded Country Music Television and is a major landowner in Colorado and Montana. He also has his hand in cattle ranching, as well as energy and mineral investments. On the side, Guercio has amassed one of the world's largest private collections of Gen. George Custer's papers.

Guercio has been married more than 30 years to the former Lucy Angle, a '60s and '70s supermodel who appeared on the covers of Elle, Mademoiselle, Look and more. She does extensive volunteer work for groups that range from Meals on Wheels to the Center of the American West.

Youngest son Peter Guercio is a junior at the University of Colorado. Will Guercio, 28, handles the real estate and development portions of the Guercio empire; he brokered the first subdivision approved in Nederland in 25 years.

Daughter Kate graduated from Duke University, was a talent agent in Hollywood for years, then came home for her MBA and now is chief operating officer of Guercio's Caribou holdings.

"My role is to put myself out of work," Jim Guercio said.

Caribou Records is being revived with the March reissue of the late Beach Boys member Dennis Wilson's only solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, with a second disc of unreleased Wilson songs.

"It's the only piece of Beach Boys work that somebody else owns (besides the Beach Boys)," Guercio said.

Caribou Films also is gearing up to produce movies from Ivan Doig (The Whistling Season) and Les Roberts (The Irish Sports Pages), with scripts nearly complete.

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