b. James William Guercio, 1945. A former student of classical composition at the University of Chicago, Guercio gravitated from mid-west bar bands to a spell in the backing group of Dick Clark’s Caravan Show. He was briefly involved with the embryonic Mothers Of Invention before securing fame as a producer with the Buckinghams, whose 1966 single, ‘Kind Of A Drag’, topped the US charts. Guercio maintained his association with the group over the next two years and the brass sound of their later recordings anticipated the producer’s work with Blood, Sweat And Tears and Chicago. Although renowned for such jazz rock experiments, he also found artistic success with two contrasting acts, Moondog and the Illinois Speed Press. In the 70s Guercio founded James William Guercio Enterprises which included the Caribou Recording Studio. He produced, directed and scored the film Electra Glide In Blue (1972) and three years later became the Beach Boys’ manager, as well as their in-concert bass player. Their relationship subsequently soured, and Guercio has continued to pursue his diverse business interests.
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