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Celebrating Caribou: The Album And The Studio

Written by Chief Editor.

Tomorrow marks 40 years since Elton's Caribou album was released.

It's named for the studio just outside Nederland, Colorado.

In the late 1960s, owner Jim Guercio was a young musician and entrepreneur in the entertainment business. He was looking at ranches throughout the West where he could build a music studio. In 1971, Jim purchased the Caribou Ranch with a vision to transform the recording industry. Guercio wanted a place where he could live and where he could provide lodging, recreational facilities and a state of the art recording studio for producing records and hosting the biggest names in rock and roll – a place where artistry would flourish and history could be made. And that is exactly what he created.

Besides Elton, other notables who came by to record included Stevie Wonder, Chicago, the Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, John Lennon, Jeff Beck, and Joni Mitchell.

As revealed previously by EJW, the Caribou Ranch Recording Studio is to be induced into the Colorado Hall of Fame this year.

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