Bear were an American pop-psych band from New York that released the album Greetings, Children of Paradise on Verve Forecast in 1968. The band were initially called The Children of Paradise for a standalone 1967 single on Columbia. Keyboardist Eric Kaz proceeded to the Blues Magoos and issued two solo albums on Atlantic before resurfacing in American Flyer.

Members: Artie Traum (guitar), Eric Kaz (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Steve Soles (guitar), Skip Boone (bass), Darius Davenport (drums)


  • “Hey, You Got Somethin” / “What Am I Doing Here” (1967 • The Children of Paradise)
  • Greetings, Children of Paradise (1968)

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