The name of two gropus of musicians 1. Today's "Sugarbear" consists of Ivan Bailey on bass, John McLaughlin on lead guitar, and Eric Chick on drums. Ivan and John have been together about 44 years. Started out in Miami as "The Goldtones", later changed to "The Roustabouts". Moved to the Ocala area and became "The Merger" and in 1972 changed the name to "Sugarbear". Eric joined in 2002.
The band is still very popular all around Marion County. Check out their website at www.sugarbearband.freespaces.com