Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Oldies - Polar Bear by Nancy Carole with The Bel Chords

I know absolutely nothing about Nancy Carole. My hunch is that she turned out to be a law professor in New York City, but that's based on some really sketchy research data. I may be way off. But I'm still looking for her! If you know who she is, please let me know!

This is another cute teeny-bopper girl song that I know will drive my son crazy. I love this record. Maybe that's because my oldest daughter loves polar bears so much. Oh, by the way, many people have been concerned lately that climate changes might make the polar bears extinct. That's not at all true. The global polar bear population is five times bigger now than it was 50 years ago. But this song isn't about polar bears. It's about love.

Have a listen to Polar Bear by Nancy Carole backed up by The Bel Chords on UI 500 from 1963:

Don't let the oldies become extinct! Listen to MusicMaster Oldies as often as you can, and please tell all your friends. The oldies are depending on people like you for their survival!


  1. Hi Joe,
    First time I have heard this. She sounds like the Nancy Carole on the record I have owned since the 1980's which is "The Memories We Share"/"My Joey" on Luxor 1028.I am trying to find out more about her myself, as I post songs on my Live 365 oldies show.
    I know I got a few copies of the Luxor release from a dealer in Pittsburgh, Pennylvania who was a local record hound, so that leads me to wonder if that is where she is from, but I have no certainty to that.
    "Polar Bear" is nice, thanks for posting. We have met a few times in the past via ebay.
    Bob Pegg

    1. I have that record too, and I'm quite sure it's the same girl. I think Polar Bear is from 1963 and My Joey is from 1964. I also think she was from New Jersey. The guy who produced these records, credited as Tony Casino, may actually be Gary Cascio, lead singer of New Jersey's Bel Chords, the doo wop group that's credited for backing vocals on Polar Bear. Still, I haven't been able to confirm anything yet. I do recall meeting you. It was back when I was running Great Lakes Records and buying (a lot of) records on eBay. I'm sure you know Rocky from Wisconsin who managed my store when it was still on Burleigh Street in Milwaukee. Thanks for checking out my blog, Bob. Maybe we can run into each other at a record show in the future!

  2. You're quite welcome Joe. You're correct, the times you bought fom me on ebay was that period where you had Great Lakes Records.
    Thanks for your input on Nancy Carole. I never knew of Gary Cascio until now.
    I do know Rocky through a few local friends who traveled to the rockabilly shows in Green Bay and visited Rocky on the way to and from there.
    Keep up the good work on your blog. Our tastes overlap quite a bit. You can hear my record collection at my Live 365 radio station at
    As for record shows, I do attend some here in the Pacific Northwest, but haven't much elsewhere. However, you never know I might try Austin some year and see you there.
    All the best,
    Bob Pegg