King Bees (band)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The King Bees were an American New York-based rhythm and blues musical group of the 1960s.[1]

The King Bees were formed around 1964, and consisted of Danny Kortchmar (credited as Danny Kootch) (guitar), Joel O'Brien (drums), Dickie Frank (bass) and John McDuffy (vocals and organ).[1] They released three singles on RCA Records.[1]

After the group disbanded, Kortchmar and O'Brien met again in the Flying Machine, fronted by then-unknown James Taylor, and were later to reunite in Jo Mama.[1] In 2003, after O'Brien's death, they had a memorial where Kortchmar and Frank played.


  • 1965: "That Ain't Love" / "What She Does To Me"
  • 1966: "Rhythm And Blues" / "On Your Way Down To Drain"
  • 1966: "Lost In The Shuffle" / "Hardly - Part III"[2]

The band is not to be confused with the 1980's rockabilly, power pop, and New Wave band named The Kingbees.


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 1374/5. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ "King Bees [RCA] Discography - All Countries". Retrieved 19 September 2021.