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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). They released three singles on RCA Records.
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. 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"
The band is not to be confused with the 1980's rockabilly, power pop, and New Wave band named The Kingbees.