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Sometimes credited as Danny Kootch or Dan Kootch or Dan Kortchmar or Kootch (following his teenage nickname), in the early sixties he met James Taylor on Martha’s Vineyard and they began to play folk gigs locally. With Kootch on guitar and James on harmonica, the vocal duo did pretty well, winning the occasional hootenanny contest.
He then emerged as a member of several aspiring New York '60s groups, as the Kingbees and Flying Machine, the latter of which featured his fellow James Taylor.
With the Kingbees, he released three singles on RCA, What She Does To Me/That Ain't Love , On Your Way Down The Drain/Rhythm And Blues  and Lost In The Shuffle/Hardly (part 3) .
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