This article is from the James Taylor FAQ, by Joel Risberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
From the liner notes of one of the many versions of this album:
We first knew Kootch and Joel it was the winter of 66. They were in a
group called the "King Bees" and we were all working on a rock film that
for good reason never escaped. During that time Kootch kept telling us
about his friend James and that they were planning to start a new group
after the film was completed. The group, (Kootch, James, Joel and
another friend) came up to our office at 1650 broadway and played us some
songs that James had written. Somewhere between the "Nightowl" (that's
the place in the village where they were working) and 1650 we made plans
to make some records. There were the usual hassles in getting things
going but we finally got into the studio and did some work. "Nightowl",
was released as a single and made some noise. Next thing we knew James
was going off somewhere to get himself together. After a while the Apple
album was released and then another but this is where it all started.
-- Al Gorgoni, Chip Taylor