Billy Nicholls started out as a teenage songwriter for Immediate Records (the English home of the Small Faces, Humble Pie and other acts) before getting the opportunity to record his own album at age 18. Greatly influenced by the Beach Boys and the Beatles' studio explorations, Nicholls put his all in 1968 into a work called Would You Believe, only to watch his record label collapse before the record's release. But Nicholls carried on, recording sporadically, working with acts like the Who, and writing hits for such extravagantly coiffed colleagues as Roger Daltrey and Leo Sayer, as well as for the more follicly challenged Phil Collins. As Nicholls carried on over the years, the reputation surrounding Would You Believe kept growing, and the long-lost album was finally released in 1999. It was quickly revealed to be one of the few "buried treasures" that actually lived up to the legend surrounding it.