We would like Billy Nicholls to perform his classic album: Would You Believe live. Please.
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This album is much loved by music geeks and lovers of Psychedelia.
It has never been performed live.
Many 60s surviving bands have in recent years successfully toured their late 1960s studio masterpieces that rivaled Pet Sounds and Sgt Pepper.
Among them the actual Beach Boys/Brian Wilson and this year The Zombies: Odessey and Oracle.
Billy Nicholls was originally hired by Andrew Loog Oldham as a staff writer for Oldham's Immediate Records. Oldham was so entranced by the Beach Boys' 1966 album, Pet Sounds that he enlisted songwriter Billy Nicholls (and the Small Faces!) to record a British response, which became this largely forgotten album.
Oldham wanted this to be the British Pet Sounds but financial difficulties with the label caused it to be shelved (it only achieved an initial promotional run of 100 copies, as Immediate IMCP009) before it ever hit the streets.
In 1998, Nicholls re-released it on his own label Southwest Records. It was made more widely available on Sequel Castle Communications (CMQDD1358) records in 1999. Several Sequel/Castle editions have been released since, including a version containing demos from the 60s, also originally first released as Snapshot on Southwest Records in 2000.
A longtime acquaintance and occasional collaborator with Pete Townshend, Nicholls was involved in the Deep End concerts in Brixton and Cannes. He toured with The Who in 1989 and 1996–1997, serving as backup singer and music director; he also provided backing vocals for the band's version of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", which appeared on the tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin.
He has contributed backing vocals for many friends and artists over the years, including uncredited backing vocals on The Nice's 1967 debut single "The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack".
He is presently giging/touring with (Ronnie Lane's!) Slim Chance with many of the original members and additional ones of superlative musical heritage and skills.
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