Phil Collins

Born 30 January 1951.
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Phil Collins is inducted into the Singers Hall of Fame

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Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and writer, best known both as drummer and vocalist for rock group Genesis and as a solo artist. He sang the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, ranged from the atmospheric "In the Air Tonight", dance-rock of "Sussudio", piano-driven power ballad "Against All Odds", to the political and religious connotations of "Another Day in Paradise".

Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group's drummer and became their vocalist in 1975 following the departure of their original frontman Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. Collins's total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million. Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.

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  1. Review of Going Back

    Going Back 2010

    Reviewed by David Sheppard
    Collins’ trawl through the Hitsville USA songbook is surprising and disarming.
  2. Review of Love Songs: A Compilation...Old And New

    Love Songs: A Compilation...Old And New 2004

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    For many, the pairing of the words 'Phil Collins' and 'Love Song' will make them speed...
  3. Review of No Jacket Required

    No Jacket Required 1985

    Reviewed by Paul Lester
    Third album from the hip hoppers’ favourite 80s superstar.