Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951) is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, pianist, and actor best known as a drummer and vocalist for British progressive rock group Genesis and as a solo artist.
Collins sang the lead vocals on several chart hits in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1975 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His singles, sometimes dealing with lost love, ranged from the drum-heavy "In the Air Tonight", dance pop of "Sussudio", piano-driven "Against All Odds", to the political statements of "Another Day in Paradise".
Collins's professional music career began as a drummer, originally in a band called The Real Thing with Andrea Bertorelli, who later became his first wife. Collins played drums and shared lead vocals (with Brian Chatton) in Flaming Youth which recorded one album, (Ark II). In 1970, he took over drums for Genesis, which had already recorded two albums. In Genesis, Collins originally supplied backing vocals for front man Peter Gabriel, singing lead on only two songs: "For Absent Friends" from 1971's Nursery Cryme album and "More Fool Me" from Selling England by the Pound, which was released in 1973. Following Gabriel's departure in 1975, Collins became the group's lead singer.
His solo career, heavily influenced by his personal life, brought both himself and Genesis commercial success. According to Atlantic Records, Collins's total worldwide sales as a solo artist, as of 2000, were 150 million. Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, an Academy Award, and two Golden Globes for his solo work. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.
Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist. In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists".
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... Date Song Artist Album Artist 6 January "Another Day in Paradise" Phil Collins...But Seriously Phil Collins 13 January 20 January 27 January 3 February 10 February "Get Up (Before ...
... Various Released October 21, 2003 Recorded March 2003 Length 4850 Label Walt Disney Producer Phil Collins, Mark Mancina Walt Disney Animation Studios ... the film's music composed by Mark Mancina and Phil Collins, as well as songs written by Collins, and performed by Tina Turner, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Oren Waters, The Bulgarian Women's ... in the film consist of the songs performed by Collins as a montage, much like what was done with the earlier Disney soundtrack to film Tarzan, but not entirely ...
9 "Can't Fight This Feeling" REO Speedwagon 3 March 30 "One More Night" Phil Collins 2 April 13 "We Are the World" USA for Africa 4 May 11 "Crazy for You" Madonna 1 May 18 "D. 3 November 16 "We Built This City" Starship 2 November 30 "Separate Lives" Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin 2 December 14 "Broken Wings" Mr ... Wine" UB40 1 October 8 "Groovy Kind of Love" Phil Collins 2 October 22 "Kokomo" The Beach Boys 2 November 5 "Wild, Wild West" The Escape Club 1 November 12 "Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley" Will to ...
2 "I Want to Know What Love Is" Foreigner February 9 "Easy Lover" Philip Bailey and Phil Collins February 16 "Careless Whisper" Wham! featuring George Michael February 23 ... November 23 "We Built This City" Starship November 30 "Separate Lives" Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin December 7 "Broken Wings" Mr ...
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