Phil Collins

If you were born in the 1960’s you probably heard many of the hit songs that Phil Collins (actual legal name Philip David Charles Collins) penned, sang or produced in his much storied career. Phil Collins was born on January 30, 1951 and entered the music world initially as the drummer and singer for the band Genesis. The original band members initially included Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett. Phil Collins later joined the band in 1970 and replaced Peter Gabriel as the lead vocalist when Peter Gabriel left in 1975. Genesis in their heyday sold over 130 million records worldwide. Part of that success has to fall on Phil Collins who was both the drummer and vocalist. The multitalented Phil Collins later started a successful solo career and is one of the best-selling music singers with sales of approximately 150 million. He has been heralded as one of the most successful singers of the 80’s.

How can fans forget many of his chart topping songs including the popular ballad “Against All Odds” which was the leading single for the movie of the same name, and his other hits “Sussudio”, “Another Day in Paradise” and ”In the Air tonight” which are just some of his worldwide hits. Of course his cover of “You can’t hurry love” originally from the Supremes, became one of Phil Collins’ top hits and his first UK chart topping No. 1 single. He has been recognized in the music industry by winning seven Grammy Awards, and awards in the UK including multiple Brit Awards. His peak of popularity was in the early 1980’s through 1990’s. His music career was not where his talent ended. He was also quite successful in his acting career. He retired from the music industry in 2011, but he has now recently indicated that he is coming out of retirement. How the public will perceive the return of this 1980’s icon is still to be determined, however, with the talent that Phil Collins has, few would bet against the odds that his comeback will be a success.

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