Phil Collins

Phil Collins

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Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins LVO (born 30 January 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboardist and actor best known as a drummer and vocalist for English progressive rock group Genesis and as a Grammy and Academy Award-winning solo artist. Collins sang the lead vocals on eight American chart-toppers between 1984 and 1989; seven as a solo artist and one with Genesis. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Hits
    Hits
  • Face Value
    Face Value
  • No Jacket Required
    No Jacket Required
  • ...Hits
    ...Hits
  • ...But Seriously
    ...But Seriously
  • Hello, I Must Be Going
    Hello, I Must Be Going
  • But Seriously
    But Seriously
  • Tarzan
    Tarzan
  • Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New (disc 1)
    Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New (disc 1)
  • Testify
    Testify
  • Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Danish Version)
    Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Danish Version)
  • Hello, I Must Be Going!
    Hello, I Must Be Going!
  • Both Sides
    Both Sides
  • Love Songs
    Love Songs
  • Dance Into The Light
    Dance Into The Light
  • Brother Bear
    Brother Bear
  • A Hot Night In Paris
    A Hot Night In Paris
  • Serious Hits... Live!
    Serious Hits... Live!
  • Serious Hits...Live!
    Serious Hits...Live!
  • The Platinum Collection
    The Platinum Collection
  • Serious Hits ... Live!
    Serious Hits ... Live!
  • Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Italian Version)
    Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Italian Version)
  • 12
    12"ers
  • Phil Collins
    Phil Collins
  • Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Spanish Version)
    Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Spanish Version)
  • In the Air Tonight
    In the Air Tonight
  • Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Swedish Version)
    Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Swedish Version)
  • Live and Loose in Paris
    Live and Loose in Paris
  • 12''ers
    12''ers
  • Platinum Collection
    Platinum Collection
  • Best Ballads
    Best Ballads
  • Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New (disc 2)
    Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New (disc 2)
  • Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Dutch Version)
    Tarzan Original Soundtrack (Dutch Version)
  • The Very Best Of
    The Very Best Of
  • Another Day in Paradise
    Another Day in Paradise
  • You'll Be in My Heart
    You'll Be in My Heart
  • True Colors
    True Colors
  • Look Through My Eyes
    Look Through My Eyes
  • Son of Man
    Son of Man
  • Way Can't It Wait 'Til Morning
    Way Can't It Wait 'Til Morning
  • Live USA
    Live USA
  • Lalo's Selection: Best of Phil Collins and Genesis
    Lalo's Selection: Best of Phil Collins and Genesis
  • Wake Up Call
    Wake Up Call
  • Strangers Like Me
    Strangers Like Me
  • Everyday
    Everyday
  • Sussudio
    Sussudio
  • Both Sides of the Story
    Both Sides of the Story
  • Collection 2000
    Collection 2000

Phil Collins. Artist Bio

Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins LVO (born 30 January 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboardist and actor best known as a drummer and vocalist for English progressive rock group Genesis and as a Grammy and Academy Award-winning solo artist.

Collins sang the lead vocals on eight American chart-toppers between 1984 and 1989; seven as a solo artist and one with Genesis. His singles, often dealing with lost love, ranged from the atmospheric In the Air Tonight, to the dance pop of Sussudio, to the political statements of his most successful song, "Another Day in Paradise". His international popularity transformed Genesis from a progressive rock group to a regular on the pop charts and an early MTV mainstay. According to britishhitsongwriters.com he is the forty-eighth most successful songwriter in U.K. singles chart history based on weeks that his compositions have spent on the chart.

Collins' professional career began as a drummer, first with obscure rock group Flaming Youth and then more famously with Genesis. 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. On Gabriel's departure in 1975, Collins became the group's lead singer. As the decade closed, Genesis' first international hit, "Follow You, Follow Me", demonstrated a drastic change from the band's early years.

His concurrent solo career, heavily influenced by his personal life, brought both him and Genesis commercial success. According to Atlantic Records, Collins' total worldwide sales as a solo artist, as of 2002, were 150 million.

Phil Collins, announced in March 2011 that he is retiring from the music business. "I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis," Phil Collins wrote on his website. He refers to his two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, with his third wife Orianne Cevey, whom he divorced in 2008.

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