Phil Collins

Born Jan 30, 1951

Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, RVO is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist 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.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Phil Collins.


1951 Birth Philip David Charles Collins was born on 30 January 1951 in Chiswick, the son of Winifred M. "June" (née Strange), a theatrical agent, and Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent. … Read More


1970 19 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In August 1970, Collins became Genesis's new drummer. … Read More


1971 - 1974 3 More Events
1975 24 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Collins has been championed by modern artists in diverse genres, including indie rock groups The 1975, Generationals, Neon Indian, Yeasayer, St. Lucia and Sleigh Bells, electronica artist Lorde, and soul singer Diane Birch, who said in 2014, "Collins walks a really fine line between being really cheesy and being really sophisticated. … Read More
1976 25 Years Old For the album's 1976 tour, Collins accepted an offer from former Yes and King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford to play drums while Collins sang vocals. … Read More
1977 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Wind & Wuthering is the last album recorded with Hackett before his 1977 departure. … Read More
1978 - 1979 2 More Events
1980 29 Years Old 1 More Event
After Banks and Rutherford rejoined with Collins, work began on Duke, released in 1980. … Read More


1981 30 Years Old Following an invitation by record producer Martin Lewis, Collins made his debut live performance as a solo artist at an Amnesty International benefit show The Secret Policeman's Other Ball at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, in September 1981. … Read More
In early 1982, Collins produced and played on Something's Going On, the third solo album by Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA, followed by recording most of the drum tracks on Pictures at Eleven by Robert Plant.
1983 32 Years Old In May 1983, Collins recorded Genesis with Banks and Rutherford. … Read More
In 1984, Collins released "Against All Odds", the main theme for the Against All Odds (1984) which was produced by Arif Mardin, one of the few songs from Collins that he did not produce himself. … Read More
Collins released his most successful album, the Diamond-certified No Jacket Required, in February 1985. … Read More
1986 35 Years Old March 1986 saw the release of "No One Is to Blame", a hit single by Howard Jones which included Collins on drums, backing vocals, and co-production alongside Padgham.
1987 36 Years Old Collins was one of the drummers, backing vocalists, and producers on Eric Clapton's 1987 album August. … Read More
In 1989, Collins worked on his fourth studio album But Seriously, and appeared on The Who Tour 1989, performing the role of young Tommy's wicked Uncle Ernie in a reprisal of the rock opera Tommy (a part originally played by their late drummer, Keith Moon).


1991 - 1997 7 More Events
1998 47 Years Old 1 More Event
The Phil Collins Big Band completed a world tour in 1998 that included a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. … Read More
In 1999 Collins reunited with Genesis to re-record "The Carpet Crawlers" for the compilation album Turn It On Again: The Hits. … Read More
2000 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, Collins became partially deaf in one ear due to a viral infection. … Read More


2001 - 2004 5 More Events
2006 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, he worked with Disney on a musical production of Tarzan.
2007 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007 they were honoured at the second annual VH1 Rock Honors, performing "Turn It On Again", "No Son of Mine" and "Los Endos" at the ceremony in Las Vegas.
2009 58 Years Old In October 2009, it was reported that Collins was to record a Motown covers album. … Read More
In March 2010, Collins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis at a ceremony in New York City.


2011 - 2013 5 More Events
On 24 January 2014, Collins announced in an interview with Inside South Florida that he was writing new compositions with fellow English singer Adele. … Read More
2015 64 Years Old 1 More Event
He revealed in 2015 that he hadn't consumed alcohol in three years.
In January 2016, Collins said he was back with his third wife and they were living together in the house he had bought in Miami.
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