Phil Collins

Born Jan 30, 1951

Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO 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.… Read More

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  • Phil Collins Is Very Much Alive
    NYTimes - Aug 17, 2016
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    Phil Collins Is Back With Ex Wife After Massive Divorce Settlement
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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, Hounslow, 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 1970, the 19-year-old Collins played percussion on the George Harrison song "Art of Dying", released on his triple album All Things Must Pass. … Read More


Collins also performed on Steve Hackett's first solo album, 1975's Voyage of the Acolyte, on which he sang the lead vocals and played drums. … Read More


1981 30 Years Old Collins made his live debut as a solo performer appearing at the invitation of record producer Martin Lewis at the Amnesty International benefit show, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball at the Theatre Royal in London in September 1981, performing two songs from Face Value including "In the Air Tonight" and "The Roof Is Leaking" accompanied by Troy Street United. … Read More
1982 31 Years Old Much like Face Value, many of the songs from Collins's 1982 follow-up album, Hello, I Must Be Going!, came from Collins's marital problems with his first wife such as "I Don't Care Anymore" and "Do You Know, Do You Care". … Read More
Collins changed his musical style with the release of the ballad, "Against All Odds", which was the main theme song for the movie of the same name in 1984. … Read More
Collins released his most successful album, the Diamond-certified No Jacket Required, which reached No. 1 in U.S. in the summer of 1985. … Read More
1988 37 Years Old Collins's first film role since embarking on his career as a musician came in 1988 with the romantic comedy-drama Buster. … Read More
Collins spent most of 1989 working on his fourth studio album But Seriously.


1991 - 1993 3 More Events
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Collins officially parted ways with Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo career (Genesis would produce one album without Collins—Calling All Stations—before going on hiatus). … Read More
1997 - 1998 2 More Events
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Collins married his third wife, Orianne Cevey, in 1999. They have two sons, Nicholas and Matthew. They bought Sir Jackie Stewart's former house located in Begnins, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva. Announcing their separation on 16 March 2006, they were divorced on 17 August 2008. … Read More
2000 49 Years Old Collins was portrayed in the cartoon South Park in the episode "Timmy 2000" holding his Oscar throughout, referring to his 1999 win for "You'll Be in My Heart", which defeated "Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. … Read More


…  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. … Read More
2003 52 Years Old In 2003, he announced his last solo tour—the "First Final Farewell Tour", a tongue-in-cheek reference to the multiple farewell tours of other popular artists.
2006 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, he worked with Disney on a Broadway production of Tarzan.
2007 - 2009 2 More Events
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 - 2012 3 More Events
2013 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 2013, Collins told German media that he was considering a return to music and speculated that this could mean further live shows with Genesis, stating: "Everything is possible. … Read More
On 24 January 2014, Collins announced in an interview with Inside South Florida that he was writing new compositions with the English musician Adele. … Read More
2015 64 Years Old 1 More Event
On 11 March 2015, in honour of his donation, Collins was named an honorary Texan by the state legislature. … Read More
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