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Phil Collins

Phil Collins' ascent to the status of one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond was probably as much of a surprise to him as it was to many others. Balding and diminutive, Collins was almost 30 years old when his first solo single, "In the Air Tonight," became a number two hit in his native U.K. (the song was a Top 20 hit in the U.S.). Between 1984 and 1990, Collins had a string of 13 straight U.S. Top Ten hits.

Long before any of that happened, however, Collins was a child actor/singer who appeared as the Artful Dodger in the London production of Oliver! in 1964. (He also has a cameo in A Hard Day's Night, among other films.) He got his first break in music at the end of his teens, when he was chosen to be a replacement drummer in the British art rock band Genesis in 1970. (Collins maintained a separate jazz career with the band Brand X as well.)

Genesis was fronted by singer Peter Gabriel. They had achieved a moderate level of success in the U.K. and the U.S., with elaborate concept albums, before Gabriel abruptly left in 1974. Genesis auditioned 400 singers without success, then decided to let Collins have a go. The result was a gradual simplifying of Genesis' sound and an increasing focus on Collins' expressive, throaty voice. And Then There Were Three... went gold in 1978, and Duke was even more successful.

Collins made his debut solo album, Face Value, in 1981, which turned out to be a bigger hit than any Genesis album. It concentrated on Collins' voice, often in stark, haunting contexts such as the piano-and-drum dirge "In the Air Tonight," which sounded like something from John Lennon's debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

During the '80s, Collins was enormously successful in balancing his continuing solo work with his membership in Genesis. In 1992, Genesis released We Can't Dance and began an extensive tour. Upon its completion Collins released Both Sides in 1993, and the record became his first album not to produce a major hit single or go multi-platinum. In 1995, he announced that he was leaving Genesis permanently. The following year, he released Dance into the Light. Although the album was a flop, its subsequent supporting tour was a success.

The Hits collection followed in 1998, and a year later Collins made his first big-band record, Hot Night in Paris. The song cycle Testify arrived in 2002, and his next studio-recorded solo release was 2010's Going Back, which saw Collins revisiting the Motown hits that so influenced him and featuring three of the surviving Funk Brothers -- guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette and bassist Bob Babbitt. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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angie011974
Great music!!
does phil Collins listen to Pandora?
You'll be in my heart
michellew062
U should do more songs like these
michellew062
You are so good at singing
Good song
I DON'T MEAN no disrespect but it should HAVE BEEN Don Negron not ray Wilson. ..I SORRY and practices singing your music since 1975. Both Phil and peter and don't forget Tony. . I MEAN PHILLIP TRYING TO SPIT OUT THE LYRICS THAT TONY WROTE WOULD DRIVE ME A BIT **&#*/!/@*/@ ?
I NEVER ASKED YOU FOR A POUND THE MONEY TRAVELING ALL ON ME BUT YOUR CREW SPAT AT ME KNOW
Songs are good and bad at the same times.
abigailjerom e 1 7
good song
Miss you performing.. .
I hate your videos what you can do it Michael ugly face I hate your ugly what are you effing sucky sucky you
Can the next week
So much talent - and awesome
You're the best singer/song writerever
I love you songs especially the song from brother bear look through my eyes
as the sound of your pulse beats the corse and they persue with every force escape seems to abort but before your will folds the last message takes hold, don't loose this number in time it will save you when you drop the dime. capture is of your foe but cunning keeps eluding there toll, with seconds the clock ticks away to distance you from fate the adversarys constant debate in the final hour it seems luck runs out but just hold on salvation is about, just now a hand is reaching to pull you out
Yes, now that's music. Not the stuff being produced today.
His music is awsome
Like his songs there awsome
nrivers160
Wuvualways@n d 4 e v e r u b g b a d a z z w o n k
Love
he's awesome
Love me some Phil. Always
Very interesting info. Didn't realize he had an acting background too.
I love evy song on drother dare and this is my favor
Good song
I'm shy
mlozano24
HI you that love's this song

i was living in ft.lauderdal e . fla. at the time this song came out!!!!! love you phil!!!!
mlozano24
I love this song
True Blue
yeah, Phil is pretty cool!
bchilka

it's on speed dail
;)
my favorite song from him is you'll be in my heart love that song so much and love him also <3
normanj7
I think it is funny that they don't mention his Disney songs, because that is where a lot of people heard him from, well at least the people I know.
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This the s**t...
YOLO
Beautiful singer. His voice is so....WOW!!!
I love this man awesome singer
Loved Miami Vice!!!!!!!! !
Amazing singer this song was in tv series Miami Vice
He's amazing against all odds! !!!!
I love this song so much
LOVE IT
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