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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
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Two Hearts.....♥ +♥ = Love :-)
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So very welcome
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Accepted .. If u knew me u wild c I m not capable of offending anyone !! So glad u apologized
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How can I make this right after such a stupid mistake...
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I love this song and the video
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Great song
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It's too bad they failed to mention his affiliation with Disney.
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Interesting fact that Phil Collins was a possible candidate to produce Def Leppard's Hysteria album. Leppard's initial choice was Lange but due to his unavailabili t y they were given possible choices like Collins and Trevor Horn but chose Jim Steinman from Meatloaf fame. That turned out to be a disaster and Lange finally returned.
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Phil and Genesis r woven into the memories of my life Hard times with a music hand to help me off the ground
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1000000 kids fighting over pizza
















































# the hunger games
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Greatest Phil in the history of rock and roll!
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No
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Hi I love frozen
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Love your voice it AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Wayfarer's on bro
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Has ANYONE ever known a girl named Sussudio? And is he stuttering, is her name Sudio and he's just got a stutter?

Balding and diminutive? That's about right, actually, and you can add fairly homely as well, but that doesn't diminish his musical talent one iot. We worry too much about looks in our culture. If he were sexy and good looking, he would have wound up in one of those incredibly disgusting boy bands. I'll take balding and diminutive along with talent any day of the week.
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Great music
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"Balding and diminutive" is no way to describe Phil!!!! Per the bio!!!!!
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I love your music thank you so much
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You are awesome
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Me too
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Awful bio... Could have been written with more " Umph"...
Balding and diminutive?? ? ?
WTF
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For those that need help!!!!! Pandora heard u !!!!! LYRICS
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Here
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Susan Peters, are you out there... Kfn
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MAGNIFICO !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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This r s**t lil bro
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True love
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I remember my Colombia
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you are amsome
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From the ole days of Genesis man...look how far you have soared? Such a talent, and...an incredible drummer. From the old days man, best wishes for continued success in whatever your genre. Phil Collins rocks. Let me know if your ever playing in Northern California or the Bay area, I'll be there.
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Love the video Be as you are
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
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Look under your pillow
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I remember him in a few Miami vice episodes as well! Very talented guy.
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Sorry it doesn't work.
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Kiss your hand 5 times post this on another song and you will have a pigk or a IPhone.
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I Really. Like. Listen To. Your. Music. Thank u. Nancy
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I. Really. Like. To. Listen. To. Your. Music. Thank. U
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In darkness your cries drown all reason as sounds echo bitter treason the night screams for retribution but agony takes hopes under while tearing heart & soul asunder listen a small voice whispers from the past this night will not last remember miracles wrought so many times before when enemies pursued through every door your life's not a gambit soon you will see salvation arrive keeping your life from forfeit on this hellish road you've strived to pull from air dreams lost in death & despair
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Is actually an incredible drummer...Li s t e n to some Brand X and you'll know what I mean
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Karl that's baloney
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life .Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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i love ur music phil and i will forever u r hot to me
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Phil Collins is a Beast. He's always had a creative mind when it comes to music. He's a genius, a force to be reckoned with. Keep making music. You're the man!
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Phil Collins has such a voice that really stands out.....love the voice and the music behind that voice!
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