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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 a surprise to him as it was to many others. Balding and diminutive, the Genesis drummer-turned-vocalist 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 in his late 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 didn't chart highly, 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 him revisiting the Motown hits that so influenced him and featured three of the surviving Funk Brothers -- guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette, and bassist Bob Babbitt.

After some time spent out of the spotlight, much of it spent recovering from physical ailments, Collins returned in 2014 to play a couple of songs at his sons' school and to write songs with Adele. Soon after he began work on reissuing his solo albums, sorting through the archives for demos and live recordings to flesh them out. Beginning in early 2016, Warner Music Group began releasing the discs in pairs, with new portraits of Collins on the covers in place of the original images. While rumors of autobiographies and world tours swirled, Collins did actually return to the stage in March of 2016, performing at Little Dreams Foundation Benefit Gala in Miami. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Going Back

1. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)

2. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave

3. Uptight (Everything's Alright)

4. Some Of Your Lovin'

5. In My Lonely Room

6. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me For A Little While)

7. Blame It On The Sun

8. Papa Was A Rolling Stone

9. Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer

10. Standing In The Shadows Of Love

11. Do I Love You

12. Jimmy Mack

13. Something About You

14. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone

15. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

16. Going To A Go-Go

17. Talkin About My Baby

18. Going Back

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Track List: Love Songs: A Compilation... Old And New

Disc 1

1. Tearing And Breaking

2. Do You Remember?

3. One More Night

4. Against All Odds

5. Can't Turn Back The Years

6. Groovy Kind Of Love

7. Everyday

8. Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away

10. This Must Be Love

12. Can't Stop Loving You

Disc 2

1. Testify

3. You'll Be In My Heart

4. If Leaving Me Is Easy

5. I've Been Trying

6. I've Forgotten Everything

7. Somewhere

8. Least You Can Do

9. Two Hearts

10. Separate Lives (Live)

11. My Girl (Live)

12. Always (Live)

13. The Way You Look Tonight (Live)

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Track List: Testify

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Track List: Dance Into The Light

1. Dance Into The Light

2. That's What You said

3. Lorenzo

4. Just Another Story

5. Love Police

6. Wear My Hat

7. It's In Your Eyes

8. Oughta Know By Now

9. Take Me Down

10. The Same Moon

11. River So Wide

12. No Matter Who

13. The Times They Are A-changin'

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Track List: Both Sides

1. Both Sides Of The Story

2. Can't Turn Back The Years

3. Everyday

4. I've Forgotten Everything

5. We're Sons Of Our Fathers

6. Can't Find My Way

7. Survivors

8. We Fly So Close

9. There's A Place For Us

10. We Wait And We Wonder

11. Please Come Out Tonight

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Track List: Serious Hits...Live!

1. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven (Live)

2. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) (Live)

3. Who Said I Would (Live)

4. One More Night (Live)

5. Don't Lose My Number (Live)

6. Do You Remember? (Live)

7. Another Day In Paradise (Live)

8. Separate Lives (Live)

9. In The Air Tonight (Live)

10. You Can't Hurry Love (Live)

11. Two Hearts (Live)

12. Sussudio (Live)

13. A Groovy Kind Of Love (Live)

14. Easy Lover (Live)

15. Take Me Home (Live)

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Track List: ...But Seriously

1. Hang In Long Enough

2. That's Just The Way It Is

3. Do You Remember?

4. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven

5. Colours

6. I Wish It Would Rain Down

7. Another Day In Paradise

8. Heat On The Street

9. All Of My Life

10. Saturday Night And Sunday Morning

11. Father To Son

12. Find A Way To My Heart

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Track List: Hello, I Must Be Going!

1. I Don't Care Anymore

2. I Cannot Believe It's True

3. Like China

4. Do You Know, Do You Care?

5. You Can't Hurry Love

6. It Don't Matter To Me

7. Thru These Walls

8. Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away

9. The West Side

10. Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning

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Track List: Face Value

1. In The Air Tonight

2. This Must Be Love

3. Behind The Lines

4. The Roof Is Leaking

5. Droned

6. Hand In Hand

7. I Missed Again

8. You Know What I Mean

9. Thunder And Lightning

10. I'm Not Moving

11. If Leaving Me Is Easy

12. Tomorrow Never Knows

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Track List: (Love Is Like A) Heatwave (Radio Single)

1. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave

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Pump it up EASY LOVER....... .
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Years of pleasure listening to this talented artist. It still inspires me as it did the first time. Thanks Phil. You are truly the greatest.
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I Love the song you'll be my heart !!!!!!!
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Love the song you will be in my heart that was my moms and dads wedding song
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Phil's the most talented musicians in the world, love everything he's done! Truly committed to excellence in his art, it'd be great if everyone embraced life to this degree!!
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Please show Phil some love in case he is reading this. Big Love for him. Ya!
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Love you Phil....
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Your're the only one who really knew me...
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I don't care what you say....I don't play the same games YOU.....PLAY . . . . I DONT CARE ANYMORE...I' l l do alright by myself.....I DONT ...C A R E!!!!!!!!!NO M O R E . . . . . . X . . . . . . O O O O O O O O O O O
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I love it
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He is an amazing human being beyond his singing career...... L o v e this man! He makes a statement... . . . . . . . . . n e e d more of Phil's in the world.......
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Your an a amazing singer and song writer. You made my child hood great.
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Love his music
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He has a new solo album in the works for the future. I have his Serious hits live and Testify albums. Look for a new release of ...But Seriously in stores this summer/fall
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Pheill Colin is
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Phil Collins was the best vocalist of "Genesis";he was related to Peter Gabriel.
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Truly a tour de force Miami Vice anyone!!! A must in air drumming!!!! !
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I like your songs you makes .
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One more night...Don' t think so I want forever!!!!
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Love me some Phil
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While Mr Collins dose not know it, he wrote this song about my conversion to Christianity and turning from all the lies of the world...well , that's what is personal to me about this beautiful song.
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Jesus I love the drum bet in this, this ranks in my top ten of best songs ever
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Why does his biography not mention the collaboratio n with Disney and the Tarzan movie music? I think that is a big void in the article.
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Have you started recording your new album yet?
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Ok, ok, ok,.... This is a bad guy. Bad meaning good. Thanks .. Phil.
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I LOVE PHIL COLLINS... You're THE BEST
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You are truly my favorite male singer, your voice is so romantic, and so soooo handsome ,wow
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My dad loves you so so so so much!!!!��
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