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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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im 14 and in love with this man. Literally spend all of my time listening to him, along with Genesis songs of course
the light blinds from behind and your fears leave you hollow inside as you fight not to lay down and die remember what you've seen the end will not be this number is still open when you are in need to leave your enemies at bay and be free even as they hunt your sent and think they have their prey your thoughts are herd and salvation is on the way before that day even before you start to pray a savior will pull you from the grave your life will not be forfeit it will be saved come what may
1. Kiss your hand
2. Say your crush name
3. Close your hand
3. Choose a school day
4. Post this on 5 more other songs
Love it. Great song :)
paul.j.gerva i s
A true master of song writing indeed!
don.leinwebe r 6
One of the best with a true message. His songs identify.
This man cannot sing a bad song. No matter what he's singing, it's always beautiful, inspirationa l , and uplifting.
Thank you, Phil Collins.
LOVE THIS SONG IN THE AIR TONIGHT BY PHIL COLLINS .
LIKE !!!!!!!
You have inspired my heart to believe in love, although it's not here yet, I still believe. Thanks you are a fundamental musician that will always be in my heart. I love you
My heart aches and a few tears fall....
I wish I was in his heart from now on and forever, but I guess he doesn't love me that way anymore.... * what is a lady to do to get and keep a gentleman*?? ? ? ?
Great music
serenaspacey
He has the romantic voice i've ever heard.....
Great musician!
bsoutherland 2 8
Great Music!
clairesabati e r 2
I. Love. This. Song.

:). I. Love. This. Song
FHIL.
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First started listening to Phil in San Diego in 1980's.
Phil sings some of the best love songs that I have ever heard. For all those, I will forever love Phil Collins and his music.
That's the bomb.!!!!!!! !
Phil...legen d .
Ur the only one who really knew me at all
cornhofffami l y
Lol lol lol lol lol awesome
Hot
I love his voice. Its easy to recognize
The songs are still as good now as they were back then..... love it
I have loved you since I was 12 and you're still a top 3 with me!
SING IT PHIL FROM THE HEART .......
Concert any soon
As good as the CD!
True Gem
Even after twenty years of listening to Phil....I love him more and more :-)
I love Phil's music it's good
I really love him so much for the great arist
rararlene
The Best ever!! If you can see him in concert go!!
LYRICS???
dragonlady60 8 8
Love this song and phil
erika_862000
What a beautiful song
Sing it Phil
scramer27
Do you have a INSTAGRAM
scramer27
I like your song's
susan.peeble s
Thank you for the voice of Phil Collins.
Phil is a great singer. Love The Song.
I CAN FEEL IT COME IN THE AIR TONIGHT SING IT PHILL KUZ YOU'RE THE BEST FROM THE WEST THIS IS CARLOS. CARRERA
I will always love him, grew up listening to him
love4horses9 3
Phil Collins is my FAVORITE 80s singer!! His voice is amazing and so distinctive! ! I knew his songs even before he starts singing because he always used such unique tones & beats! How the instruments were played was fantastic!! He's also the only singer, in my opinion, that sounded FANTASTIC live!!!!
I'VE BEEN TRYING ALSO LONG ONE MORE NIGHT YEA YEA YEA THIS SONG IS THE S**T HAHAHA
Phil number one
Not only a great artist, but even a greater... INDIVIDUAL! if you are ever lucky enough to meet him and spend but 5 minutes with him, you will then know exactly what I'm talking about!!
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