''"If you were going to put together a list of grandfathers who could totally rock your damned ass off at will, Phil Collins would be near the top of it."
— Rolling Stone Magazine
Phil Collins (born January 30, 1951) is an English singer-songwriter and occasional actor, best known as the drummer for Genesis
and as a successful solo artist. Collins has won seven Grammys, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar over his long career.
Collins joined Genesis before the sessions for their third album, Nursery Cryme
. At first, he was only the drummer, but became lead vocalist for the band after Peter Gabriel
's departure. In the late 1970s he continued a busy career as a session drummer as well, working with former bandmate Gabriel and Brian Eno
, among others. Collins is credited with transforming Genesis from a prog band to a pop band, and his time as lead singer was the most commercially successful era for the band.
Collins has also had a tremendously successful solo career, selling 33 million records in the US alone with one diamond album (No Jacket Required
) there. His biggest hits include "In the Air Tonight," "Sussudio," "One More Night," and "Another Day in Paradise." He also composed
the songs for the Disney
animated films Tarzan
and Brother Bear
, as well as three for Buster
, in which he also starred.
Outside of music, Collins is a supporter of animal rights and PETA, and donates to the Prince's Trust charity, resulting in his appointment to a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.
He is also the father of actress Lily Collins
, whose credits include The Blind Side
, Mirror, Mirror
, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
He retired from the music industry in 2011 to spend more time with his family, however in late 2013 he indicated he was writing music again and might consider touring in the future.
- Face Value (1981)
- Hello, I Must Be Going! (1982)
- No Jacket Required (1985)
- ...But Seriously (1989)
- Both Sides (1993)
- Dance into the Light (1996)
- Testify (2002)
- Going Back (2010)
- Serious Hits... Live! (1990)
- A Hot Night in Paris (1999) (with the Phil Collins Big Band)
- ...Hits (1998)
- Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New (2004)
- The Platinum Collection (2004)
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