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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.
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/phil-collins-mn0000337119

| Closed on 03/06/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
17 Fans 
35%a. 10 (He's Awesome)
35%b. 7-9 (He's Good)
18%c. 5-6 (He's Ok)
6%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of him)
6%e. HE SUCKS!

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#3 | 535 days ago

I liked his music, and still do, with Genesis and solo.  Sussudio sounde like a local pizza place, Vesuvios...so, being the lyrics changer that I am..."There's a pie that's been on my mind...all the time...Ve-su su suvios"
10 (He's Awesome)  
  
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#1 | 535 days ago

(Edited by Green_eyed_Deja)
I first liked him when he was still with Genesis and did the album Abacab. just some rally awesome sounds in that one!
7-9 (He's Good)  
#2 | 535 days ago

I got hip to him from Genesis and the song In the air tonight played all over the place- especially the train scene from Risky Business and was also the theme song for Miami Vice
5-6 (He's Ok)  
#3 | 535 days ago

I liked his music, and still do, with Genesis and solo.  Sussudio sounde like a local pizza place, Vesuvios...so, being the lyrics changer that I am..."There's a pie that's been on my mind...all the time...Ve-su su suvios"
10 (He's Awesome)  
#4 | 535 days ago

yes.
10 (He's Awesome)  
#5 | 535 days ago

In the Air Tonight is an good song, so is I Wish It Would Rain Down on Me with Eric Clapton on guitar, but I'm not really a fan.
5-6 (He's Ok)  
#6 | 535 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
yes.
what she said ^^^^^^
10 (He's Awesome)  
#7 | 535 days ago

I liked him.

I liked Genesis, of course Sussudio ...and Do you Remember
                                                                     
                                                                     In The Air Tonight

He had easy listening music....
7-9 (He's Good)  
#8 | 535 days ago

I unabashedly love both Collins solo and Genesis. I'm aware how lame and white that makes me.
10 (He's Awesome)  
#9 | 535 days ago

Ever since "The Hangover", In The Air Tonight has taken on a new meaning for me...I can't hear that song without thinking of Mike Tyson
10 (He's Awesome)  
#10 | 533 days ago

I like him. I like Genesis.  I like almost all of the music.
7-9 (He's Good)  
#11 | 533 days ago

I loved Genesis up to and including The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.............Phil Collins is a very good drummer.
1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of him)  
#12 | 140 days ago

Green_eyed_Deja wrote:
I first liked him when he was still with Genesis and did the album Abacab. just some rally awesome sounds in that one!
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