Phil Collins was born on January 30, 1951. Phil started playing drums at the age of five. His parents enrolled him at an acting school. Completing his acting training helped him land a role as a child actor in “Oliver,” a 1964 movie. First, he became the drummer and later, the lead act for the rock band, Genesis. Beginning in 1980, Collins pursued a solo career. As a solo act, he put together a fantastic discography. He is one of the highest-selling musicians ever. He has had an amazing career by all accounts. Collins has won eight Grammy awards, will he win more? Celebrate this amazing artist here.
Philip David Charles Collins
January 30, 1951
Phil Collins was born in Chiswick, London, United Kingdom. His father, Greville Collins, was an insurance agent, while his mother, June Collins, was a theatrical agent. His mother’s job drew him to the performing arts. As a child, he accompanied his mother to the theaters, and he enjoyed seeing the artists perform. When he was five, his parents got him a drum set and enrolled him at the Barbara Speake arts training school. His training at Barbara Speake helped sharpen his acting and singing skills.
At the age of 14, he played the artful dodger in a British adaptation of “Oliver.” He also played supporting roles in “Calamity the Cow” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Later, he joined the rock band Genesis as a drummer. In 1975, when the lead singer of Genesis left, Collins replaced him. The replacement was supposed to be temporary. However, he performed so well he had to stay. The first album in which Collins sang was called “A Trick of the Tail.” It was a success and cemented his place as the lead singer of the band.
However, most of his success came from his solo performances. In 1981, he released his first solo album titled “Face Value.” It was a wild success. He followed it up with “Hello I Must Be Going” in 1982, which was also a success. In 1985, he released his best project, “No Jacket Required.” The album topped the charts. He also appeared in many movies throughout his career. Some of them include “Frauds,” “Hooks,” and “Balto.” Collins has sold more than 100 million album copies throughout his career, thus making him one of the most successful musicians ever.
After seeing an advertisement for a drumming position, he auditions and joins Genesis as a drummer.
After the exit of the band's lead singer, he temporarily steps in as lead singer but it becomes permanent.
“Face Value” gives him his first taste of solo success when it’s released.
Collins retires from music.
He announces a tour, his first in five years.
Why We Love Phil Collins
He cares about the homeless
In 1989, he made a song to raise awareness about homelessness. Later, he did a concert and donated the proceeds to charities fighting homelessness.
He supports charities
Collins donates all the royalties he earns to the Topsy Foundation in South Africa. He does this to support the fight against H.I.V./AIDS and poverty.
He supports animal rights
He is a public supporter of PETA. He advocates for the ethical treatment of animals.
5 Surprising Facts
He doesn't understand musical notations
He has managed a lifelong career of writing and performing music at the highest level without understanding musical notations.
He practiced by drumming along to broadcasts
As a kid, he drummed along whenever he heard music on the radio or television, and he became better as a result.
He wrote a book
The book is titled “The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey.”
He was a child actor
Collins played the artful dodger in a British adaptation of “Oliver.”
He was a music producer
He produced some songs on Erick Clapton's “Behind the Sun.”
Phil Collins FAQs
How much money did Phil Collins lose in his divorce?
Over his three divorces, he paid almost a third of his wealth ($84 million) to divorcees.
Is Phil Collins deaf?
The drummer suffered deafness in one ear in 2000. It was the result of a viral infection.
Why did Phil Collins retire?
He retired due to age and health issues.
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