Phil Collins

Phil Collins in concert with Genesis in October 1981

Background information

Born HYPERLINK «» \o «January
30» January 30 , HYPERLINK «» \o
«1951» 1951

Origin HYPERLINK «» \o «Chiswick»
Chiswick , HYPERLINK «» \o
«Greater London» London , HYPERLINK
«» \o «England» England

HYPERLINK «» \o «Music genre»
Genre(s) HYPERLINK «» \o «Soft
rock» Soft rock , HYPERLINK «»
\o «Pop music» Pop

«Musical instrument» Instrument(s) HYPERLINK
«» \o «Singer» Vocals , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Drummer» Drums , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Pianist» Piano

Years active 1969—present

HYPERLINK «» \o «Record
label» Label(s) HYPERLINK
«» \o «Atlantic Records»


acts HYPERLINK «» \o
«Genesis (band)» Genesis , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Brand X» Brand X &
«Flaming Youth (band)» Flaming Youth

Website HYPERLINK «» \o

Philip David Charles Collins (born HYPERLINK
«» \o «January 30» January 30 ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «1951» 1951 in
HYPERLINK «» \o «Chiswick»
Chiswick , HYPERLINK «» \o «London»
London ) is a HYPERLINK «» \o
«Britain» British HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rock and roll» rock
and HYPERLINK «» \o «Popular
music» pop HYPERLINK «» \o
«Musician» musician . He is best known as the lead HYPERLINK
«» \o «Singer» singer and
HYPERLINK «» \o «Drum» drummer of
«Progressive rock» progressive rock group HYPERLINK
«» \o «Genesis (band)»
Genesis and as a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Grammy Award» Grammy
and HYPERLINK «» \o «Academy
Award» Academy Award -winning solo artist.

In total, Collins sang the lead vocals on eight HYPERLINK
«» \o «Billboard Hot 100»
American chart-toppers between HYPERLINK
«» \o «1984 in music» 1984
and HYPERLINK «» \o «1989 in
music» 1989 ; seven as a solo artist and one with Genesis. His singles,
often dealing with lost love, ranged from the drum-heavy » HYPERLINK
«» \o «In the Air
Tonight» In the Air Tonight «, to the dance pop of » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Sussudio» Sussudio «, to
the political statements of his most successful song, » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Another Day
in Paradise» Another Day in Paradise «. His international popularity
transformed Genesis from a progressive rock group to a regular on the
HYPERLINK «» \o «Record chart»
pop charts and an early HYPERLINK «»
\o «MTV» MTV mainstay.

Collins’ professional career began as a drummer, first with obscure rock
«» \o «Flaming
Youth (band)» Flaming Youth and then more famously with Genesis. In
Genesis, Collins originally supplied only backing vocals for front man
HYPERLINK «» \o «Peter
Gabriel» Peter Gabriel ; it would not be until Gabriel’s departure in
1975 that he became the group’s lead singer. As the decade closed,
Genesis’ first international hit, » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Follow You,
Follow Me» Follow You, Follow Me «, demonstrated a drastic change from
the band’s early years. His concurrent solo career, heavily influenced
by his personal life, brought both him and Genesis commercial success.
According to HYPERLINK «»
\o «Atlantic Records» Atlantic Records , Collins’ total worldwide sales
as a solo artist, as of 2002, were over 100 million. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-0» \o «» [1]


HYPERLINK «» \l «Early_life_and_career»
1 Early life and career

HYPERLINK «» \l «Genesis_era» 2 Genesis

HYPERLINK «» \l «Solo_career» 3 Solo

«Films.2CTheatre_and_Television» 4 Films,Theatre and Television

HYPERLINK «» \l «Personal_life» 5
Personal life

HYPERLINK «» \l «Further_reading» 6
Further reading

HYPERLINK «» \l «Discography» 7

HYPERLINK «» \l «Studio_Albums» 7.1
Studio Albums

HYPERLINK «» \l «Number_One_singles» 7.2
Number One singles

HYPERLINK «» \l «See_also» 8 See also

HYPERLINK «» \l «External_links» 9
External links

HYPERLINK «» \l «Notes» 10 Notes

HYPERLINK «» \l «References» 11

Early life and career

Collins received a toy drum kit for Christmas when he was five. Later,
his uncle made him a makeshift one that he used regularly, and he became
better. As Collins grew they were followed by more complete sets bought
by his parents. HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-1»
\o «» [2] He practiced by playing alongside the television and radio,
and never learned to read and write conventional HYPERLINK
«» \o «Musical notation»
musical notation ; instead, he uses a system he devised himself.

Collins looked for every opportunity to perform. His professional
training began at fourteen when he entered Barbara Speake Stage School.
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-2» \o «» [3] He
began a career as a child HYPERLINK
«» \o «Actor» actor and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Model (person)»
model , and won his first major role as HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Artful Dodger»
The Artful Dodger in a London production of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Oliver!» Oliver! . He
appeared as an extra on HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Beatles» The Beatles
«» \o «A
Hard Day’s Night (movie)» A Hard Day’s Night , as part of a crowd
scene. HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-3» \o «»
[4] He also auditioned for the role of Romeo in HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Romeo and Juliet (1968 film)» Romeo and Juliet (1968). HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-4» \o «» [5]

Despite the beginnings of an acting career, Collins continued to
gravitate toward music. While attending «Chiswick Community School» he
formed a band called The Real Thing and later joined The Freehold. With
the latter group, he wrote his first song titled «Lying Crying Dying».
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-5» \o «» [6]

Collins’ first record deal came as drummer for HYPERLINK
«» \o «Flaming
Youth (band)» Flaming Youth , who released a single album, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Ark 2» Ark 2 (1969). A
HYPERLINK «» \o «Concept
album» concept album inspired by the recent media attention
surrounding the moon landing, Ark 2 failed to make much commercial
success despite positive critical reviews. HYPERLINK
«» \o «Melody Maker» Melody
Maker featured the album as «Pop Album of the Month», describing it as
«adult music beautifully played with nice tight harmonies». HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-6» \o «» [7] The album’s
main single, «From Now On», failed on the radio. After a year of
touring, band tensions and the lack of commercial success dissolved the

Genesis era

Main article: HYPERLINK
«» \o «Genesis (band)»
Genesis (band)

In 1970, Collins answered a Melody Maker HYPERLINK
«» \o «Classified
advertising» classified ad for «…a drummer sensitive to HYPERLINK
«» \o «Acoustic music»
acoustic music , and acoustic HYPERLINK
«» \o «Twelve-string
guitar» twelve-string guitarist «. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-7» \o «» [8] Genesis placed
the ad after having already lost three drummers over two albums.
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-billbio» \o «» [9]
The audition occurred at the home of Peter Gabriel’s parents.
Prospective candidates performed tracks from the group’s second album,
«Trespass (album)» Trespass (1970). Collins arrived early, listened to
the other auditions and memorised the pieces before his turn. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-8» \o «» [10]

The music video for 1986’s «Land of Confusion» featured the members of
Genesis in puppet form. MTV nominated the clip for Video of the Year.
From left to right, band members HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mike Rutherford»
Mike Rutherford , Phil Collins, and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tony Banks
(musician)» Tony Banks .

Collins won the audition, and a year later, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Nursery Cryme» Nursery
Cryme (1971) was released. Although his role would remain drummer and
occasional backing vocalist for the next five years, he twice sang lead
vocals on «For Absent Friends» (from Nursery Cryme) and «More Fool Me»
«» \o «Selling
England by the Pound» Selling England by the Pound ) (1973).

In 1974, while recording the album HYPERLINK
«» \o «The
Lamb Lies Down on Broadway» The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «Brian Eno» Brian
Eno who did the Enossification on Peter’s voice was in need of a
drummer for his album HYPERLINK
«» \o «Another Green
World» Another Green World and Phil was sent to play drums as payment
for his doings with the band.

In 1975, following the final tour supporting the concept album
\o «The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway» The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway ,
Gabriel left the group to pursue solo projects. Collins became lead
vocalist after an unfruitful search for Gabriel’s replacement. The group
recruited former HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yes (band)» Yes and
HYPERLINK «» \o «King Crimson»
King Crimson drummer HYPERLINK
«» \o «Bill Bruford» Bill
Bruford and later HYPERLINK
«» \o «Chester Thompson»
Chester Thompson to play drums during live shows, although Collins
continued to play during longer instrumental sections. The first album
with Collins as lead vocalist, 1976’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «A Trick of the
Tail» A Trick of the Tail , reached the American Top 40, and climbed as
high as #3 on the UK charts. Said HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rolling Stone» Rolling
Stone , «Genesis has managed to turn the possible catastrophe of
Gabriel’s departure into their first broad-based American success.»
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-9» \o «» [11]

Collins simultaneously performed in a jazz fusion group called
HYPERLINK «» \o «Brand X» Brand X .
The band recorded their first album, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Unorthodox
Behaviour» Unorthodox Behaviour , with Collins as drummer. Since he put
greater priority in Genesis, there were several Brand X tours and albums
released without Collins. He credits Brand X as his first use of a drum
machine as well as his first use of a home 8-track tape machine.
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-10» \o «» [12]

As the decade closed, Genesis began a shift from their HYPERLINK
«» \o «Progressive rock»
progressive rock roots and toward pop music. Although their 1978 album
«…And_Then_There_Were_Three…» \o
«…And Then There Were Three…» …And Then There Were Three…
contained progressive rock influences, it also featured their first UK
Top 10 and US Top 40 single, «Follow You, Follow Me».

Audio samples:

\o «Danceogg.ogg» «Dance on a Volcano» (1976) ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Danceogg.ogg» file info ) — HYPERLINK
gg.ogg&wiki=en» \o
gg.ogg&wiki=en» play in browser ( HYPERLINK
«» \l «Beta» \o
«Development stage» beta )

The first track from Genesis’ A Trick of the Tail, this was Collins’
first appearance as the group’s lead singer. A progressive rock track,
it contrasts with the style of his later work.

Problems playing the files? See HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wikipedia:Media
help» media help .

In the 1980s, the group scored a string of successful albums, including
HYPERLINK «» \o «Duke
(album)» Duke (1980), HYPERLINK
«» \o «Abacab» Abacab (1981),
HYPERLINK «» \o «Genesis
(album)» Genesis (1983) and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Invisible Touch»
Invisible Touch (1986). The latter album’s title track reached number
one on the American Billboard charts, the only Genesis song to do so.
The group received an HYPERLINK «» \o
«MTV» MTV «Video of the Year» nomination in 1987 for » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Land of Confusion»
Land of Confusion «, another popular single from the album, although
ironically they lost to Gabriel’s solo hit, «Sledgehammer». HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-11» \o «» [13] Reviews were
generally positive, with Rolling Stone’s J.D. Considine stating, «every
tune is carefully pruned so that each flourish delivers not an
instrumental epiphany but a solid hook.» HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-12» \o «» [14]

Collins left Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo career. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-13» \o «» [15] The last
studio album with him as the lead singer was 1991’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «We Can’t Dance» We
Can’t Dance . He and Gabriel reunited with other Genesis members in 1999
to re-record «The Carpet Crawlers» for Genesis’ HYPERLINK
«» \o «Turn it on
Again: The Hits» Turn It On Again: The Hits . Recently, he discussed
being open to reuniting with Genesis. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-14» \o «» [16] Collins
stated he preferred returning if Gabriel took the vocals and he
performed as drummer. There are no official plans announced of a

Solo career

An early theme in Collins’ music, although never specifically mentioned
in his albums, involved his then recent divorce. Two songs he wrote on
the Genesis album HYPERLINK
«» \o «Duke (album)» Duke
(1980), «Please Don’t Ask» and «Misunderstanding», dealt with failed
relationships. With the recording of his first solo album, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Face Value» Face Value
(1981), Collins attributed his divorce as his main influence.
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-15» \o «» [17]

Collins’ marital frustrations formed the bulk of his first solo album as
well as his sophomore effort, HYPERLINK
\o «Hello, I Must Be Going! (Album)» Hello, I Must Be Going! (1982).
With songs such as «Like China» and » HYPERLINK
«» \o «I Don’t Care
Anymore» I Don’t Care Anymore «, Collins’ early albums had a dark
presence, usually heavy on the drums. Regarding Face Value, he says, «I
had a wife, two children, two dogs, and the next day I didn’t have
anything. So a lot of these songs were written because I was going
through these emotional changes.» HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-16» \o «» [18] There were
occasional poppier influences – Face Value’s «Behind the Lines», for
example, was a jazzy remake of a Genesis song he co-wrote. Face Value
was a critical and commercial success, and saw Collins’ profile increase
further. However, despite a UK #1 cover of HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Supremes» The
Supremes ‘ » HYPERLINK
«» \o «You Can’t
Hurry Love» You Can’t Hurry Love «, » HYPERLINK
\o «Hello, I Must Be Going! (Album)» Hello, I Must Be Going! «, Face
Value’s follow-up, was seen as overall disappointment by many critics,
the album failing to capitalise on previous successes, and spawning no
other signifiant hits. It did nevertheless reach #2 on the UK album
chart, spending well over a year there.

A notable episode in Collins’ career took place in 1982, when he
produced HYPERLINK
«» \o «Something’s
Going On» Something’s Going On , a solo album by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Anni-Frid
Lyngstad» Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida), of HYPERLINK
«» \o «ABBA» ABBA fame. Frida, who
had just parted with bandmate and husband HYPERLINK
«» \o «Benny Andersson»
Benny Andersson , had been heavily impressed by Collins’ solo efforts
and the personal, emotional load they conveyed and consequently, she
approached Collins with her own solo project. The resulting album,
featuring Collins himself on drums, brought the 1982 smash hit «I Know
There’s Something Going On» ( HYPERLINK
«» \o «Russ Ballard» Russ
Ballard ) and Collins’ duet with Frida titled «Here We’ll Stay.» An edit
featuring Frida on all vocals was released as a single.

A turning point in Collins’ musical style came when he was asked to
compose the title track for the film HYPERLINK
«» \o «Against All Odds»
Against All Odds , a song which he re-worked to become » HYPERLINK
29» \o «Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)» Against All Odds
(Take a Look at Me Now) » from an original Face Value session out-take
entitled ‘How Can You Sit There?’. The emotionally charged ballad was an
instant classic and shot to #1 in the US but #2 in the UK, unable to get
past HYPERLINK «» \o «Lionel
Richie» Lionel Richie ‘s » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Hello
(Lionel Richie song)» Hello «. It is seen by many critics as the
beginning of Collins’ move away from his earlier darker and more
dramatic material and towards a more pop-friendly, middle of the road,
electronic-driven style.

In 1984, Collins garnered attention when he produced HYPERLINK
«» \o «Philip Bailey» Philip
Bailey ‘s Chinese Wall album. He performed a duet on one of the album’s
tracks, «Easy Lover» which went to #2 on the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Billboard charts»
U.S. pop chart and spent 4 weeks at #1 in the UK. Collins worked with
the HYPERLINK «» \o
«Brass instruments» horn section of Bailey’s band, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Earth, Wind &
Fire» Earth, Wind & Fire (later known as the Phenix Horns) throughout
the 1980s, both on solo and Genesis tracks. By the end of 1984, Collins
participated in HYPERLINK «» \o
«Bob Geldof» Bob Geldof ‘s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Band Aid (band)»
Band Aid charity project, as well as, playing drums on the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Band Aid (band)»
Band Aid single «Feed The World (Do They Know Its Christmas)».

In 1985, Collins was invited to perform at HYPERLINK
«» \o «Live Aid» Live Aid ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «Bob Geldof» Bob
Geldof ‘s charity concert, at both HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wembley Stadium»
Wembley Stadium in HYPERLINK «»
\o «England» England , and HYPERLINK
«» \o «John F.
Kennedy Stadium» JFK Stadium in HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Philadelphia, Pennsylvania» Philadelphia in the U.S. He accomplished
this by performing earlier in the day at Wembley as both a solo artist
and alongside HYPERLINK «» \o
«Sting» Sting , then boarding a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Concorde» Concorde to
perform his solo material, and drum for HYPERLINK
«» \o «Led Zeppelin» Led
Zeppelin and HYPERLINK «» \o
«Eric Clapton» Eric Clapton in Philadelphia. Also around this time,
Phil worked with HYPERLINK «»
\o «Howard Jones» Howard Jones on a single. Howard Jones re-recorded
his song » HYPERLINK
t» \o «No One Is To Blame» No One Is To Blame «,off his HYPERLINK
» \o «Dream into Action» Dream into Action album, and it featured Phil
Collins as drummer, backing vocalist, and producer. He has also played
drums on singles for HYPERLINK
«» \o «Robert Plant» Robert
Plant , and HYPERLINK «» \o
«Tina Turner» Tina Turner on their respective albums. He also produced
& played drums on the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Eric Clapton» Eric
Clapton album HYPERLINK «»
\o «Behind The Sun» Behind The Sun . His solo success, as well as his
concurrent career with Genesis, led to a 1985 cover story in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rolling Stone» Rolling
Stone .

Collins released his most successful album, HYPERLINK
«» \o «No Jacket
Required» No Jacket Required , earlier that same year. It contained the
hits » HYPERLINK «» \o «Sussudio»
Sussudio «, » HYPERLINK «»
\o «One More Night» One More Night » and » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Take Me Home» Take Me
Home «. The album featured HYPERLINK
«» \o «Sting» Sting and ex-bandmate
HYPERLINK «» \o «Peter
Gabriel» Peter Gabriel as backing vocalists. He also recorded the
successful song «Separate Lives», a duet with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Marilyn Martin»
Marilyn Martin , and an American number one, for the movie HYPERLINK
«» \o «White Nights
(film)» White Nights . Collins had three American number-one songs in
1985, the most by any artist that year. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-17» \o «» [19] No Jacket
Required went on to win the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Grammy Award» Grammy
for Album of the Year.

No Jacket Required received criticism that the album was too safe
despite its upbeat reviews and commercial success. A positive review by
David Fricke of Rolling Stone ended, «After years on the art-rock
fringe, Collins has established himself firmly in the middle of the
road. Perhaps he should consider testing himself and his new fans’
expectations next time around.» HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-18» \o «» [20] «Sussudio»
also drew criticism for sounding too similar to HYPERLINK
«» \o «Prince (artist)»
Prince ’s «1999», a charge that Collins did not deny. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-19» \o «» [21] .
Nevertheless, the album went straight to #1 in the US (selling faster
than » HYPERLINK «» \o «Thriller»
Thriller «) and UK.

In 1989, Collins produced another successful album, HYPERLINK
«…But_Seriously» \o «…But Seriously»
…But Seriously , featuring the anti-homelessness anthem » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Another Day
in Paradise» Another Day in Paradise «, with HYPERLINK
«» \o «David Crosby» David
Crosby on backing vocals. The song went to Number 1 on the Billboard
Charts at the end of 1989 and won Collins a Grammy for Record of the
Year (1990). In the process it became the last #1 hit of the 1980s.
Other songs included «Something Happened on the Way to Heaven», «Do You
Remember?» (US release only), and «I Wish It Would Rain Down» (the
latter featuring long-time friend Clapton on guitar). Songs about
HYPERLINK «» \o «Apartheid»
apartheid and homelessness demonstrated Collins’ turn to
politically-driven material. This theme recurred on his later albums. A
live album, HYPERLINK
«…_Live%21» \o «Serious
Hits… Live!» Serious Hits… Live! (1990), followed.

Phil Collins’s highest selling album, 1985’s No Jacket Required, went on
to win the Grammy for Album of the Year.

A particularly negative — and often misunderstood — episode in Collins’
relationship with the press and British public came when he was quoted
as telling HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Sun
(newspaper)» The Sun newspaper in April 1992 on the day of the
\o «United Kingdom general election, 1992» General Election that he
would «leave the country» if a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Labour Party
(UK)» Labour government was elected. However, Collins has repeatedly
pointed out that this was not in any way an endorsement of the (at the
time) ruling HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Conservative Party (UK)» Conservative party, more a comment on what
he saw as potentially punitive tax levels. He has pointed to his
involvement in a number of issues that would not be associated with a
particular political philosophy, but it nevertheless still gave him the
tag of «Tory supporter Phil Collins» in some parts of the British press,
still used to this day.

Collins’ record sales dropped with the HYPERLINK
«» \o «1993 in music» 1993
release of HYPERLINK «» \o
«Both Sides» Both Sides , a largely experimental album which, according
to Collins, included songs that «were becoming so personal, so private,
I didn’t want anyone else’s input». HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-20» \o «» [22] Featuring a
less studio-polished sound and fewer uptempo songs than his previous
albums, Both Sides was a significant departure. Collins used no backing
musicians, performed all the vocal and instrumental parts at his home
studio, and used rough vocal takes for the final product. The album was
not well received by radio. Its two biggest hits, «Both Sides of the
Story» and the more radio-friendly «Everyday», were relatively minor
successes compared to the previous commercial success he had enjoyed.

Collins attempted a return to poppier music with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Dance into the
Light» Dance into the Light , which HYPERLINK
«» \o «Entertainment
Weekly» Entertainment Weekly reviewed by saying that «(e)ven Phil
Collins must know that we all grew weary of Phil Collins.» HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-21» \o «» [23] It included
minor hits such as the title track and the HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Beatles» Beatles
-inspired «It’s in Your Eyes». Although the album went Gold in the US,
it sold considerably less than his previous albums. Only the title track
made a brief appearance on Collins’ then forthcoming HYPERLINK
«» \o «Hits
(Phil Collins album)» Hits collection (1998). Despite this, its
subsequent tour, HYPERLINK
edit» \o «A Trip into the Light» A Trip into the Light , regularly sold
out arenas.

In 1996, he formed HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Phil
Collins Big Band» The Phil Collins Big Band . With Collins as drummer,
the band performed jazz renditions of Collins’ and Genesis’s hits. The
Phil Collins Big Band did a world tour in 1998 that included a
performance at the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Montreux Jazz
Festival» Montreux Jazz Festival . In 1999, the group released the CD
HYPERLINK «» \o «A Hot
Night in Paris» A Hot Night in Paris including big band versions of
«Invisible Touch», «Sussudio», and the more obscure «The Los Endos
Suite» from the progressive era of Genesis.

A Hits album released in 1998 was successful. The album’s sole new
track, a cover of the Cyndi Lauper hit » HYPERLINK
«» \o «True Colors» True
Colours » obtained considerable play on the Adult Contemporary charts
before peaking at #2. HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-billchart» \o «» [24] Some of Collins’ earlier work (e.g. «I
Missed Again», «If Leaving Me Is Easy», etc.) and other successes were
left off the compilation but featured on the accompanying single.

Collins went further with his next single, » HYPERLINK
«» \o «You’ll Be in
My Heart» You’ll Be in My Heart «, from the 1999 movie HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tarzan (1999
film)» Tarzan . The soundtrack reached the Top 10, the single was
Collins’ first to enter the Top 40 in five years, and Collins obtained
«» \o «Academy
Award for Best Song» Oscar , though critics pointed to strong entries
in that category by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Aimee Mann» Aimee Mann ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «Randy Newman»
Randy Newman , and the HYPERLINK
«» \o
«South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut» South Park film (whose creators
then lampooned Collins in the » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Timmy 2000″ Timmy 2000 »
episode). It was his third nomination in the songwriters category,
having been previously nominated in 1984 and 1988.

«Sussudio» and «In Too Deep» were both featured on the 2000 HYPERLINK
«» \o «American
Psycho (film)» American Psycho soundtrack, and as in the HYPERLINK
«» \o «American Psycho»
novel , serial killer HYPERLINK
«» \o «Patrick Bateman»
Patrick Bateman gives an extended monologue on how much he enjoys
Collins’ work.

His most recent studio album, 2002’s HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Testify (Phil Collins album)» Testify , failed to make much impact on
the mainstream charts. Testify featured the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Leo Sayer» Leo Sayer
cover «Can’t Stop Loving You» and «Come With Me (Lullaby)». Both songs
performed well on the Adult Contemporary charts, but the album was
ignored by mainstream radio. Testify sold only 140,000 copies in the
United States by year’s end, although a successful worldwide tour
followed despite poor album sales. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-22» \o «» [25]

Collins recently reported HYPERLINK
«» \o «Hearing
impairment» losing his hearing in one ear, and in 2003 announced his
last solo tour. HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-23» \o «» [26] He called it the » HYPERLINK
ion=edit» \o «First Final Farewell Tour» First Final Farewell Tour «, a
tongue-in-cheek reference to the multiple farewell tours of other
popular artists. Collins wanted to complete one last large-scale tour
internationally before spending more time with his family. He expects to
continue touring through 2006 while working with Disney on a Broadway
production of Tarzan. Outside of the tour, he has only performed
occasionally. He accepted an invitation to drum for the «house band»
celebrating HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom» Queen Elizabeth II ‘s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Golden Jubilee»
Golden Jubilee . He has played drums for HYPERLINK
«» \o «Paul McCartney» Paul
McCartney , HYPERLINK «» \o
«Ozzy Osbourne» Ozzy Osbourne and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Cliff Richard» Cliff
Richard . Recently, the hip-hop group HYPERLINK
«» \o «Bone
Thugs-N-Harmony» Bone Thugs-N-Harmony recorded a remake of the song
«Take Me Home» titled «Home» on their album Thug World Order. The song
features verses by the group, with the chorus sung by Collins.

Films,Theatre and Television

The majority of Collins’ film work has been through music. Four of his
seven American number one songs come from film soundtracks, and his work
on Disney’s Tarzan earned him an Oscar.

Collins’ acting career has been brief. As a child, he appeared in three
films, although two of the films were for brief moments as an extra.
Besides the aforementioned A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Collins’ first
lead role was in HYPERLINK
\o «Calamity the Cow» Calamity the Cow (1967). HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-24» \o «» [27]

He wrote and performed the title song to HYPERLINK
«» \o «Against All Odds»
Against All Odds in 1984. The song became the first of his seven
American number one songs and received an Academy Award nomination for
Best Song. Collins was famously not invited to perform the song at that
year’s presentation, although he was in the audience and had arranged
his tour around the telecast. It was believed that the Academy, despite
nominating him, did not know who he was. A note to Collins’ label from
telecast co-producer HYPERLINK
«» \o «Larry Gelbart» Larry
Gelbart explaining the lack of invitation stated, «Thank you for your
note regarding Phil Cooper (emphasis added). I’m afraid the spots have
already been filled». Collins instead watched HYPERLINK
«» \o «Ann Reinking» Ann
Reinking perform his song. HYPERLINK «»
\l «_note-25» \o «» [28] For a long time afterward, he would inform
audiences at concerts, «Miss Ann Reinking’s not here tonight, so I guess
I’ll have to sing my own song,» before performing «Against All Odds».

Collins performed (although did not write) «Separate Lives» for the film
«White Nights (film)» White Nights (1985). A duet with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Marilyn Martin»
Marilyn Martin , the single became an additional Number One for Collins
as well as another nominee for an Academy Award (it being a songwriters
award, Collins was not nominated). The song had parallels to his first
two albums. Writer HYPERLINK
«» \o «Stephen
Bishop (musician)» Stephen Bishop noted that he was inspired by a
failed relationship and called «Separate Lives» «a song about anger».
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-26» \o «» [29]

Collins’ first film role since becoming a musician came in 1988 with
HYPERLINK «» \o «Buster
(movie)» Buster . His rendition of » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Groovy Kind of
Love» Groovy Kind of Love «, originally a HYPERLINK
«» \o «1966 in music» 1966
single by HYPERLINK «» \o
«The Mindbenders» The Mindbenders , reached Number One. The film also
spawned the hit single «Two Hearts», which he wrote in collaboration
with legendary HYPERLINK «» \o
«Motown» Motown songwriter HYPERLINK
«» \o «Lamont Dozier» Lamont
Dozier . Movie critic HYPERLINK
«» \o «Roger Ebert» Roger Ebert
said the role of Buster was «played with surprising effectiveness» by
Collins, although the film’s soundtrack proved more successful than the
movie. HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-27» \o «»

Collins provided the voices to both Muk and Luk in the 1995 animated
feature HYPERLINK «» \o
«Balto (film)» Balto .

Collins’ future acting work was considerably smaller than Buster, with
only a starring role in 1993’s Frauds. He had cameo appearances in
HYPERLINK «» \o «Steven
Spielberg» Steven Spielberg ‘s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Hook (film)» Hook
(1991) and HYPERLINK
«» \o «And the Band
Played On» And the Band Played On (1993). He also supplied voices to
two animated features, HYPERLINK «»
\o «Balto» Balto (1995) and HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Jungle Book 2»
The Jungle Book 2 (2003). A long discussed but never completed pet
project was a movie titled HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Three Bears» The
Three Bears . Originally meant to star him alongside HYPERLINK
«» \o «Danny DeVito» Danny
DeVito and HYPERLINK «» \o
«Bob Hoskins» Bob Hoskins , he often mentioned the film but an
appropriate script never materialized. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-28» \o «» [31]

Collins performed the soundtrack to the animated film HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tarzan (1999
film)» Tarzan (1999) for HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Walt
Disney Company» The Walt Disney Company . He won an Oscar for »
«You’ll Be in My Heart» You’ll Be in My Heart «, which he performed at
that year’s telecast as well as during a Disney-themed HYPERLINK
«» \o «Super Bowl» Super Bowl
halftime show. The song, which he also recorded in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Spanish language»
Spanish among other languages, became his only appearance on
Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks HYPERLINK «»
\l «_note-billchart» \o «» [24] . Disney hired him in 2003 for the
HYPERLINK «» \o «Soundtrack»
soundtrack to another animated feature film, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Brother Bear» Brother
Bear , and had some airplay with the song «Look Through My Eyes».

On television, he twice hosted the Billboard Music Awards. He also
appeared in an episode of the series HYPERLINK
«» \o «Miami Vice» Miami Vice ,
entitled «Phil the Shill», in which he plays a cheating con-man. He also
guest starred in several sketches with HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Two Ronnies» The
Two Ronnies . Most recently, he had a cameo appearance on the television
series HYPERLINK «» \o «Whoopi»
Whoopi .

In 2001 Collins was caught out by the satirist HYPERLINK
«» \o «Chris Morris» Chris
Morris and appeared in the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Brass Eye» Brass Eye
«» \o
«‘Paedophile» ‘Paedophile Special’ endorsing a spoof charity called
‘Nonce Sense'(‘nonce’ is a British HYPERLINK
«» \o «Acronym» acronym which
stands for ‘Not Of Normal Criminal Element’). A significant moment from
this program is where Collins, dressed in a matching baseball cap and
t-shirt emblazoned with the name of this fictitious charity, stares into
the camera and declares: «…I’m talking Nonce-sense.»

In 2006 Disney’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tarzan
(musical)» Tarzan was adapted for HYPERLINK
«» \o «Broadway theatre»
Broadway . Collins contributed 11 new songs and instrumental pieces, and
was deeply involved in the production. Unlike the movie, where Collins
sang all the material, the characters sang on stage.

Personal life

Collins was married to Andrea Bertorelli of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Canada» Canada , whom he met
at a drama class in HYPERLINK «» \o
«London» London HYPERLINK
«» \o
«» [18] , in 1975. They had
a son, Simon, and Collins adopted Bertorelli’s daughter HYPERLINK
«» \o «Joely Collins» Joely
Collins , now a Canadian actress. They divorced in 1980, and Collins
acknowledges the acrimony underlay his hit » HYPERLINK
«» \o «In the Air
Tonight» In the Air Tonight «.

He and his second wife, Jill Tavelman, were married from 1984 to 1996.
They had one daughter, Lily. Collins openly admits that some of their
divorce-related correspondence was by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Fax» fax (one, about access to
their daughter was reproduced in HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Sun
(newspaper)» The Sun ), but denies that this took her by surprise.
«» [19]

He married his third wife, Orianne, in 1999. The couple had two sons,
Nicholas and Matthew. They lived in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Switzerland» Switzerland
, overlooking HYPERLINK «» \o
«Lake Geneva» Lake Geneva , before announcing their separation on
HYPERLINK «» \o «March 16» March
16 , HYPERLINK «» \o «2006» 2006 .
Collins has said he will continue to reside in Switzerland to be near
the children.

He is a supporter of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Animal rights» animal
rights and HYPERLINK «» \o «PETA»
PETA . He recently donated autographed drumsticks in support of
campaign against HYPERLINK
«» \o «Kentucky Fried
Chicken» Kentucky Fried Chicken HYPERLINK
«» \o
«» [20]

ion=6» \o «Edit section: Further reading» edit ]

Further reading

HYPERLINK «» \o «Ray Coleman»
Ray Coleman , Phil Collins: The Definitive Biography, Simon & Schuster.
London. 1997. HYPERLINK
817845» ISBN 0-684-81784-5

Dave Thompson, Turn It On Again: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and
Genesis, Back Beat Books, San Francisco. 2004. HYPERLINK
308109» ISBN 0-87930-810-9

Fred Bronson, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Billboard Books,
New York. 1997. HYPERLINK
07641X» ISBN 0-8230-7641-X (Eight essays about Collins, including one
with Genesis)

Craig Rosen, The Billboard Book of Number One Albums. Billboard Books,
New York. 1996. HYPERLINK
075869» ISBN 0-8230-7586-9 (Two essays about Collins)

ion=7» \o «Edit section: Discography» edit ]


ion=8» \o «Edit section: Studio Albums» edit ]

Studio Albums

The following list includes all Phil Collins albums with the exception
of compilations, live and remix albums. For a complete album list, see
«Phil Collins discography» Phil Collins discography .

1981: HYPERLINK «» \o «Face
Value» Face Value

\o «Hello, I Must Be Going! (album)» Hello, I Must Be Going

1985: HYPERLINK «» \o
«No Jacket Required» No Jacket Required

1989: HYPERLINK «…But_Seriously» \o
«…But Seriously» …But Seriously

1993: HYPERLINK «» \o «Both
Sides» Both Sides

1996: HYPERLINK «» \o
«Dance Into the Light» Dance Into the Light

«» \o
«Testify (Phil Collins album)» Testify

ion=9» \o «Edit section: Number One singles» edit ]

Number One singles

The following singles reached number one in the HYPERLINK
«» \o «United Kingdom»
United Kingdom , HYPERLINK
«» \o «United States» United
States and/or HYPERLINK «» \o
«Canada» Canada . For a full singles discography, see HYPERLINK
«» \l «Singles» \o
«Phil Collins discography» Phil Collins discography .

Year Single Peak positions


HYPERLINK «» \o «1982 in
music» 1982 » HYPERLINK
«» \o «You Can’t
Hurry Love» You Can’t Hurry Love » 1 10 —

HYPERLINK «» \o «1984 in
music» 1984 » HYPERLINK
29» \o «Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)» Against All Odds
(Take a Look at Me Now) » 2 1 22

» HYPERLINK «» \o «Easy Lover»
Easy Lover » 1 2 —

HYPERLINK «» \o «1985 in
music» 1985 » HYPERLINK «»
\o «One More Night» One More Night » 4 1 —

» HYPERLINK «» \o «Sussudio»
Sussudio » 12 1 —

» HYPERLINK «» \o «Separate
Lives» Separate Lives » 4 1 —

HYPERLINK «» \o «1988 in
music» 1988 » HYPERLINK
«» \o «A Groovy Kind
of Love» A Groovy Kind of Love » 1 1 —

«Two Hearts (song)» Two Hearts » 6 1 —

HYPERLINK «» \o «1989 in
music» 1989 » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Another Day
in Paradise» Another Day in Paradise » 2 1 —

«» Phil Collins’ official website

«» Genesis’ official website

«» Little Dreams
Foundation A project of Phil Collins and his estranged wife Orianne,
supporting young musicians

«» Phil Collins at the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Internet
Movie Database» Internet Movie Database

«» Tarzan at The
«Internet Broadway Database» Internet Broadway Database

\o «» Dana
Tyler Feature On Phil Collins


HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-0» \o «» ^
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