Phillip David Charles
Collins, aka Phil Collins, was an English musician who
learned to play the drums at a very young age.
Collins was an actor in his early days, and later
focused on music, hooking up with a number of bands in
the late 1960's, the most famous one being Flaming
Youth. In 1970, Collins answered an ad and
auditioned as the drummer for Genesis, where he stayed
for many years. By the mid 1970's, Peter Gabriel
had left Genesis and Collins took over as lead singer.
It is also worth mentioning that Collins performed with
a band called Brand X.
In the early 1980's, Collins pursued a
solo career at the same time he was producing with
Genesis. Along side the huge success of Genesis,
Collins released his first solo album in 1981, called
This is the album that featured the international hit
song "In the Air Tonight". Collins didn't stop
there. Additional mega hit songs were "You Can't
Hurry Love" from
Hello, I Must Be
Going (1982), "Against all
Odds" from the Against All Odds movie soundtrack,
"Easy Lover", "Sussudio", "Don't Lose My Number", and
"Take Me Home" from
No Jacket Required (1985).
He rounded out the late 80's with "Separate Lives" from
the White Nights soundtrack, "A Groovy Kind of
Love" and "Two Hearts" from the Buster
Soundtrack, and "Another Day in Paradise", "I Wish it
would Rain Down", and "Something Happened on teh Way to
Phil Collins continued producing and touring well into
the 1990's, 2000's, and had some activity in the 2010's.
Although he met with some decent success in the 1990's,
he has been unable to resurrect the success of his
heyday. In 1996, Collins officially parted ways
with Genesis, only to join up with them again in 2006
for a mega world-wide tour. In 2010, Collins
officially retired. More to come? The Phil
Collins Discography is as follows:1981: Face Value
1982: Hello, I Must Be Going!
1985: No Jacket Required
1989: ...But Seriously
1990: Serious Hits... Live!
1993: Both Sides
1996: Dance into the Light
2004: Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New
2004: The Platinum Collection
2010: Going Back
[chorus] And I can feel it coming in
the air tonight, oh Lord,
I've been waiting for this moment for all my
life, oh Lord, I can feel it in the air tonight,
oh Lord, oh Lord, And I've been waiting for this
moment all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord [etc]