Phil Collins

Jan. 31, 1951

Phil Collins Artistfacts

  • He has been married three times, and has five children. His third wife, who he divorced in 2006, is 22 years younger than he is.
  • As a child actor, he played the role of The Artful Dodger in the London production of Oliver. He also appeared in the movies A Hard Day's Night and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
  • He played congas at the sessions for George Harrison's first solo album. His part didn't make the cut, but he became known for working with Harrison and soon became the drummer for Genesis.
  • He joined Genesis in 1970 when he answered an ad they placed in Melody Maker magazine.
  • As a result of a viral infection he got in 2001, he is deaf in his left ear.
  • In 1964, he was paid to scream in the Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night. >>
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  • He plays the bagpipes. >>
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  • When lead singer Peter Gabriel left Genesis, they auditioned a bunch of singers before giving the job to Collins, who was their drummer. >>
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  • He appeared as a drug-dealing con artist on a episode of Miami Vice ("Phil The Shill" - December 13, 1985). >>
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  • Collins doesn't read music.
  • He knew he wanted to be a drummer ever since he received a toy drum for Christmas at the age of five. >>
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  • He appeared in the movie Hook as the Scotland Yard detective searching Granny Wendy's house after Hook kidnaps Peter's (Robin Williams) children. >>
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  • Phil Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) to have sold over 100 million albums globally both as part of a band and solo.
  • Collins has collected hundreds of artifacts related to the Alamo. In 2012 he wrote a book, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey, about the famous 1836 battle in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Citing dodgy hearing, a dislocated vertebra in his neck and nerve damage in his hands, Collins announced on March 7, 2011, that he was quitting the music industry to focus on his family life.

    Collins revealed his return to the music industry during an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015.
  • Phil Collins did double duty at Live Aid, performing a morning set at London's Wembley Stadium with Sting and Branford Marsalis before hopping on the Concorde in time to play in Philadelphia with both Eric Clapton and the reunited Led Zeppelin.
  • Speaking to Q magazine, Collins admitted he considered splitting mid-performance during his Live Aid cameo as Led Zeppelin's drummer. "It was a disaster, really. Robert (Plant) wasn't match-fit with his voice and Jimmy (Page) was out of it, dribbling. It wasn't my fault it was crap. If I could have walked off, I would have. But then we'd all be talking about why Phil Collins walked off Live Aid - so I just stuck it out."
  • Phil Collins composed and recorded songs integrated with a score by Mark Mancina for the 1999 Disney animated adventure film Tarzan. He also sang all his own songs for the Spanish, French, Italian, and German translations of the soundtrack.
  • He feels his 1993 album Both Sides is his best work, with the standout track being "Can't Turn Back the Years."

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  • Gregg from Cleveland, OhIn the earlier 2000's there was a Phil Collins song containing bagpipes about midway through. Any answeres?
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrHow could a viral infection have made Phil go Deaf?
  • Andy from Arlington, VaCollins has also won an Oscar for Best Original Song, for "You'll Be in My Heart" from the Disney movie "Tarzan." He had been previously nominated twice for "Two Hearts" and "Against All Odds" (from the movie of the same name).
  • Andy from Arlington, VaCollins has appeared in several movies, including "Hook," and starred(!) in "Buster," where he played a big-time thief with a heart of gold. The film was a flop, but Collins made two songs for the soundtrack that became hits, "Two Hearts" and "Groovy Kind of Love."
  • Chris from Frederick, MdThe song Misunderstanding from 1980 touches on the marital problems he was having with his first wife
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