“I'm not a singer who plays a bit of drums. I'm a drummer that sings a bit.”
“I can't play anywhere near like I used to, and I was a hot drummer. It doesn't bother me, because frankly, if you get to that point where you can't hold a drumstick properly, there are many other things in life which are far more important, like cutting a loaf of bread or a piece of cheese.”
“That's the trouble with wishing you were somebody else. As much as you may want it, you know it'll never happen, at least not in this lifetime.”
Phil Collins (born Philip David Charles Collins on January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, Greater London, England) is a British singer, songwriter, musician and actor. Phil was given a toy drum kit for Christmas when he was given years old, starting a life-long love with the instrument. He practiced during school and was influenced by Ringo Starr and the music of Motown. In addition to music, Phil was interested in acting, appearing as an extra in The Beatles’ movie, A Hard Day’s Night and other productions when he was a boy. In 1970, Phil joined the rock band Genesis. When Peter Gabriel left the group in 1975, Phil took over as lead vocalist. The group found commercial success into the 1980s, around the time Phil began his solo career. With songs like “In The Air Tonight,” “Another Day In Paradise” and “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Phil became an international sensation. Phil left Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo career. His next big hit came in 1999. Phil scored the Disney animated film, Tarzan, and his song from the soundtrack, “You’ll Be In My Heart,” spent 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. Phil retired from music and touring in 2002, though he did reunite with Genesis for a brief tour in 2007. In 2015, he announced his comeback.
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Phil Collins is best known as a musician, for his songs “In The Air Tonight,” “Sussudio” and “Another Day In Paradise.”
Phil has been married three times. He and Andrea Bertorelli wed in 1975 and welcomed a son, Simon Collins, in 1976. They adopted a daughter, Joely Collins. Phil and Andrea split. He married Jill Tavelman in 1980 and they welcomed Lily Collins in 1989. They divorced in 1996. In 199, Phil married Orianne Cevey. They had two songs together, Nicholas and Matthew, before they divorced in 2008.