Phil Collins: Big 95 Birthday salute

PHIL COLLINS:  Happy 67th birthday to a legend

Birthday wishes to music icon Phil Collins.  Phil made his name as a drummer for Genesis beginning in the 70's.  His first big solo hit was "In The Air Tonight" in 1981.  Here's a look at his amazing career:

  • The Genesis drummer became the band's vocalist after Peter Gabriel quit in 1975.
  • The onetime child actor appeared as an extra in The Beatles' first movie, A Hard Day's Night.
  • While remaining in Genesis, he launched a solo career with the five-million-selling album Face Value.
  • In 1984, the movie theme "Against All Odds" became his first number-one hit.
  • The single won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and was nominated for an Oscar.
  • Phil says that song was inspired by the break-up with his first wife.
  • In 2012, he was estimated to be the second richest drummer in rock and roll, trailing only Ringo Starr.
  • He divorced and then reconciled with his third wife, Orianne Cevey.
  • They spend most of their year in Miami.
  • Due to orthopedic problems, Phil is no longer able to play the drums.


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