90 Facts About Phil Collins

1. Phil Collins is decorated as a musician and has won seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, an Oscar, and a Disney Legend Award.

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2. Phil Collins is one of three artists to have sold 100 million + records both as solo artists and as principal members of a band, the list includes Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

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3. Phil Collins has had extensive nerve damage since his last tour with Genesis in 2007.

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4. Phil Collins released his autobiography Not Dead Yet in 2016 to rave reviews that it spent some time on the NY Times Best Seller List.

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5. Phil Collins has planned a handful of tour dates in Europe including a five night stint at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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6. Phil Collins was one of three children; his older brother, Clive became a cartoonist and his sister became an ice skater.

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7. In 2016, People Magazine reported that Phil Collins was quitting music altogether because of his crippling health problems, so the recent concerts were meant to be a comeback.

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8. Phil Collins retired from music in 2011 to spend more time with his family, according to The Independent.

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9. In 1985 Phil Collins dominated the charts again with his third solo album, No Jacket Required.

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10. In 1975, Phil Collins became the face of Genesis when Gabriel left the band to embark on a solo career.

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11. Phil Collins was the only Live Aid performer who performed at both the US concert and the UK.

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12. Phil Collins was born in 1989 during Phil Collins's second marriage which was to Jull Tavelman.

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13. Phil Collins has stated he is a supporter of animal rights and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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14. Phil Collins has performed at the charity's rock concert numerous times since the 1980s, most recently at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010.

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15. Phil Collins was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 1994, in recognition of his work on behalf of The Prince's Trust, a leading UK youth charity founded by Charles, Prince of Wales which provides training, personal development, business start up support, mentoring, and advice.

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16. Phil Collins has collected hundreds of artefacts related to the famous 1836 battle in San Antonio, Texas, narrated a light and sound show about the Alamo, and has spoken at related events.

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17. Phil Collins is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism and has worked with them in the past on campaigns like radio PSAs.

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18. Phil Collins wrote that Collins's reported comments and subsequent move to Switzerland led to "accusations of hypocrisy" since he had "bemoaned the plight of the homeless in the song 'Another Day in Paradise'", making him "an easy target when future elections came round".

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19. Phil Collins said of Gallagher: "I don't care if he likes my music or not.

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20. Phil Collins is sometimes reported in the British press to have left the UK and moved to Switzerland in protest at the Labour Party's victory in the 1997 general election.

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21. Phil Collins has often been mentioned erroneously in the British media as being a supporter of the Conservative Party and an opponent of the Labour Party.

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22. On 8 June 2017, Phil Collins announced he would postpone two scheduled tour stops, on the 8th and the 9th of June.

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23. In October 2014, Phil Collins told John Wilson on BBC Radio 4's Front Row that he still could not play the drums; he said the problem was not arthritis but an undiagnosed nerve problem where he was unable to "grip the sticks".

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24. In September 2009, it was reported that Phil Collins could no longer play the drums, due to a recent operation to repair a dislocated vertebrae in his neck.

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25. On 29 March 2000, Phil Collins launched a case against two former musicians from his band to recoup £500,000 in royalties that were overpaid.

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26. In 2012 Phil Collins was estimated to be the second wealthiest drummer in the world, beaten to first place by Ringo Starr.

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27. Phil Collins was estimated to have a fortune of £115 million in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2011, making him one of the 20 wealthiest people in the British music industry.

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28. Phil Collins used to do Christmas cards and birthdays cards for the family.

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29. Phil Collins appeared at his brother's investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2012 when he was awarded an MBE for services to art, with Phil stating, "I shared a bedroom with him when we were boys and he was always drawing.

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30. In January 2016, Phil Collins said he had reunited with Cevey and they were living together in the house he had bought in Miami.

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31. In 2015, Phil Collins moved to Miami to be closer to his family, living in a separate home previously owned by Jennifer Lopez.

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32. Phil Collins continued to live in Switzerland at the time, residing in Fechy, while he maintained homes in New York City and Dersingham, Norfolk.

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33. Phil Collins married his third wife, Orianne Cevey, a Swiss national, in 1999.

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34. Phil Collins met his second wife, American Jill Tavelman, in 1980.

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35. Phil Collins adopted Bertorelli's daughter Joely, who became an actress and film producer.

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36. Phil Collins was married to Andrea Bertorelli from 1975 to 1980.

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37. Phil Collins is a world-class drummer whose songs immediately lend themselves to being sampled.

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38. Phil Collins has become an important figure in US urban music, influencing artists such as Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Beyonce.

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39. Phil Collins compared him unfavourably with pop contemporaries such as the Pet Shop Boys and the Human League, whose music he said had endured far more successfully.

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40. Phil Collins was mentioned in the Psych episode "Disco Didn't Die.

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41. Phil Collins appears briefly in the Finnish animated sitcom Pasila in the episode "Phil Collins Hangover".

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42. Phil Collins was reported by the BBC to have consulted lawyers regarding the programme, which was originally pulled from broadcast but eventually rescheduled.

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43. In 2001, Phil Collins was one of several celebrities who were tricked into appearing in a controversial British comedy series, Brass Eye, shown on public service broadcaster Channel 4.

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44. Phil Collins often mentioned the film, though an appropriate script never materialised.

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45. Phil Collins supplied voices to two animated features: Amblin's Balto and Disney's The Jungle Book 2 (2003).

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46. Phil Collins used a Roland CR-78, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 synthesizer, Fender Rhodes electric piano, and a vocoder for his voice.

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47. Phil Collins said, "Phil is almost like John Bonham to me.

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48. In 1987, Phil Collins looked back at his fast playing in Brand X and early Genesis: "I actually can't play like that anymore".

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49. On 7 May 2018, Phil Collins announced a North American leg to his Not Dead Yet Tour scheduled for October 2018.

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50. In May 2015, Phil Collins signed a deal with Warner Music Group to remaster his eight solo albums with previously unreleased material.

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51. In May 2014, Phil Collins gave a live performance of "In the Air Tonight" and "Land of Confusion" with young student musicians at the Miami Country Day School in Miami, Florida.

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52. Phil Collins said "I wasn't actually too aware [of her].

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53. Phil Collins said he had no idea who Adele was when he learned she wanted to collaborate with him.

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54. On 24 January 2014, Phil Collins announced in an interview with Inside South Florida that he was writing new compositions with fellow English singer Adele.

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55. In November 2013, Phil Collins told German media that he was considering a return to music and speculated that this could mean further live shows with Genesis, stating: "Everything is possible.

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56. In March 2010, Phil Collins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis at a ceremony in New York City.

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57. In summer 2010, Phil Collins played six concerts with the music from Going Back.

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58. Phil Collins revealed that Collins managed to play the drums on the album despite a spinal operation.

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59. Phil Collins told a German newspaper, "I want the songs to sound exactly like the originals", and that the album would feature up to 30 songs.

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60. In October 2009, it was reported that Phil Collins was to record a Motown covers album.

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61. On 22 May 2008 Phil Collins received his sixth Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors when he was presented the International Achievement Award at a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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62. Phil Collins reunited with Banks and Rutherford and announced Turn It On Again: The Tour on 7 November 2006, nearly 40 years after the band first formed.

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63. From June 2004 to November 2005, Phil Collins performed his First Final Farewell Tour, a reference to the multiple farewell tours of other popular artists.

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64. On 11 November 2002, Phil Collins released his seventh solo album, Testify.

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65. In 2000, Phil Collins became partially deaf in one ear due to a viral infection.

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66. Phil Collins was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on 16 June 1999.

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67. Phil Collins performed a song from the Tarzan soundtrack at that year's ceremony and a Disney-themed Super Bowl halftime show.

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68. Phil Collins formed the Phil Collins Big Band with himself on drums.

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69. Phil Collins left Genesis in March 1996 to focus on his solo career.

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70. In 1995, Phil Collins turned down the chance to contribute to Tower of Song, an album of covers of Leonard Cohen songs, due to his touring commitments.

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71. Phil Collins played drums on the 1989 Tears for Fears hit single, "Woman in Chains".

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72. Phil Collins was one of the drummers, backing vocalists, and producers on Eric Clapton's 1987 album August.

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73. In October 1985, Phil Collins reunited with Banks and Rutherford to record the next Genesis album, Invisible Touch.

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74. Phil Collins had the distinction of being the only performer to appear at the London concert at Wembley Stadium and the US concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on the same day.

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75. In July 1985, Phil Collins took part in the Live Aid concert charity event, a continuation of the fundraising effort started by Band Aid.

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76. Phil Collins had three US number-one songs in 1985, the most by any artist that year.

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77. Phil Collins released his most successful album, the Diamond-certified No Jacket Required, in February 1985.

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78. In 1984, Phil Collins released "Against All Odds", the main theme for the 1984 film of the same title.

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79. In May 1983, Phil Collins, Banks and Rutherford recorded a self-titled Genesis album; its tour ended with five shows in Birmingham, England in February 1984.

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80. In October 1982, Phil Collins took part in the one-off Genesis reunion concert Six of the Best held at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Buckinghamshire, which marked the return of Gabriel on lead vocals and Hackett on guitar.

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81. Phil Collins worked again with John Martyn in this year, producing his album Glorious Fool.

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82. In 1977, Phil Collins, Banks, and Rutherford decided to continue Genesis as a trio.

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83. Phil Collins recognised Charisma Records owner Tony Stratton-Smith's name in the advert; he and Caryl decided to audition for the roles.

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84. Phil Collins went on to play percussion on "Art of Dying" by Beatles guitarist George Harrison for his album All Things Must Pass.

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85. Phil Collins auditioned for the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet but the role went to Leonard Whiting.

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86. Phil Collins practiced by playing with music on the television and radio.

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87. Phil Collins was given a toy drum kit for Christmas when he was five.

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88. In 1996, Phil Collins left Genesis to focus on solo work, but returned for their Turn It On Again Tour in 2007.

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89. Phil Collins began a solo career in the 1980s, initially inspired by his marital breakdown and love of soul music, releasing a series of successful albums, including Face Value, No Jacket Required (1985), and.

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90. Phil Collins was the drummer and singer of the rock band Genesis, and is a solo artist.

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