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  • Real name : Philip David Charles Collins
  • Place of birth : London
  • Date of birth : 30/01/1951

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  • Philip David Charles Collins

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Phil Collins (1951)

Philip David Charles Collins

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Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO is an English retired singer-songwriter, drummer, pianist and actor best known as a drummer and vocalist for British progressive rock group Genesis and as a solo artist.

Collins sang the lead vocals on several chart hits in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1978 and 1994, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His singles, often dealing with lost love, ranged from the drum-heavy "In the Air Tonight", dance pop of "Sussudio", piano-driven "Against All Odds", to the political statements of "Another Day in Paradise".

Collins's professional music career began as a drummer, first with Flaming Youth and then more famously with Genesis. In Genesis, Collins originally supplied backing vocals for front man Peter Gabriel, singing lead on only two songs: "For Absent Friends" from 1971's Nursery Cryme album and "More Fool Me" from Selling England by the Pound, which was released in 1973. Following Gabriel's departure in 1975, Collins became the group's lead singer.

His solo career, heavily influenced by his personal life, brought both him and Genesis commercial success. According to Atlantic Records, Collins's total worldwide sales as a solo artist, as of 2000, were 150 million. Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, an Academy Award, and two Golden Globes for his solo work. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.

Collins is one of only three recording artists who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and as principal members of a band. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist. In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists".

  Biography  

 early life
Collins was born in Chiswick, London, England, the son of June, a theatrical agent, and Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent, though official records state his mother to be Winifred M. Strange. He was given a toy drum kit for Christmas when he was five. Later, his uncle made him a makeshift one that he used regularly. As Collins grew older these were followed by more complete sets bought by his parents. He practised by playing alongside the television and radio, and never learned to read and write conventional musical notation; instead, he uses a system he devised himself.

 early career
His professional training began at fourteen when he entered Barbara Speake Stage School. He began a career as a child actor and model, and won his first major role as The Artful Dodger in the London production of Oliver!. He was an extra in The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, one of hundreds of screaming teenagers during the TV concert sequence and seen fleetingly in a close-up. He was also in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as one of the children who storms the castle at the end of the movie, but it was cut. He also auditioned for the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet , a role won by fellow Artful Dodger actor, Leonard Whiting. Collins was among the last three finalists for the role of I.Q. on the American children's television show The Bugaloos .

Despite the beginnings of an acting career, Collins continued to gravitate towards music. While attending Chiswick Community School he formed a band called The Real Thing and later joined The Freehold. With the latter group, he wrote his first song titled "Lying Crying Dying".

Collins's first record deal came as drummer for Hickory, who changed their name to Flaming Youth by the time of their sole album, Ark 2 . A concept album inspired by the recent media attention surrounding the moon landing, Ark 2 (with Ronnie Caryl, Brian Chatton and Gordon Smith), failed to make much commercial success despite positive critical reviews. Melody Maker featured the album as "Pop Album of the Month", describing it as "adult music beautifully played with nice tight harmonies". The album's main single, "From Now On", failed on the radio. After a year of touring, band tensions and the lack of commercial success dissolved the group. In 1970, the 19-year old Collins played percussion on the George Harrison song "The Art of Dying". Harrison credited him in the liner notes to the remastered CD version of the album released in 2000.

 personal life
 Family
Collins has been married three times. He married Canadian Andrea Bertorelli in 1975. They met as students in a drama class in London. They had a son, Simon Collins, and Collins adopted Bertorelli's daughter Joely Collins, a Canadian actress. They divorced in 1980, after she started an affair with their painter and decorator. Collins later appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops singing his 1981 solo hit "In The Air Tonight" with a pot of paint and brush positioned near his piano. Collins has since claimed that the presence of the paint and brush was coincidental.

Collins met his second wife, Jill Tavelman, in 1980. They were married from 1984 to 1996. They had one daughter, Lily Collins, born in 1989. Collins openly admits that some of their divorce-related correspondence was by fax , but denies that this took her by surprise. Collins paid Jill £17M as final settlement.

Collins married his third wife, Orianne Cevey, in 1999 after a five year romance. They have two sons, Nicholas and Matthew. They bought Sir Jackie Stewart's former house located in Begnins, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva. Announcing their separation on 16 March 2006, they were divorced on 17 August 2008. Collins reportedly paid Cevey £25M in settlement. Collins has said he will continue to live in Switzerland to be near the children. He is currently residing in Féchy, while also maintaining homes in New York City and Dersingham, England. In 2008, Collins was quoted in People Magazine: "Marriage is a difficult proposition. But I haven't given up on it, either." Collins, however, stated in 2010 that he had no intention of marrying again.

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

 Court case

On 29 March 2000, Phil Collins launched a case against two former musicians from his band to recoup $780,000 (£500,000) in royalties that were overpaid. Louis Satterfield, 62, and Rahmlee Davis, 51, claimed their contract entitled them to 0.5 per cent of the royalties from Serious Hits... Live!, a live album recorded during Collins's Seriously, Live! World Tour tour in 1990. Their claim was they were an integral part of the whole album, but Collins responded the two should only receive royalties from the five tracks in which they were involved. Instead of asking for a return of what Collins considered overpayment, he sought to recoup the funds by withholding future royalties to Satterfield and Davis, which amounted to less than an annual sum of $20,000 (£12,500) each.

On 19 April 2000, the British High Court ruled that the two musicians would receive no more royalty money from Phil Collins. The amount that Collins was seeking was halved, and Satterfield and Davis would not have to repay any of it. The judge agreed with Collins's argument that Satterfield and Davis should have been paid for only the five tracks on which they performed, including the hit "Sussudio".

 Health problems
Collins reported losing his hearing in his right ear in 2000 due to a viral infection. In September 2009, it was reported that Collins could no longer play drums, due to a recent operation to repair dislocated vertebrae in his neck.
A statement from Collins on the Genesis band website said, "There isn't any drama regarding my 'disability' and playing drums. Somehow during the last Genesis tour I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands. After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can't function normally. Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano. I am not in any 'distressed' state; stuff happens in life."

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Name Duration Released
Uptight (Everything's Alright) 03:03 13/09/2010
Do I Love You 02:50 13/09/2010
Heatwave 03:03 13/09/2010
Standing in the Shadows of Love 02:41 13/09/2010
Going Back 04:36 13/09/2010
Girl 02:28 13/09/2010
Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer 03:00 13/09/2010
Talking About My Baby 02:47 13/09/2010
Papa Was A Rolling Stone 06:44 13/09/2010
Going To A Go-Go 02:49 13/09/2010
Blame It On The Sun 03:27 13/09/2010
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever 02:48 13/09/2010
Take Me in Your Arms <small> 02:59 13/09/2010
Love Is Here and Now You're Gone 02:40 13/09/2010
In My Lonely Room 02:25 13/09/2010
Something About You 00:00 13/09/2010
Some Of Your Lovin' 03:20 13/09/2010
Jimmy Mack 02:56 13/09/2010
Tearing and Breaking 05:32 01/11/2004
No Way Out 00:00 2004
Tears of a Clown 04:23 24/03/2003
Driving Me Crazy 04:39 12/11/2002
This Love This Heart 04:06 12/11/2002
It's Not Too Late 04:01 12/11/2002
Swing Low 05:10 12/11/2002
Don't Get Me Started 04:43 12/11/2002
You Touch My Heart 04:42 12/11/2002
Testify 06:33 12/11/2002
Thru My Eyes 05:09 12/11/2002
Come with Me 04:36 12/11/2002
Can't Stop Loving You 04:19 12/11/2002
Wake Up Call 05:17 12/11/2002
The Least You Can Do 04:24 12/11/2002
Son of Man 00:00 2000
Two Worlds 00:00 2000
Pick Up the Pieces 12:41 18/05/1999
Milestones 06:34 18/05/1999
Chips & Salsa 05:23 18/05/1999
Hold on My Heart 06:36 18/05/1999
Invisible Touch 05:42 18/05/1999
That's All 05:34 18/05/1999
A Groovy Kind of Love 03:31 06/10/1998
True Colors 04:33 06/10/1998
It's Everywhere 00:00 01/1997
It's Over 00:00 01/1997
Another Time 00:00 01/1997
I Don't Want to Go 02:51 02/12/1996
Always 04:52 02/12/1996
Lorenzo 05:52 22/10/1996
No Matter Who 04:47 22/10/1996
That's What You Said 04:22 22/10/1996
River So Wide 04:55 22/10/1996
Dance into the Light 04:23 22/10/1996
The Same Moon 04:13 22/10/1996
Oughta Know by Now 05:27 22/10/1996
It's in Your Eyes 03:01 22/10/1996
Wear My Hat 04:33 22/10/1996
Love Police 04:08 22/10/1996
Just Another Story 06:24 22/10/1996
Stevies Blues 06:49 29/04/1994
Take Me with You 05:24 29/04/1994
Don't Call Me Ashley 00:00 27/01/1994
Can't Find My Way 05:08 09/11/1993
We're Sons of Our Fathers 06:24 09/11/1993
I've Forgotten Everything 05:15 09/11/1993
Everyday 05:43 09/11/1993
Please Come Out Tonight 05:46 09/11/1993
Can't Turn Back the Years 04:40 09/11/1993
We Wait and We Wonder 07:01 09/11/1993
Both Sides of the Story 06:43 09/11/1993
There's a Place for Us 06:53 09/11/1993
We Fly So Close 07:33 09/11/1993
Survivors 06:05 09/11/1993
Separate Lives 05:16 1990
Easy Lover 04:46 1990
Two Hearts 03:07 1990
All of My Life 05:36 07/11/1989
Another Day in Paradise 05:21 07/11/1989
Father to Son 03:34 07/11/1989
Colours 08:51 07/11/1989
Find a Way to My Heart 06:08 07/11/1989
That's Just the Way it is 05:10 07/11/1989
I Wish It Would Rain Down 05:28 07/11/1989
Hang In Long Enough 04:44 07/11/1989
Do You Remember? 04:36 07/11/1989
Something Happened On the Way to Heaven 04:50 07/11/1989
I Like the Way 00:00 30/11/1985
Sussudio 04:23 25/01/1985
Inside Out 05:15 25/01/1985
Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore? 04:18 25/01/1985
Who Said I Would? 04:01 25/01/1985
Don't Lose My Number 04:48 25/01/1985
One More Night 04:48 25/01/1985
I Don't Wanna Know 04:14 25/01/1985
Long Long Way to Go 04:22 25/01/1985
Only You Know and I Know 04:21 25/01/1985
Take Me Home 05:52 25/01/1985
Westlife Interview 04:00 02/1984
Crybaby 00:00 02/1984
Against All Odds 00:00 02/1984
Like China 05:05 01/11/1982
I Cannot Believe It's True 05:14 01/11/1982
Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning 03:01 01/11/1982
I Don't Care Anymore 05:00 01/11/1982
The West Side 04:59 01/11/1982
Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away 04:43 01/11/1982
Thru These Walls 05:02 01/11/1982
It Don't Matter to Me 04:12 01/11/1982
You Can't Hurry Love 02:50 01/11/1982
Do You Know, Do You Care? 04:57 01/11/1982
I Missed Again 03:41 09/02/1981
Hand in Hand 05:12 09/02/1981
Droned 02:55 09/02/1981
The Roof is Leaking 03:16 09/02/1981
Tomorrow Never Knows 04:46 09/02/1981
Behind the Lines 03:53 09/02/1981
If Leaving Me Is Easy 04:54 09/02/1981
This Must Be Love 03:55 09/02/1981
I'm Not Moving 02:33 09/02/1981
In the Air Tonight 05:32 09/02/1981
Thunder and Lightning 04:12 09/02/1981
You Know What I Mean 02:33 09/02/1981
Look Through My Eyes 04:10

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