From Genesis drummer and eventual frontman to one of the most influential adult contemporary solo artists of all time, Phil Collins has enjoyed more than four decades of rock success. The London native may have started out as a child actor and model, but his move to music in the late 1960s proved more lucrative.
For five years, Collins served as drummer for prog-rock mainstay Genesis, eventually transitioning to singer after the 1975 departure of Peter Gabriel. Collins not only juggled his Genesis days with jazz fusion outfit Brand X, but he also simultaneously nurtured a solo career, beginning in 1981 with “Face Value” and the instant hit single “In the Air Tonight.”
Among tours with both bands, Collins managed to release 13 straight Top 10 hits between 1984 and 1990 as a solo artist, including ‘80s staples like “Easy Lover,” “Sussudio,” “A Groovy Kind of Love” and “Another Day in Paradise.” The multiple award winner was tapped to write and perform the songs for Disney’s 1999 animated film, “Tarzan,” as well as 2003’s “Brother Bear.”
Collins’ most recent collection of new material, “Testify,” surfaced in 2002 and preceded his “First Final Farewell Tour.” He and the Genesis crew, minus Gabriel, joined forces in 2007 for a reunion run. Rumor has it the big-ticket act is considering another get-together in 2014.