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Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays January 30 2011


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Phil Collins 2010

Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays January 30 2011

1951 (60) Phil Collins British singer song writer wrote theme to the movie “Against All Odds”

Mini Biography

Phil Collins spent most of his early entertainment life as a young actor and model. He played the “Artful Dodger” in the West End production of “Oliver!” alongside the future movie screen “Artful Dodger,” Jack Wild. His interest in music and drumming began at school, where he drummed with a stage school band “The Real Thing,” subsequently joining “Freehold” and “Flaming Youth.” “Flaming Youth” recorded an album to some critical acclaim, although the group disbanded shortly afterward. Collins later successfully auditioned for Genesis, taking over vocals from Peter Gabriel when he left the band in 1975.

After separating from his first wife, Collins recorded his first solo album, “Face Value.” The album was well received and Collins started to become a household name after the song “In the Air Tonight” was featured on the US TV show “Miami Vice” (1984). This instigated a guest appearance on the show playing a game show host. His third LP, “No Jacket Required,” produced multiple chart hits and awards.

Collins is an active musician and entertainer, contributing and guesting regularly on many albums, ranging from Gary Brooker and “Camel” (Peter Barden’s old band) to Eric Clapton. Current projects include his solo career as a vocalist, recording with Genesis, the Jazz Fusion group Brand X and his Swing Band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.


Singer/drummer, ex-member of the rock band Genesis.


He was awarded Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order of the British Empire in the 1994 Queen’s Honours List for his services to music and charity.

Trustee, Prince’s Trust, since 1983.

Left Genesis in 1996.

Beat “South Park” (1997) creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for Best Original Song Oscar in 1999. In return, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have ridiculed Phil Collins in several South Park episodes.

Beat out many singers as a replacement for vocalist Peter Gabriel after Peter Gabriel left Genesis for a solo career. Most fans didn’t really notice, not only due to the similarity in both singers voices, but because Collins had been singing back up to Gabriel for years in the band.

Along with Tony Thompson of Power Station, he sat in for the late John Bonham during Led Zeppelin’s performance at Live Aid.

Played at both Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia segments of Live Aid. He was able to accomplish the feat by hopping on the Concord and flying to Philadelphia as soon as he finished his set in London.

Played drums on Robert Plant’s first two solo albums as well as accompanying Plant on his first solo tour.

Performed at the BBC’s annual Children in Need charity event. [21 November 2003]

Has a son, Simon Collins (born 1976) and a daughter, Joely Collins (born 1973) with his first wife, Andrea Collins; a daughter, Lily Collins (born 1989) with his second wife, Jill Tavelman and two sons, Nicholas Grev Austin (born 21 April 2001) and Mathew Thomas Clemence (born 1 December 2004) with his third wife, Orianne.

He plays the piano.

In 2000, Mariah Carey and Westlife had a British number one hit with a cover of his song “Against All Odds” (originally a hit for Collins in 1984). The song became a number one single again, this time for Steve Brookstein, in 2005. It was also recorded by Michael Ball, appearing on his albums “The Movies” and “Stage and Screen”, and Barry Manilow on his album “The Greatest Songs of the Eighties”.

In 1999, he reunited with his former Genesis band mates Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett for a re-recording of the Genesis song “The Carpet Crawlers” (originally from their 1974 album “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”), which appears on the Genesis compilation “Turn it on Again”.

He never topped the UK singles chart with Genesis but had solo number ones with “You Can’t Hurry Love” (1983), “Easy Lover” (1985) (with Philip Bailey) and “A Groovy Kind of Love” (1988). He has had UK number one solo albums with “Face Value” (1981), “No Jacket Required” (1985), “But Seriously” (1989), “Both Sides” (1993), “Hits” (1998) and “Going Back” (2010). He has also had UK number one Genesis albums with “Duke” (1980), “Abacab” (1981), “Genesis” (1983), “Invisible Touch” (1986), “We Can’t Dance” (1991) and “Live – The Way We Walk – Vol 2: The Longs” (1993).

Is of Irish and British descent.

Chester Thompson played drums on Genesis and Phil Collins solo tours – thus enabling Phil to go out front where the punters could see him.

Played drums and sang back up on Eric Clapton’s single “Bad Love” from his album “Journeyman” (1989).

He was one of the guests at Prince Charles’s and Camilla Parker-Bowles’ wedding.

Started to play drums at the age of five.

Son of talent agent June Collins.

His favourite guitarist is Eric Clapton.

Announced his departure from Genesis in 1993, so he could focus more on his solo career and production. Reunited with his former band mates in 1999 to record “The Carpet Crawlers” for a greatest hits compilation. This reunion also included Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett, and was the first time since 1980 the original five performed together (Peter Gabriel reunited with the band in the early 80s for a charity concert, Steve Hackett was also there but performed only in the encore).

Was only 19 when he was named drummer/backup vocalist for Genesis in 1970. Later took over main vocal duties when Peter Gabriel left the band in 1975 and no one successfully auditioned to be his replacement.

Sang back up vocals to Howard Jones on his popular 1986 single “No One Is To Blame”.

His music video ‘I Wish It Would Rain Down’ saw him fictionally winning an Academy Award. He then actually won one for the soundtrack to Tarzan (1999).

Winner of the 1989 Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist following the success of his singles “A Groovy Kind of Love” and “Two Hearts”, both featured in the movie Buster (1988).

Winner of the 1990 Brit Awards for British Male Solo Artist and British Single for “Another Day in Paradise” following the success of his multi-million selling album “But Seriously”.

Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1986 following the success of his multi-million selling album “No Jacket Required”.

He had US number one singles with “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (1984), “One More Night” (1985), “Sussudio” (1985), “Separate Lives” (1985), “A Groovy Kind of Love” (1988), “Two Hearts” (1989) and “Another Day in Paradise” (1989). Genesis had a US number one single with “Invisible Touch” (1986).

His favorite Genesis album is “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”.

Appointed Honourary Ambassador of Peace for the Harvey Ball Foundation along with Brooke Shields, Jackie Chan, A.V.T. Shankardass, Jerry Lewis, Prince Albert of Monaco, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Jimmy Buffett, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip, Heather Mills, Yoko Ono, Patch Adams, Sergei Khrushchev and Winnie Mandela.

“Easy Lover” is a song written by Phil Collins, Nathan East and Philip Bailey. The song featured Phil Collins and Philip Bailey on vocals. The song also appeared on Philip Bailey’s album “Chinese Wall”. The video for the song was filmed in London, starting off with Philip Bailey riding to the studio in a helicopter, before Collins and Philip Bailey sung the song in various places, including a studio and a local restaurant. Collins has also used the song in his Live shows and appears in his 1990 live album “Serious Hits… Live!”, as well as his 1998 compilation album, Hits.

January 1989: Voted #4 Radio Artist for 1989 in France. First was Kylie Minogue; second David Hallyday and third Madonna.

A fan of Earth Wind & Fire and used members of the group to perform the brass sections on many of his own songs (they also appear on the Genesis songs “No Reply at All” and “Paperlate”).

By 2006, he had sold 130 million albums as a member of Genesis and over 100 million solo albums around the world. In the UK alone, Genesis had achieved 500 weeks on the albums chart and 187 weeks on the singles chart. He had also achieved 846 weeks on the albums chart and 235 weeks on the singles chart as a solo artist.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.

Credited with writing the music and lyrics of just three Genesis songs on his own. These are “Misunderstanding” and “Please Don’t Ask” from the album “Duke” and “Man on the Corner” from the album “Abacab”.

His song “In The Air Tonight” was originally proposed to appear on the Genesis album “Duke”, but Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford decided against recording it. It became Collins’ first solo hit instead and remains one of his most famous songs.

A popular tradition in Genesis live shows since the late 1970s is the “Drum Duet” between Collins and Chester Thompson, in which the two men compete in a drumming duel for several minutes.

Presented John Martyn with the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. (4th February 2008).

Winner of the 2008 Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Phil Collins has an interest in the history of the Alamo located in San Antonio, TX. He visits there often and collects artifacts from the site. He provides narration to a “Battle of the Alamo” exhibit located just outside the grounds of the Alamo.

“Against All Odds” won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1985, and it was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Collins was the only nominee in the category not invited to sing his song on stage, and sat in the audience as Ann Reinking performed it. His perceived negative reaction shown on the telecast is considered to be one of the most awkward moments in the history of the ceremony, and has been a favorite reference for Dennis Miller to relate someone reacting in a horrified fashion.

Announced in 2009 that he was no longer able to drum due to a spinal injury.

The Sunday Times List estimated his net worth at $177 million. [2009]

Collins released the single “Another Day in Paradise” in 1989 to raise awareness of homelessness around the world. Some critics accused him of hypocrisy as a millionaire musician. However, he collected money for homeless charities from fans at concerts and then donated double the total takings out of his own money. It was not the first time Collins had referred to the issue in his lyrics. He had previously written about the subject in the Genesis song “Man on the Corner” for the 1981 album “Abacab”.

Collins founded The Little Dreams Foundation in February 2000, which aims to “realise the dreams of children in the fields of sports and art” by providing future prodigies aged 4 to 16 years with financial, material, and mentoring support with the help of experts in various fields.

Collins supports the South African charity The Topsy Foundation, which provides relief services to some of South Africa’s most under-resourced rural communities through a multi-faceted approach to the consequences of HIV and AIDS and extreme poverty, and he donates all royalties earned in South Africa to the organization.

Supports Tottenham Hotspur.

source: internet data base

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In the category of I can’t believe they are that old:

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