T3 India - - Phil Collins - Words: H. S. Bil­limo­ria

This month, we look at the ca­reer of one more British singer cum song­writer who made it re­ally big in the 1980’s.

Born in Lon­don, Phil Collins took to play­ing drums at the age of 5. In 1970, he joined the band GE­N­E­SIS where yet an­other stal­wart Peter Gabriel was the lead singer. Af­ter Gabriel’s de­par­ture from Ge­n­e­sis, Phil Collins took over as the lead singer in 1975. He also be­gan his solo ca­reer and pro­duced out­stand­ing al­bums like Face Value (1981), No Jacket Re­quired (1985) and But Se­ri­ously (1989).

Collins met with a lot of suc­cess in the United States, where he had more Top 40 sin­gles in the 80’s than any other artiste. Phil Collins won 8 Grammy awards and at an es­ti­mated 150 mil­lion al­bum sales world­wide, ranks amongst the world’s best sell­ing artists.

Now 67, Phil Collins still goes on tour and is still draw­ing huge crowds at his shows where his most pop­u­lar sin­gles “Sus­su­dio” and “An­other Day in Par­adise” are re­peat­edly re­quested by the au­di­ence.

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