Phil Collins is is a drummer, singer and songwriter. He’s one of the most iconic artists of the 80’s and is still widely recognized today. He may be 68, but the musician has still remained relevant, and many new artists sample his material. Here, MusicSnake Magazine presents our list of top ten interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Phil Collins.
Number One: Phil Collins Auditioned at Peter Gabriel’s Parents House. The audition for the part of the drummer in Genesis was held at Peter Gabriel parents’ house. He arrived early and let other people audition before he did. By the time his audition rolled around, Phil had memorized the songs.
Number Two: The Musician Holds a Special Distinction for Live Aid. He was the only Live Aid performer who performed at both the US concert and the UK concert. Both concerts took place at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and Wembley Stadium in the U.K., respectively.
Number Three: Collins Has Won Seven Grammys. But does this really come as a surprise? He is wildly talented and has won many awards. The man has also won six Brit Awards, three American Music Awards, an Oscar, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in ’02. Phil Collins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ’10 as a member of Genesis.
Number Four: The Artist Is in an Elite Group of 3 People. He is one of just 3 people in the world who have sold more than 100M albums around the world as part of a group and as solo musicians. The other two musicians are Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.
Number Five: He Is Multi-Talented. He isn’t only taught himself how to play drums, but he also can sing, and he plays piano. Plus, he is an actor! He played the lead in ’88 Buster, and he has also appeared in Calamity the Cowand The Jungle Book 2.
Number Six: Collins Worked With Eric Clapton. In ’85, he produced a few tracks on Clapton’s album, Behind The Sun. The musician also produced a track for Howard Jones, which was the hit, No One Is to Blame. He played drums on the track.
Number Seven: He Made Some Cameos Where You Might Expect. Though you might have been surprised to hear the films he was in above, did you know he was also in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a child? He appeared in The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night as well.
Number Eight: Phil Also Sang Lead Vocals. Though Collins landed the role of the drummer in Genesis, he also sang lead vocals on two songs. Those songs are For Absent Friends and More Fool Me.
Number Nine: The Legendary Musician Had More Top 40 Hits on the Billboard Hot 100 During the 80’s Than Any Other Artist. Collins thrived in the 80’s. And this is just proof of that.
Number Ten: Phil Collins Worked With ABBA. In ’82 he worked with ABBA member Frida’s solo album, which was titled Something’s Going On.
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