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AT a young age Phil Collins is a huge fan of the rhythms of Motown music and the Beatles, among others. He decides to play the drums and forms the band Flaming Youth at a young age. They have some successes, but the band breaks up. Phil Collins becomes the drummer of Genesis in 1970, a progressive rock band that has enjoyed great success since it was founded in 1967.
In 1975 singer Peter Gabriel leaves the band and Phil Collins becomes the voice of the band in addition to being a drummer.
Phil Collins also starts a solo career in the 1980s, initially inspired by his marital problems and love for soul music. He became one of the most successful pop singers of all time. Only in 1996 did Collins leave Genesis to concentrate fully on solo work; this included writing songs for Disney’s Tarzan (1999) for which he received an Oscar for the best original song for “You Be in My Heart”. He rejoined Genesis for their Turn It On Again Tour in 2007.
After a five-year retirement to focus on family life, Collins released an autobiography and started his Not Dead Yet Tour, which runs from June 2017 to October 2019.