Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Happy Birthday To "Phil Collins"

Tommy Macs' Awesome 80s' Blog And Radio would like to wish "Phil Collins" a very happy birthday! Phil just turned 62 on January 30th 2013. Phil was born in London England on January 30th 1951, and as we all know went on to be one of the most influential Awesome 80s' Artists PERIOD.

Collins sang the lead vocals on several chart hits in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1975 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His singles, sometimes dealing with lost love, ranged from the drum-heavy "In The Air Tonight", dance pop of "Sussudio", piano-driven "Against All Odds", to the political statements of "Another Day In Paradise".
Collins's professional music career began as a drummer, originally in a band called The Real Thing with Andrea Bertorelli, who later became his first wife. Collins played drums and shared lead vocals (with Brian Chatton) in" Flaming Youth"  which recorded one album, (Ark II). In 1970, he took over drums for Genesis, which had already recorded two albums. In Genesis, Collins originally supplied backing vocals for front man "Peter Gabriel", singing lead on only two songs: "For Absent Friends" from 1971's Nursery Chryme album and "More Fool Me" from Selling England By The Pound, which was released in 1973. Following Gabriel's departure in 1975, Collins became the group's lead singer.
His solo career, heavily influenced by his personal life, brought both himself and Genesis commercial success. According to Atlantic Records, Collins's total worldwide sales as a solo artist, as of 2000, were 150 million. Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, an Academy award, and two Golden Globes for his solo work.He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.
Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with"Paul McCartney" and "Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist. In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the "The Billboard Hot 100 Of All Time"!

Phil retired publicly from music a couple of years ago, stating that "Young adults today aren't interested in hearing him perform". Well I beg to differ. I believe Phil has what it takes to swoon the younger generation as well. Hopefully Phil will come back and give it a try like "David Bowie" recently.  At any rate, Happy Birthday to an Awesome 80s' Legend! Please enjoy an absolute "Phil Collins" classic.    Tommy Mac

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