Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins LVO, is a famonus English singer, lyricist, instrumentalist, music producer and actor, best known for his role as the lead singer and drummer of ‘Genesis’, a world famous rock band. In his more than 4 decades long career, Collins has scored three UK number one singles and seven singles that topped US Music charts. Apart from being the lead singer of Genesis, Collins also established himself as a successful solo-artist and has produced 40 singles that were named on various Music lists in USA throughout the 1980’s.
One of the highest selling musicians worldwide, Collins has sold more than 100 million records across the world and has been felicitated with 7 Grammy Awards, 1 Academy Award, 2 Golden Globe Awards and 5 Brit Awards. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the year 1999 and on various musical halls of fame including Rock and Roll, Modern and Classical Drummer hall of fame.
Early Life and Education
Collins was born in Chiswick, West London, England on 30 January 1951 to insurance agent Greville Philip Austin Collins and theatrical agent Winifred M. “June” (née Strange). He has two siblings; a brother and a sister. Collins was gifted drums as a child, which he loved and played all the time until he received his first real set of drums at age 12.
Collins attended the eponymous stage school and began his acting career when he was 14, after became a student of the Barbara Speake Stage School. He learnt how to play the drums professionally but never learnt how to write musical notes which he later said, he regretted.
Collins joined the rock band ‘Genesis’ in 1970 and along with the band, produced five studio albums and even went on live concert tours in the US. By 1975, Collins became the face of the band and by 1978, the band consisted of only 3 members, Collins; the lead singer and drummer, Tony Banks; the keyboardist and Mike Rutherfors, the guitarist and released the album ‘And Then There Were Three’, which was certified gold and featured the hit number “Follow You Follow Me.” Their next album ‘Duke’ released in 1980 was an even bigger commercial success. Collins also performed with the jazz band Brand X regularly.
In 1981, Collins released his fist solo record titled ‘Face Value’ featuring the blockbuster hit single “In the Air Tonight” and in the following year released ‘Hello, I Must Be Going’, his second solo album which featured the popular tracks “I Don’t Care Anymore” and “You Can’t Hurry Love”. I984, Collins got Academy and Golden Globe Award nominations for writing the title song of the film ‘Against All Odds’. His third solo album titled No Jacket Required was released in 1985 and was also named a chart topper.
Collins made his feature film debut in 1988 with the film Buster in which he both, acted and wrote the song “Two Hearts”, earning Academy and Golden Globe Nominations for ‘Best Original Score’ once again.
Collins has been married thrice. The 1.68 meter tall entertainer was first married to Andrea Bertorelli. The couple got married at age 24. The marriage produced one son named Simon Collins, a drummer and vocalist of the band ‘Sound of Contact’. He also adopted Bertorelli’s daughter named Joely, who is an actress and film producer. Their marriage lasted from 1975 to 1980. In 1984, Collins married Jill Tavelman, an American who gave birth to their daughter, actress Lily Collins in 1989. Collins and Tavelman divorced in 1996. Collins’ third marriage was with Swiss national Orianne Cevey in 1999 and the couple became parents to Nicholas and Matthew. They divorced in 2008. The couple reunited in 2016 and have been living together in Miama.
Phil Collins – Net Worth
Collins has an estimated net worth of approximately $260 Million. He is among the top 20 richest people in the British music industry. In 2012, he beat Ringo Starr, as the second richest drummer in the world.
Where is Phil Collins now?
He temporarily lost hearing due to an ear infection in 2000, but the condition was cured. In September 2009, it became evident that Collins wouldn’t play drums anymore because of a surgery for a dislocated vertebrae for his neck. Though Collins said that he looked at his health conditions as not distressing; in a 2010 interview he stated that he had contemplated suicide but refrained because of love for his children.
In a 2016 interview, he said that he was still not able to play drums, primarily due to a nerve condition and not arthritis, as it was stated in the media He did add that after a major back surgery, he would be able to play drums again but it would require slow and steady practicing. He had to cancel two music tour stops scheduled for June 8 and 9, 2017 because of ‘drop foot’ falls that resulted due to back operation. Due to a fall while going to the toilet in his hotel room, he injured his head resulting in a gash near the eye, and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.
Phil Collins announced that he will be back with a bang in what would be known as his biggest major tour in ten years. He will be playing in the Genting Arena, Birmingham for the ‘Not Dead Yet’ Tour.