Phil Collins is a living legend.
His contribution to music is significant; as a member of Genesis, a solo artist, a songwriter, a producer, muse to a new generation of artists, and so much more
Phil Collins has dedicated nearly his whole life to music; a professional musician for 55+ years. Touring and recording almost non-stop since the early 70s. He always made himself available to the fans, signed more autographs than anyone could imagine, given his time and financial support very generously to many charities and has intimated that his own health and personal relationships suffered as a result of his unwavering dedication to the music.
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Photo by Traci Baker, 2022
Phil Collins on The Last Domino? Tour, 2022
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Phil Collins in the air tonight
I am pleased to share our official page petition to help the effort to get the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee to consider nominating Phil Collins for inclusion as a solo artist.
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Phil Collins should be recognized for his significant contribution to music as a solo artist. I hope you will help support this effort!
Phil Collins: An Award-Winning Career
Just a few little statistics about Phil's "award-winning" ways...
.Just some of the music-related awards Phil has received:
Winner of the Academy Award, Best Original Song, in 2000 for "You'll Be in My Heart" (from Tarzan)
He was nominated twice before his win in 2000; all his nominations and his win were for Best Original Song. He was first nominated in 1985 for "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (from Against All Odds) and then again in 1989 for "Two Hearts" (from Buster).
Winner of (2) Golden Globe Awards (Nominated 3 times)
He won in 1989 for Best Original Song (shared with Lamont Dozier) for "Two Hearts" (from Buster) and again in 2000 for Best Original Song for "You'll Be in My Heart" (from Tarzan).
He was nominated in 1985 for Best Original Song for "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (from Against All Odds)
Winner of (8 ) Grammy Awards (he has been nominated a total of 26 times for a Grammy)
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Genesis in 2010)
Winner of (6) Brit Awards (Nominated 13 times)
Winner of (3) American Music Awards (Nominated 8 times)
Winner of (4) Billboard Music Awards (nominated 5 times)
Winner of (6) Ivor Novello Awards (Nominated 9 times)
Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999
Lifetime Achievement Award NRJ Music Awards in 2003
Other awards and achievements of note; but please know there are many more...
Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) for his contribution to The Prince's Trust; 1994
1987 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Fairleigh Dickinson University
1991 Honorary Doctorate of Music Berklee College of Music
2012 Honorary Doctorate of History McMurry University For the book The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey (2012)
2019 Honorary Doctorate of Jazz And Pop Music University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Phil Collins has an amazing career and has achieved far into the stratosphere. His achievements, awards and recognition are just some of the reasons he deserves to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Solo Artist.
“Did You Know” that Phil Collins was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012?
Among drumming legends such as Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Steve Gadd, Joe Morello, and others is the name Phil Collins; as it should be. Phil Collins is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world, but there are many people who don’t even know he’s a drummer.
Possibly due to his tremendous success as solo artist/singer. Phil has shared in numerous interviews over the years that he received his first drum as a little boy, he thinks as early as three years old, but remembers having a small drum for sure by age 5. He says he used to play along with TV shows, until his parents sent him upstairs to play. Phil has said that it was all he ever wanted to do, and that he knew it would be his career, but he thought he’d be one of the orchestra players maybe in the West End or in one of the big bands. But he was destined for greater things.
Phil took a few drum lessons here and there but is essentially a self-taught player. And as a left-handed drummer, he developed a slightly more unusual posture, style and setup, as kits back in those days weren’t set up for lefties. He talks about his love of playing the more jazz -filled style he played with Brand X, where he can jam and do a little bit more improv. And of course he very much enjoyed playing in the big band style as evidenced in The Phil Collins Big Band of 1996 and 1998. But surely his most famous drumming is with Genesis.
His signature sound may just come from a combination of the raw power of how hard he hit the drums, his ability to play in unusual time signatures and the fact that he isn’t a technically trained drummer, which allowed him to develop his own way of doing things, resulting in the very distinct Phil Collins sound. And it goes without saying, that perhaps the most famous drum sounds in the history of music is Phil’s work on In the Air Tonight. From the first time I ever heard that song, I’ve never ever been able to listen to it without duplicating the sound with my hands wherever I am, even if I’m driving, it’s kind of the rules. When that song comes on, you have to do the drum fill.
Phil has played with many different artists as well, including Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, both of whom he actually toured with —as their drummer. His incredible drumming has appeared on many, many others artists songs, far too many to mention here. He would often contribute his drum work to those artists he was producing, including Freda (of ABBA fame), and Adam Ant among others. His signature sound is the backbone of the legendary charity record, BandAid, that was recorded in one take in a live room, with 35+ of the worlds biggest music stars watching on. Just another afternoon at the office for Phil Collins.
What is your favorite piece of Phil-drumming? I’m going to share that mine is one that probably people will say, “well duh…” - it’s kind of an obvious answer, but Phil‘s work on the Genesis song “Los Endos” just knocks my socks off. Honorable mention has to go to “Easy Lover.”
I also wanted to mention that Phil pulled double duty in Genesis, as lead vocalist (from 1975 through 1993) and drummer. So on every Genesis record (during that period) not only did he do all the singing, but he did all the drumming as well. Even when they played live, he would go back and drum as often as he possibly could. He said he could have done the drumming and singing at the same time, but the audience needed someone to interact with, and if he was hidden behind the drum kit that would’ve been impossible. He loved drumming so much he would run from the mic back to the drums, and back up to the mic again. And I think that’s why Phil Collins fans absolutely adore him as much as we do. The man loved to entertain us. A brilliantly gifted natural musician, who can play anything.
Written by Traci Baker
❤️ Phil Collins
Face Value is the groundbreaking masterpiece that began to propel Phil Collins from Rock Star drummer/singer of Genesis into Global superstar.
It was mid-1980, and Phil began to write and record in the master bedroom of his home, Old Croft, in Shalford, Surrey. His master bedroom home studio featured his Auntie Daisy's 1820's vintage straight strung Collard & Collard piano, a Fender Rhodes piano, a Prophet-5 synthesizer, a (now famous) Roland CR-78 drum machine, an 8-track tape machine and of course a drum kit, which was eventually cast aside for the CR-78.
He did not set out to record a solo album, rather, he was pouring his heart into writing; processing the emotional rubble that resulted from that difficult time. The album was filled with intensely personal songs, and the album cover itself featured an extreme close up of Phil's face...'Face Value'... the cover was not an ego-filled effort, rather his idea was to bring you into his head.
So personal, Phil took on the meticulous task of writing the track listings, liner notes and even the legal information of the round label at the center of the record in his own hand-writing. A practice that he would continue on all his solo records through 1996.
The record features, in my opinion, a surprisingly wide array of styles, incorporating the Motown-inspired Phenix Horns, and a few other people you may have heard of...Eric Clapton and Alphonso Jones. With Ballads of woe, despair and anger, like If Leaving Me Is Easy and You Know What I Mean (one of my personal favorite Phil songs) and the haunting In The Air Tonight, to hopeful love songs like This Must Be Love and Thunder and Lightning, to the seemingly upbeat, yet never-far-from those break-up feelings, I Missed Again and the faster, more fun version of the Genesis song Behind The Lines (lyrics by Phil, music by the band), this album has it all. And apropos to Phil's love of the Beatles, the record closes with a lovely cover of the Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows, sort of. That is at least what the track listing wants you to believe. If you didn't know this before, here is a fun fact for you... the album actually ends with a hidden track, Phil singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Yep. How is that for tugging at the old heartstrings? What he ended up making was a record that changed music, literally.
The now famous "gated drum sound" on In The Air Tonight pioneered by Phil and producer Hugh Padgham, first heard a bit when Phil played on Peter Gabriel's solo song Intruder, is the world's most famous drum break and has influenced countless musicians, producers, writers and fans alike.
The album, released on February 13, 1981, on Virgin Records in the UK and Atlantic Records in the US and elsewhere, was an almost instant success, much to the surprise of Phil and his Genesis band mates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks who found out that In The Air Tonight had reached reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart while they were in the studio writing and recording the 1981 Genesis album Abacab.
Face Value reached No. 1 in the UK, Canada, and other European countries, while peaking in the top ten in the US. "In the Air Tonight" became the album's biggest hit, reaching No. 2 in the UK, No. 1 in three other countries, and becoming a top-twenty hit in the US. Sales of the album exceeded five million in the US and went five-times platinum in the UK and ten-times platinum in Canada.
Face Value is widely rearguard as Phil's greatest solo work, although he has said Both Sides is his favorite of his solo records. Many contemporary artists cite Phil and this record as a major influence. In my opinion, there is no doubt that this record alone, and it's significant influence on music, is well enough to qualify Phil for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame consideration as a solo artist.
Written by Traci Baker
️ ❤️ Phil Collins
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