Phil Collins

Phil Collins
Los Angeles Times


Phil Collins
Music: South side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Musician | Singer | Songwriter
Born Jan. 30, 1951 in London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins pulled off one of the most remarkable transitions in pop music history, metamorphosing from the drummer in the theatrical progressive-rock band Genesis into the solo singer of such mainstream pop hits as “In the Air Tonight,” “Sussudio,” “Two Hearts” and “One More Night.”

Collins started early in show business — as a child actor he appeared as the Artful Dodger in the London production of “Oliver.” (He would later return to acting, starring in the 1988 film “Buster” with Julie Walters and the 1993 Australian comedy “Frauds.”)

When singer Peter Gabriel left Genesis in 1974, Collins took over as the vocalist and helped steer the band toward a more accessible and commercial sound. He also conducted a solo career that thrived in the ’80s and ’90s, highlighted by an album of the year Grammy for “No Jacket Required.”

Collins also wrote and performed music for the Disney features “Tarzan” and “Brother Bear.” He left Genesis in 1996, reuniting with two of his old band mates for a reunion tour in 2007.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1984 Best Song "Against All Odds" from Against All Odds Nomination
    1988 Best Original Song "Two Hearts" from Buster Nomination*
    1999 Best Song "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan Win
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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