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Phil Collins}' ascent to the status of one of the most successful pop} and adult-contemporary} singers of the '80s and beyond was probably as much of a surprise to him as it was to many others. Balding and diminutive, Collins} was almost 30-years old when his first solo single, "In the Air Tonight,"} became a number two hit in his native U.K. (the song was a Top 20 hit in the U.S.). Between 1984 and 1990, Collins} had a string of 13 straight U.S. Top Ten hits.

Long before any of that happened, however, Collins} was a child actor/singer who appeared as {%The Artful Dodger} in the London production of Oliver!} in 1964. (He also has a cameo in A Hard Day's Night}, among other films.) He got his first break in music at the end of his teens, when he was chosen to be a replacement drummer in the British art-rock} band Genesis} in 1970. (Collins} maintained a separate jazz} career with the band Brand X}, as well.) Genesis} was fronted by singer Peter Gabriel}. They had achieved a moderate level of success in the U.K. and the U.S., with elaborate concept albums, before Gabriel} abruptly left in 1974. Genesis} auditioned 400 singers without success, then decided to let Collins} have a go.

The result was a gradual simplifying of Genesis}' sound and an increasing focus on Collins}' expressive, throaty voice. And Then There Were Three. . . } went gold in 1978, and Duke} was even more successful. Collins} made his debut solo album Face Value} in 1981, which turned out to be a bigger hit than any Genesis} album. It concentrated on Collins'} voice, often in stark, haunting contexts such as the piano-and-drum dirge "In the Air Tonight,"} which sounded like something from John Lennon}'s debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band}.

During the '80s, Collins} balanced his continuing solo work with Genesis} with enormous success. In 1992, Genesis} released We Can't Dance} and began an extensive tour. Upon its completion Collins} released Both Sides} in 1993, and the record became his first album not to produce a major hit single or go multi-platinum. In 1995, he announced that he was leaving Genesis} permanently. The following year, he released Dance Into the Light}. Although the album was a flop, its subsequent supporting tour was a success. The Hits} collection followed in 1998, and a year later Collins} made his first big-band} record, Hot Night in Paris}. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

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