Happy Birthday! Phil Collins

Born on this day in 1951, Philip David Charles Collins, the English drummer, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor, best known as the drummer and lead singer of Genesis and also as a solo artist, turns 71. Phil has the distinction of having more US Top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s, including "In the Air Tonight", "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)", "One More Night", "Sussudio", "Two Hearts" and "Another Day in Paradise". Phil Collins also amassed the world's largest private collection of Alamo relics. In 2012, he wrote a 416-page coffee table book, “The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey,” that documented his collection, and the short documentary “Phil Collins and the Wild Frontier” chronicled his book tour through Texas. Then in June 2014, after storing the extensive collection in the basement of his home outside Geneva, Switzerland, Collins announced that he was donating the artifacts to the Alamo, even agreeing to pay for the cost of shipping the items to San Antonio. In recognition of his gift, the Texas state legislature named Collins an “Honorary Texan” in March 2015.


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