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Phil Collins Turns the Big 60

January 31, 2011 03:59:47 GMT

The artist star started drumming at the age of 5, became an extra in The Beatles' video, recorded with Genesis and went on a successful solo career.


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Drumming legend Phil Collins has lived to enjoy "Another Day In Paradise" - the superstar sticksman is 60! The former Genesis star, who went on to become a best-selling solo artist, celebrates his big day on Sunday, January 30.

The Brit is able to look back at a career which sees him as only one of a handful of stars to sell 100 million albums both as an individual and as part of a group. To honor his stellar life, we have looked back and found 10 fascinating facts about the man who made it "Against All Odds". Happy birthday Phil!

  • Collins first started drumming after getting a kit for Christmas when he was just five years old.
  • His mantel is groaning under the weight of his awards, which include an Academy Award, two Golden Globes and seven Grammys.
  • Collins isn't only a real-life superstar, he appeared as his avatar self in 2006 PlayStation video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories".
  • He continues to live in Switzerland despite divorcing his Swiss third wife Orianne Cevey, so he can be close to their two sons.
  • He is the 22nd most successful artist ever on the The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists.
  • Collins is a huge hit with the black community - the world's biggest urban stars clamored to perform renditions of his tracks on 2001's "Urban Renewal", including Brandy, Lil' Kim and Kelis.
  • He was an extra in The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" - one of hundreds of screaming teenagers during the TV concert.
  • Collins wrote a song for the late son of his rocker pal Eric Clapton called "Since I Lost You".
  • He has royal connections - he was one of the guests at Charles, Prince of Wales' wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles.
  • Collins can only play the drums now if he tapes his sticks to his hands - because years of playing have damaged the nerves in his spine.


 




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