10 things you didn’t know about Phil Collins

Phil Collins announced his retirement yesterday. It trended on Twitter for a spell. When I heard he retired, I immediately assumed the Disney money train discontinued service on his street. The reason for hanging it up, though, according to this People magazine story, is to be a full-time father to his two young boys.
phil collins 1987

Phil Collins 1987

I have never been a big fan of Phil Collins, but I have never disliked his music either.

That being said, I decided to dig a little bit and see what I could uncover about this Grammy-winning musician.

10 things you might not know about Phil Collins:

  1. He was given a toy drum kit for Christmas when he was five. He practiced by playing alongside the television and radio and never learned to read and write conventional musical notation
  2. In 1970, he tried out for Genesis. The audition occurred at the home of Peter Gabriel‘s parents
  3. In 1982, he produced ABBA member Frida‘s solo album, Something’s Going On, which helped to spawn the title track, “I Know There’s Something Going On
  4. “Sussudio” drew criticism from music reviewers for sounding too similar to Prince‘s “1999”
  5. Phil Collins uses Gretsch drums and Sabian cymbals. Until 1986, Collins played Paiste and Zildjian cymbals
  6. Collins made an appearance as himself in the 2006 PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, set in 1984
  7. Collins also has a lifelong interest in the Alamo. He has collected hundreds of artifacts related to the famous 1836 battle in San Antonio, Texas, narrated a light and sound show about the Alamo, and has spoken at related events
  8. Phil Collins is left-handed
  9. Phil Collins joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 51 entitled “Timmy! 2000”
  10. Phil is good friends with tennis legend Andre Agassi.
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