As a child of the 1970s, I grew up listening to the band Genesis and of course Phil Collins. With the departure of Peter Gabriel from the lead singer position of the group, my memories of Genesis revolve around the musical contribution Collins made to the group.

Born in Chiswick, London, England on Tuesday, 30 Jan. 1951, Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins was the son of Greville Philip Austin Collins and Winifred June Strange.

Recognized globally as a drummer, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor, Collins repeatedly proved the worth of his musical metal many times during his singing career. Exemplifying the point, during the 1980s, Collins scored three UK and seven US number-one singles as a solo artist.

“In the Air Tonight,” “Against All Odds,” “One More Night,” “Sussudio,” “Two Hearts” and “Another Day in Paradise” are often cited amongst the singers most popular tracks.

In addition to his solo accomplishments, there is of course his work as Genesis lead singer.

As lead singer, the group’s albums include “Abacab,” “Invisible Touch,” “We Can’t Dance” and “The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts.”

In 1985, since the supersonic passenger aircraft Concorde was still in service, Collins was able to perform at both “Live Aid” concerts, the first being in London and the second in Philadelphia. For many people, travelling by Concorde to anywhere was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Further to his music career, beginning in 1964 with the Richard Lester directed musical comedy “A Hard Day’s Night,” Collins has accumulated 40 acting credits to his name.

While many of these credits revolve around his work as a singer, Collins is better remembered for taking on the title role in the 1988 David Green directed crime dramedy “Buster.” The soundtrack to the crime dramedy includes “Two Hearts,” “Big Noise” and “A Groovy Kind of Love.”

In 2017, Collins appeared in the Rhys Thomas directed spoof documentary “Brian Pern: A Tribute.”

Further to Collins, other entertainment professionals born on this day include:

For a more comprehensive list of entertainment professionals born on 30 January, click the provided link.

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Shain E. Thomas, a contributor to the Handbook of Texas Online, is a University of North Texas graduate student majoring in Library Information Science.

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