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Timeline : Phil Collins

January 30, 1951

Phil Collins is born in Chiswick, London, England. Before embarking on a solo career in 1980, he is the drummer and lead singer for Genesis.

January 15, 1981

Phil Collins plays "In The Air Tonight" on Top of the Pops with a paint can and brush nearby as props, seemingly a reference to the painter with whom his first wife cheated on him.More

February 19, 1981

Phil Collins releases his debut solo album, Face Value.

April 21, 1984

"Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" goes to #1 on the Hot 100, giving Phil Collins his first solo chart-topper on the tally. He will have six more.

March 30, 1985

Phil Collins scores his second #1 hit as a solo artist: "One More Night."

July 6, 1985

Phil Collins' "Sussudio" - a song about a girl with a funny name - hits #1. It holds the position for one week.

November 30, 1985

"Separate Lives" by Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin hits #1. The song was written by Stephen Bishop and featured in the movie White Nights.

December 13, 1985

Phil Collins, whose song "In The Air Tonight" was used in the pilot episode of Miami Vice, plays a drug dealer in the episode "Phil The Shill."

September 16, 1988

Phil Collins lands his first leading role in a film, playing real-life criminal Buster Edwards in the box-office bomb Buster. Musically, the movie isn't a bust, with two #1 hits on the soundtrack: "A Groovy Kind Of Love" and "Two Hearts."

October 22, 1988

The #1 hit in America is a cover of a song from 1966: "A Groovy Kind Of Love" by Phil Collins.More

March 28, 1996

Phil Collins leaves Genesis on good terms, stating he will concentrate on "Movies, some Jazz projects, and of course my solo career."

June 16, 1999

Phil Collins gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

June 12, 2003

Little Richard, Van Morrison, Queen, and Phil Collins are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

March 9, 2011

Phil Collins clears up rumors about why he is retiring. Speculation has included health problems, bad reviews, depression and an interest in devoting time to his collection of Alamo memorabilia, but Collins states the real reason: "So I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis."

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