The London-born Phil Collins got his start in a band called Flaming Youth in 1969, when he was just 18 years old. By the following year, he was drumming for Genesis. When singer Peter Gabriel left in 1975, Collins stepped up to the mic for another role. (He also played in the jazz-rock group Brand X.) In 1981, he released his debut solo album, 'Face Value,' which centered on his divorce. For the next decade or so, he split his time between Genesis -- who got bigger than ever -- and his successful solo career, which yielded the No. 1 albums 'No Jacket required' and ' ... But Seriously' in the '80s. He left Genesis for good in 1996 and has since released more solo records. But after news of nerve damage surfaced, Collins has more or less retired from performing, claiming that he can't play drums anymore. Still, fans hold out for a Genesis reunion featuring the core lineup from the '70s.
Country Star Kane Brown Samples 'In the Air Tonight' for New Song
"I Can Feel It" features one of rock's most famous drum parts.
Chris Stapleton and Snoop Dogg Cover 'In the Air Tonight'
They recorded the Phil Collins classic for 'Monday Night Football.'
Phil Collins and Genesis Sell Song Rights for Over $300 Million
Music credited to former singer Peter Gabriel is not part of the deal.
Phil Collins' Son Nic Joining Mike and the Mechanics Tour
Drummer says he has "another big pair of shoes to fill" after taking his dad’s place in Genesis.
Phil Collins Is 'Definitely Retired' According to His Son
Genesis drummer Nic Collins believes his dad is “excited about the next step in his life.”
Jimmy Page Blasts Phil Collins’ Playing in Led Zep Live Aid Show
Guitarist claims Collins "just could not get the beginning of ‘Rock and Roll.’
Phil Collins Blamed His Drummer for Everything on Debut Solo Tour
Chester Thompson recalls early troubles when Genesis frontman put his own band on the road.
Phil Collins Sells 'Stunning' $40 Million Miami Beach Estate
House made headlines last October when singer's ex-wife and her new husband refused to leave.
Watch Phil Collins in Lost Footage of Pre-Fame Band Flaming Youth
Restored TV performance was shot the year before he joined Genesis.