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.
Watch Phil Collins in Lost Footage of Pre-Fame Band Flaming Youth
Restored TV performance was shot the year before he joined Genesis.
Phil Collins Sues Ex for Alleged 'Armed Occupation' of Miami Home
Genesis singer is seeking an injunction against Oriannne Cevey.
Viral Video Sends Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight' Up the Chart
Clip of 22-year-old twins listening to the 1981 hit for the first time has made it one of iTunes' most purchased songs.
Who Sang the Most Genesis Songs? Lead Vocal Totals
Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Ray Wilson — we looked through the band's catalog and ranked the results.
Phil Collins Took the 808 Drum Machine Mainstream With a Ballad
Wait, a ballad? By one of rock's most recognizable drummers?
Listen to Thunder and Lightning's Cover of 'I Don't Care Anymore'
German metal band records version of 1982 song.
Revisiting the Last Time Genesis Reunited for a Tour
Band's 2007 comeback was a commercial and critical success, though it left Phil Collins severely hampered.
Phil Collins Plans to Drum 'Some Bits' on Genesis Reunion Tour
"I've gotta start really seriously thinking, but I have already been working out what I'm gonna do and what songs to play on," frontman notes in new interview.
Phil Collins Recalls Offering to Quit Genesis to Join the Who
Drummer tells of being beaten to Keith Moon’s job by Kenney Jones and complex practical joke George Harrison played on him.