30 January 1951, Chiswick, London, England. During the 80s and early 90s, this former child actor established himself as the worlds premier singing drummer. His broad public appeal was not unlike that bestowed upon the Beatles in their heyday, and Collins also earned the respect of his fellow musicians as a technically brilliant drummer.
The appearance of the self-confessional Face Value in 1981, immediately confirmed Collins as a songwriter of note, outside of his existence as vocalist/drummer with the highly successful rock band Genesis. The record focused on Collins distinctive voice, something that had previously been underrated and underused. Collins, who had spent a number of years as their drummer had also recorded with Brand X. He came out from behind the drum stool in 1975 and took over the vocals previously handled by the departed Peter Gabriel. Collins vocal delivery owed much to Gabriel. Face Value was recorded...
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