As a solo artist and member of a band, Phil Collins is among the select few musicians who have sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. After he became a drummer for Progressive Rock group Genesis in the early 1970s and eventually took over as their lead vocalist when Peter Gabriel departed the group in 1975, his career truly took off. His first solo record, which marked the start of a very lucrative solo career, was released in the early 1980s, marking another significant turning point in his career. He discussed numerous bands that impacted him throughout the years, even mentioning which one was his favorite. He mentioned that group and his relationship with them, and Rock and Roll Garage picked out his comments.
The group Phil Collins said to be among his favorites
During his formative years in the UK in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Phil Collins was fortunate enough to see firsthand the evolution of numerous amazing bands. Among them was Traffic, a band that was founded in 1967 in Birmingham, England, and continued to exist until 1974. Dave Mason, Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi, and Steve Winwood were the original members of the group. Collins was asked in a 1986 interview (transcribed by Rock and Roll Garage) if he would like to collaborate with any particular artists. In response, he said he loved Traffic and that one of them was Steve Winwood. True enough, Steve Winwood. Since Spencer Davis Group and, of course, Traffic, I mean, I like him. One of my favorite bands was Traffic. He has a fantastic voice, though, and I find it absurd that not more people are aware of him. I am aware that he now has a successful record. But prior to that, people would say things like, “Ah, Steve, wasn’t he once with Spencer Davis?” Really, no one heard of him again. Traffic was a pretty huge band, I guess. However, Phil Collins remarked, “I’d want to collaborate with him and with Aretha Franklin. Later, Winwood contributed to Collins’ solo album.
Three years later, in 1989, Collins’ ambition was fulfilled when he heard Steve Winwood play the Hammond organ on the song “All of My Life” from his album “…But Seriously.” The band put out seven studio albums in the 1960s and 1970s when they were active. However, their last one was issued in 1994, the year of their first reunion. “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “Feelin’ Alright?” and “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys” are a few of their most well-known songs. In 2004, they had their farewell reunion upon being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Steve Winwood has ten studio albums to his credit during his solo career; “Greatest Hits Live” was the most recent release in 2017. He has sold over 18 million records globally in his capacity as a solo artist. His most well-known songs are “Back In The High Life Again,” “Higher Love,” and “Valerie.”
Eric Clapton was a friend and collaborator of both Collins and Steve Winwood during their careers. In the supergroup Blind Faith, he was Steve’s bandmate, and the two had released more music together over the years. Their live CD “Live From Madison Square Garden” was released in 2009. They played hits from Winwood’s solo career, Clapton, Traffic, Derek and the Dominos, and the Blind Faith era. Naturally, some Blues covers as well. Collins and Clapton also collaborated on numerous performances, with the Genesis drummer even producing Clapton’s album “Behind the Sun” in 1985. He continued to work with the vocalist and guitarist in the ensuing years, contributing drums to other songs that were released.