Friday, January 30, 2009

January 30: Rockin' Disney Legend

On this day in 1951, singer-songwriter-drummer Phil Collins was born Philip David Charles Collins in Chiswick, London.
Best known as the lead singer & drummer for Genesis and as a Grammy and Academy Award-winning solo artist, Collins started out wanting to be an actor. (He was an extra in The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.)
His connection to Disney goes back to the 1999 animated Tarzan and his hit single "You'll Be in My Heart" - which spent 19 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and won an Oscar.
He even performed "You'll Be in My Heart" during a Super Bowl half-time show. His music can also be heard in the 2002 follow-up Tarzan & Jane. Tarzan went on to become a stage musical as well with Collins writing additional material.
Collins also wrote music for the 2003 Brother Bear. One of his songs "Welcome" was later used as the theme for Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams (which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.)
His interest in acting came full circle when in 2002 he voiced the character Lucky for Disney's animated feature The Jungle Book 2 ... the same year he was inducted a Disney Legend.

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