40 years ago today, Genesis released ‘A Trick Of The Tail‘, their seventh studio album and the first to feature drummer Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist two years after the sudden departure of their theatrical singer Peter Gabriel. After listening to over 400 audition tapes from vocalists, the band entered the studio without a clear idea of who would be their next front man. And, a sort of miracle happened… (1976)
Although Collins taught the leading candidates some of the songs, no one proved to be a stand-out, so the band let him have a go at singing “Squonk”. The performance was so strong that he took over as lead on the rest of album, and having been trained as a child actor, proved to be a wonderful replacement at center stage.
Genesis –Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett, along with Peter Gabriel – was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Collins just celebrated his 65th birthday on January 30.
(WATCH a clip of interviews with the band about the making of “A Trick Of The Tail”.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- New York City — first called New Amsterdam—became an official incorporated city (1653)
- Robinson Crusoe was inspired by this day’s rescue of a shipwrecked man from a desert island (1709)
- The Knights of Columbus formed in New Haven, Connecticut (1882)
- Ulysses by James Joyce was published (1922)
- Dog sleds reached Nome, Alaska with a diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race (1925)
- Frank Sinatra debuted, singing with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra (1940)
- Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II (1943)
- South African President F.W. de Klerk began dismantling apartheid, allowing the African National Congress to resume political activities and vowing to free Mandela (1990)