About a month ago, I was asked to write a letter (the official letter, if you will) to the RRHOF Foundation’s Induction Committee. A copy of that letter is below (edited to protect any personal information)…
September 9, 2013
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104
Dear Induction Review Committee,
My name is Lisa Urban from Wisconsin and I am writing on behalf of Yvonne Roberts of Arizona, Kathy Steffen of Ohio, and the millions of Phil Collins fans around the world. We are respectfully requesting that Phil Collins be considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his contributions to the music industry as a solo artist.
Mr. Collins released his first solo record, “Face Value” 32 years ago on February 9, 1981. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Phil Collins has taken on many roles throughout his musical career:
Phil Collins released eight solo albums between 1981 and 2010 that sold over 150,000,000 copies worldwide. He is revered as one of the top artists of the 1980’s.
Mr Collins proved himself to be quite the showman. His energy and lighthearted banter was a hit with audiences in every country. Collins was known for speaking to the audience in the native language of the country he’s performing in, at least in part, so he could connect better with his audience. Always innovative, each tour followed a specific theme for example, the highly successful “But Seriously…” tour carried a circus theme, while the “Dance Into The Light” tour carried a nautical theme. His passion for music and performing shined through in each and every performance.
As a drummer, Phil Collins has been a major influence on many of today’s top drummers. He is best known for his signature “gated reverb” drum sound.
Phil Collins has always considered himself a drummer first and foremost. He has lent his skills as a drummer throughout his career, working and/or touring with many artists including Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Tears For Fears, Howard Jones, Brand X, Brian Eno, Steve Hackett, Peter Gabriel…the list goes on and on. Mr. Collins also had the honor of being the drummer of the house band for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee, playing with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Queen.
As a producer, Phil Collins lent his talent and skill behind the production board to many artists including Frida Lynstad, Eric Clapton, Adam Ant, Howard Jones, Phillip Bailey, and John Martyn. Phil Collins’ approach to production has always been considered easy going, always wanting to maintain each artist’s unique musical style, yet willing to share his knack and ear for arrangements. Each album produced by Collins went on to be extremely successful, proving Collins’ pop sensibilities time and time again.
Phil Collins is also known for his work with a number of charities. He is perhaps best known for being the only artist to play at both the London and Philadelphia Live Aid Concerts on July 13, 1985. But even before that, Collins played drums and sang on the Band-Aid Christmas song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
During the “But Seriously” tour, Collins placed buckets at all of the venue entrances. While introducing “Another Day In Paradise (a song written about homelessness), he requested that concert goers place a donation for the local homeless shelters and charities in those buckets in lieu of purchasing tour merchandise. He continued this practice on all of his proceeding tours.
In 1994 Mr. Collins was given the distinct honor of being appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for his work with The Prince’s Trust Fund.
And in 2001, Phil Collins also started The Little Dreams Foundation, an organization to help budding artists and athletes get the training they need to succeed.
Above all, Phil Collins has always remained committed to his fans, devoting a lifetime to them. For these reasons, we, his many fans, believe Phil Collins deserves a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. We have also set up a Facebook page, “Induct Phil Collins Into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame As Solo Artist”to help illustrate our belief. We encourage you to check it out.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
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Unfortunately, my letter was received a little too late. The list of inductees for 2014 had already been selected and being finalized. The official list was released on October 16, 2013 with Phil not making the list. 😦
I would like to believe that this letter made some impact on them and will keep Phil in consideration for 2015.
So that, dear friends and dedicated Phil fans, is our new goal and purpose.
Let’s consider this the Road To Phil’s Induction 2015! 😉
Until next time… 😀