Phil Collins: My Life in 15 Songs

The singer on the critics who hate him, the rappers who love him and why he's also a little sick of "Sussudio"

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George Harrison, "Art of Dying" (1970)

In 1969, I was playing drums in a band called the Herd. One night, our managers called me and said, "You want to go down to Abbey Road?" I said, "I'm a bit busy, I've just had a bath." And they said, "Well, it's for George Harrison." I went, "I'll get a cab." I walked in and there was Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Phil Spector, Klaus Voorman, Badfinger, [guitarist] Pete Drake, [Beatles road manager] Mal Evans and George. Spector was introduced in this brusque way. He was like, "Who is this young guy, thinks he can play with the Beatles?"

They wanted me to play congas. After 90 minutes, I had blood blisters. They took a break, and then Ringo's chauffeur came and said, "You're finished." When All Things Must Pass came out, I looked through the credits and there was no mention of me. They used a different version of the song.

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