On This Day: Genesis release first Phil Collins lead vocal album 'A Trick of The Tail'

music news 02/02/2022

While touring 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' at the beginning of 1975, lead singer Peter Gabriel announced that he was leaving Genesis.

The band's future was uncertain but as Phil Collins, Michael Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Steve Hackett rejoined to record their next album 'A Trick Of The Tail', it would mark a new era for Genesis.

With the absence of Gabriel, the band was now in need of a new lead vocalist. An ad was put out for a 'Genesis-type group' drawing in over 4000 auditions, narrowing down to just a handful of potential new vocalists including Mick Strickland.

Strickland initially was picked by the band but when it come to recording 'Squonk', it become clear it wasn't in a comfortable key for him and in the end, didn't get the spot. 

Without a lead vocalist, Phil Collins, who'd only done light singing in the band at the point, attempted to lead vocal the song himself and the rest is history.

In 1976, a year after the departure of Gabriel, 'A Trick Of The Tail' was released. Debuting at Number 5 on the UK chart, the album went on to become the band's highest charting album since 'Selling England By The Pound', released in 1973, and their best perfoming album in the US to this day.