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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1967–98, 2006–present)

The core of GenesisPeter Gabriel (vocals), Tony Banks (keyboards) and Mike Rutherford (bass) – met at school in the mid-1960s. Steve Hackett (guitar) and Phil Collins (drums) joined in 1970 to complete the classic line-up, which recorded Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972) and Selling England By The Pound (1973), albums whose complex songs characterized English progressive rock.

Tensions between Gabriel and his colleagues following the ambitious concept album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974) saw the singer quit to be replaced at the microphone by the slightly reluctant Collins. Trick Of The Tail (1976) became the band’s biggest US success so far. Genesis continued to prosper as a trio when Hackett departed after 1977’s Wind And Wuthering.

In the 1980s, a more radio-friendly approach yielded the band’s most commercially successful period. Collins left in 1997 and Genesis made one more album with singer Ray Wilson. Collins, Rutherford and Banks reunited for live work in 2007.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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