Veteran singer to receive songwriting honor

Phil Collins will get props for his writing chops when he receives the Johnny Mercer Award at the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony June 17 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

The singer-producer-drummer-composer-actor has been a hit-maker since assuming lead vocalist duties for the U.K. band Genesis in the mid-’70s, which led to a major solo career. He has authored such chart smashes as “In the Air Tonight,” “Against All Odds,” “In the Air Tonight” and “Two Hearts.”

Collins has also penned tunes for such Disney pics as “Tarzan,” winning a Golden Globe for his song “You’ll Be In My Heart” for the animated feature. His screen work has included appearances in “Tommy” and “Hook.”

He joins previous Mercer honorees Holland-Dozier-Holland, Paul Anka, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Leiber & Stoller, Bacharach & David, Cy Coleman, Stephen Sondheim and Allan & Marilyn Bergman.

Leonard Cohen, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and the members of Earth, Wind & Fire will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year. Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond founded the awards in 1969.

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