In the beginning, Genesis were formed by Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, both students at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey. They were christened Genesis by record mogul Jonathan King, who saw them playing at Charterhouse and signed them to Decca Records, releasing their first album From Genesis To Revelation in 1969. There were various line-up changes, but their dramatic progressive rock style and the colourful personality of singer Peter Gabriel soon won them a big following. When the charismatic Gabriel quit to go solo in 1975, it was widely assumed the band wouldn't survive, but drummer Phil Collins took on the mantle of front man and did such a good job, they surpassed even their previous success. Others left along the way, leaving a core of Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, who managed to keep going into the 2000s despite numerous individual projects, including hits for Rutherford's band Mike and the Mechanics and Phil Collins' solo records.
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