Phil Collins named Honorary Texan

Phil Collins named Honorary Texan

AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) - Award-winning singer and songwriter Phil Collins has been made an honorary Texan.

The resolution, approved Wednesday by the Texas House of Representatives and the Senate, recognizes the star as a Texan and also commends him for his contribution of historical artifacts to be displayed at the Alamo.

"The donation of this phenomenal collection will greatly enhance the experience of visitors to the Alamo, providing them with a greater understanding and appreciation of the famous battle and its place in the arc of history," the resolution reads. "Phil Collins has long been admired by innumerable fans across Texas for his musical accomplishments, and by sharing his love of our frontier heritage through this superlative gift, he has earned the lasting respect and gratitude of all residents of the Lone Star State."

Collins is well-known for his time as the drummer and lead singer for rock group Genesis and his songs featured in Disney movies. But he's also an avid collector of artifacts.

According to the Legislature's resolution, Collins has assembled what is considered one of the world's largest private collection of Alamo and Texas Revolution artifacts. The collection contains hundreds of documents, including a letter from Stephen F. Austin, an 1835 grant of land to Sam Houston, a rifle and leather pouch owned by David Crockett and a knife carried in battle by Jim Bowie.

Collins has been a longtime fan of Texas history.

The singer, who was born in London in 1951, first became interested in the Battle of the Alamo as a child when he saw the Disney series "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier," the resolution states. He began amassing his collection in 1994 when his wife gave him a receipt for a saddle sold by John W. Smith, who eventually became the first mayor of San Antonio.

The singer also funded two reprintings of author George Nelson's book, "The Alamo: An Illustrated History."

Collins has written songs for the Disney Feature's "Tarzan" and "Brother Bear." "You'll Be In My Heart" from "Tarzan" earned Collins a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

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