You probably didn't know that the singer and actor is also a big Alamo collector.
Phil Collins is looking for a new home for his vast collection of Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolution artefacts and is hoping to give them back to the state of Texas if it can find somewhere to house them all. The singer and former Genesis star is one of the world's most prominent collectors of pieces related to the 1836 battle.
The 'In The Air Tonight' singer's interest in the battle and American history reportedly began when he was 5 year-old and saw Fess Parker portray Davy Crockett in a 1950s Disney miniseries. He is also said to have passed on his enthusiasm to his five children.
Collins has amassed a sizeable bank of artefacts, including documents from Sam Houston, William B. Travis and Stephen F. Austin; "hundreds" of cannonballs; uniforms and weapons; a shot pouch believed to have belonged to Davy Crockett as well as a sword belt believed to have been worn by Alamo commander William B. Travis when he died in battle.
The singer's most prized item is apparently a receipt signed by Travis for 32 head of cattle used to feed the Alamo defenders.
The collection, which is estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars, has mostly been kept at Collins' home in Switzerland but will be shipped back to the US as Collins makes his donation to the Texas General Land Office, which manages the downtown San Antonio shrine to Texas independence.
"We've always had a pipe dream to get a collection like this," GLO project manager Kaye Tucker told Texas Monthly. Meanwhile, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said that the GLO has plans for a permanent Phil Collins Collection at an Alamo visitors center at the Texas site.
"We're both at an age where we're starting to think, 'What do you do with your stuff?' He just has a lot more important stuff than I do," Patterson told the San Antonio Express-News.
Some of the artefacts are expected to be on display within a year.
The Generous Phil Collins Is To Donate His Large Alamo Collection To Texas.