Phil Collins’ Tie to Texas History

Historically Speaking



Hello, Atascosa County! All of you that will be attending the upcoming Poteet Strawberry Festival, be safe out there. Since last year’s festival was cancelled, this community deserves an outing and one of celebratory proportions.

This week, I will talk about The Alamo’s connection to Phil Collins. For everyone born after 1990, you will probably ask, “Phil who?” For everyone else, yes that Phil Collins. The guy who recorded “In the air tonight” and ‘Sussudio,’ and who performed with Genesis in the 70s and 80s. He’s a legend in rock n’ roll music, one of the best drummers in the world and a hall of fame songwriter.

Phil Collins is also an enthusiast of Alamo History, and a long-time collector of Alamo artifacts. According to, his interest began as a 5-year-old boy when he saw Disney’s Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. Collins’ love for the show soon turned into a passion for the real history as he collected Alamo artifacts, weapons and relics. In 2014, Collins donated his collection to the Texas General Land Office, the guardian of the Alamo.

Last Saturday, I was advised by my friend Cregg Thompson that John Wayne’s version of the Alamo was on TV. I quickly came in and hit the DVR to record the movie. Although I am not a big fan of the added dialogue and theatrical- driven account of history, I am a fan of John Wayne. That is a different story entirely and I will save it for another day. The 2004 version of the Alamo movie is a great account, although the end of the movie with David Crockett’s “screamer scene” should have been left out, in my personal opinion. Cregg Thompson and I went back and forth throughout the weekend and we began to discuss the Phil Collins collection. It happens that a selection of Phil Collins’ collection of artifacts is on display at the Alamo from March 2-April 25, 2021. The current selection features a bronze cannon likely used by the Mexican Army, the original battle orders from General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna ordering the Alamo attack and other relics carefully selected by the Alamo Curator.

From a humble beginning in Middlesex England, to rock stardom, and the rock n’ roll hall of fame, Phil Collins craves the history of a revolution that changed the landscape of Texan and American History. For his donation to the State of Texas, we are thankful.

I hope y’all enjoyed this fun fact for the week. Until next time.

MARTIN GONZALES is the Atascosa County Historical Commission Chairman. If you have history to share, you may contact him at 830-480-2741.

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