Simon Phillips' Birthday
Simon Phillips (born 6 February 1957) is an English jazz, pop and rock drummer and producer, best known for his studio and session work with seminal English rock acts throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Phillips first started to play professionally at the age of twelve in his father’s Dixieland band for four years. Phillips was the drummer on the 1976 LP 801 Live with Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno. He is also a prolific session drummer, having played for Jeff Beck, The Who, Judas Priest, Tears for Fears, Mike Oldfield and Gary Moore, among others. He was The Who’s drummer in their 1989 American reunion tour. He has released four of his own solo albums. Phillips joined Toto in 1992 after Jeff Porcaro died during rehearsals for an upcoming tour. On January 26, 2014 Phillips left Toto to focus on his own career. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2003.