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Texas lawmakers make musician Phil Collins an honorary Texan

March 11, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State lawmakers have named pop star Phil Collins an honorary Texan, saluting his donation of hundreds of Alamo artifacts back to the historic outpost — while offering numerous quips referencing his song lyrics.

The former Genesis singer-drummer appeared Wednesday in the Texas Legislature. He didn’t give a speech, but greeted lawmakers who crowded to shake hands.

The 63-year-old Briton is an Alamo buff and spent decades collecting artifacts related to the 1836 battle, when 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans. Last year, he gave 200-plus pieces of his collection to the Alamo museum.

Collins grinned as many lawmakers took to the floor to joke about Texas having a “groovy kind of love” for its newest honorary citizen.

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