Atlantic RecordsAgainst all odds, the British-born Phil Collins just became a Texan. The Texas state legislature named the 64-year-old musician an honorary Texan as a gesture of thanks for his generous donation of Alamo artifacts last year, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

“I think no one could ever imagine that someone from England could do this, much less from Texas,” State Rep. Lyle Larson said Wednesday. “The generosity that he’s demonstrated will have a profound impact on telling the story.”

Among the items Phil donated from his vast collection are a rifle and leather shot pouch once owned by Davy Crockett, as well as a knife owned by Jim Bowie, who played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution.

Phil, who now resides in Switzerland, seems an unlikely Texas history buff, but the singer says his passion for the state’s history began when he watched Davy Crockett on TV as a boy in England. His fascination only grew, and according to an Alamo press release, he held the largest known private collection of artifacts from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo. In 2012, he released a book documenting his collection, entitled The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.

After the ceremony at the Texas Capitol in Austin Wednesday, we can only hope he went out and had some authentic Texas barbecue to celebrate.

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