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Texas honours groovy Phil

Pop star Phil Collins has been named an honorary Texan.

Texas politicians saluted his donation of hundreds of Alamo artefacts back to the historic outpost - while offering numerous quips referencing his song lyrics.

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

The 63-year-old Briton is an Alamo buff and spent decades collecting artefacts 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 people took to the floor to joke about Texas having a "groovy kind of love" for its newest honorary citizen.

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