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Paul Collins got his start back in 1974, and is best know for his song “Hanging on the Telephone”. His first band The Nerves recorded the famous hit, and later on the song was covered and popularized by Debbie Harry. In 1977 Paul Collins created his band The Beat made up of a bunch of well known musicians. The Beat played with many bands, including The Jam, Pere Ubu, The Police, Eddie Money, The Plimsouls and Huey Lewis. The Beat became Paul Collins’ Beat when a ska band from UK began using The Beat as their moniker.