On this day in music history: July 19, 1986 - “Invisible Touch” by Genesis hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford, it is the biggest hit for the progressive rock band from Godalming, Surrey, UK. While his third solo album “No Jacket Required” is still riding high in the charts, Phil Collins will re-join his Genesis bandmates keyboardist Tony Banks, and guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford in the Fall of 1985 to begin work on the follow up to their previous album “Genesis”, released two years earlier. Recording at their studio The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, the idea for what will become “Invisible Touch”, will evolve out of an in studio jam session while the band are working on the track “The Last Domino”. Rutherford will begin playing the songs’ signature riff as Collins improvises the line “she seems to have an invisible touch”. Realizing they’re on to something, they will begin crafting a song around those parts. The trio will agree that it is a hit, and will decide that it not only will be the title track of their next album, but will be its first single. Issued on May 19, 1986, “Invisible Touch” will be an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #45 on May 31, 1986, it will climb to the top of the chart seven weeks later. The week that “Invisible Touch” tops the US singles charts, Genesis’ former lead singer Peter Gabriel will move up to number two on the Hot 100 with “Sledgehammer”. It will mark the first time in Billboard chart history that a band and one of its former members have held down the top two positions on the Hot 100. Gabriel will succeed Genesis at the top of the chart the following week on July 26, 1986, giving him his highest charting single in the US as well. “Invisible Touch” will be the first of five consecutive top five singles to be released from the album, helping drive its sales to over 6x Platinum status in the US.