Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey; 2 May 1936) is an English pop singer. Humperdinck has been described as “one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around.” His singles “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz” both topped the UK music charts in 1967, and sold more than a million copies each. In North America, he also had chart successes with “After the Lovin'” (1976) and “This Moment in Time” (1979). He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
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About Engelbert Humperdinck
His name comes from the 19th century Austrian composer who wrote “Hansel & Gretel.” His voice comes from heaven, and he has been a legend in the international music industry for the last forty plus years, with over 150 million records sold. Some of the evergreen hits that belong to Engelbert include:(Please) Release Me, After The Lovin’, Spanish Eyes, The Last Waltz, Am I That Easy To Forget , There Goes My Everything, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize, Winter World Of Love, This Moment In Time, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and the unforgettable Quando, Quando, Quando.
Engelbert Humperdinck has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to the platinum-selling theme song “Lesbian Seagull” for the latest Beavis and Butthead movie. His remarkable voice and extraordinary talent has endeared him to millions of fans around the globe with the MTV generation having just “discovered” what a magnificent musician the rest of the world has celebrated for decades.
Few people realize that several of the major forces in the world of rock n’ roll, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out as opening acts for Humperdinck in the late’60’s, 70’s and ’80’s. Let’s not forget Humperdinck taking #1 away from the Beatles, as well.
In 1999 “Humper” recorded The Dance Album as his first album in the dance genre. Released by the red-hot dance label Interhit Records, the album featured newly recorded dance versions of six of Engelbert’s greatest hits, along with five original songs. Favorites such as “Quando, Quando, Quando” and “Release Me” are set to an infectious dance beat by dance producer/ remixers Chris Cox and Barry Harris, known collectively as Thunderpuss 2000. The album has enjoyed tremendous success, with “Release Me” hitting Top Ten in the Billboard Dance charts. Says Billboard magazine of The Dance Album: “…brilliantly cool…one of the most fun pop/dance albums of the decade.”
With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for “Entertainer of the Year” (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Humperdinck might rest easy on his laurels. Hardly. In the past few years, he has joined in elite group of musical artists, such as Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach, who have crossed over successfully to strike a new chord with a younger generation, in addition to their core audiences. The Humper has appeared on several MTV programs, including two appearances on “MTV Beach House”, “Chilling with the Weaze” and “Oddville.”
Engelbert Humperdinck came into this world as Arnold George Dorsey, one of ten siblings. His father served in the British military, and his mother taught violin and had an operatic voice. They all lived in Leicester, England and the young lad from Leicester developed strong and enduring family values imparted by his parents. At the age of eleven, Arnold George Dorsey began to study saxophone.
When he was seventeen, Engelbert found himself playing at a pub that sponsored a singing contest. Goaded by his friends to enter, he put down his sax and for the first time revealed another vocal talent: impersonations. Arnold George Dorsey gave the worlds finest impersonation of Jerry Lewis- Jerry Lewis still thinks so-and was quickly dubbed Gerry Dorsey by his fans. It became his professional stage name. Furthermore, he never picked up the sax again.Gerry Dorsey was very popular on the UK music circuit until he contracted tuberculosis, which silenced him for six months and nearly snuffed out his rising star.
Many people assumed his career was finished. Upon regaining his health, Gerry Dorsey knew he had to bury his old, somewhat tainted image to make a comeback as a strong, dynamic performer, still tall, dark handsome and somewhat mysterious. His manager suggested the new name Engelbert Humperdinck. It was just outrageous enough to be memorable. It would take a man with a secure self-image and sense of humor to pull it off. And thus was born the soon-to-be legend, Engelbert Humperdinck.
Few people realize that it was Humperdinck, not Elvis, who made famous the sideburns and flamboyant leather jumpsuits. Engelbert often jokingly asserts that Elvis “stole” the image from him. Nevertheless, the two legends often performed one another’s songs, and enjoyed a lasting friendship until Elvis’ death. Humperdinck has always enjoyed a healthy rivalry with Tom Jones, and the two actually partnered for ten years and shared a manager for many, many more.
Romance serves as the core of Engelbert Humperdinck’s music and lasting success. He knows how to pick songs with eternal themes of love and longing, and lovers always want to hear them sung.
Engelbert recently completed recording his first duets CD “Engelbert Calling.” Featuring brand tracks with a who’s who of the music world, including Sir Elton John, Willie Nelson ,Shelby Lynne, Charles Aznavour, Johnny Mathis, Cliff Richard Neil Sedaka, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, Lulu , Beverly Knight and Gene Simmons, to name a few.
Sir Elton said his new recording pal was “one of the sweetest and nicest people I have ever worked with.” He went on, “We had a great time singing together. He is 76 years old and still sounding as good as ever.”
Engelbert is happily married to his wife of almost 50 years Patricia. The couple has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. Engelbert is managed by his son Scott Dorsey/Dorsey Productions.
Englebert Humperdinck Backing Tracks – A Chance To Be A Hero … After The Loving … Alone In The Night … A Man And A Woman … A Man Without Love … Am I That Easy To Forget … Amor … A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square … Another Time Another Place … Bella Italia … Brazil … By The Time I Get To Phoenix … Call On Me … Can’t Take My Eyes Off You … Can’t You See … Columns Of Grey … Deep In My Heart … Dommage Dommage … Do You Mind … Eternally … Every Breath You Take … From Here To Eternity … Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings … Handbags And Gladrags … Help Me Make It Through The Night … Honky Tonk World … How I Love You … If We Only Had Love … I’m A Better Man … I’m Leaving You … I Never Said Goodbye … In Time … It’s All In The Game … I Want To Wake Up With You … I Wish You Love … Last Of The Romantics … Les Bicyclette De Belsize … Long And Winding Road … Love Can Fly … Love Is All … Love Is A Many Splendored Thing … Love Me With All Your Heart … Love Will Set You Free … Misty Blue … Mona Lisa … My Foolish Heart … On The Wings Of A Silver Bird … Penny Lane … Please Release Me … Quando Quando Quando … Red Roses For My Lady … Shadow Of Your Smile … Somebody Like You … South Of The Border … Spanish Eyes … Stardust … Ten Guitars … The Last Waltz … – There Goes My Everything … There’s A Kind Of Hush … The Way It Used To BeTime … They Say It’s Wonderful … This Guy Is In Love With You … This Is My Song … This Moment In Time … Too Young … Torero … Up Up And Away … We’ll Meet Again … What A Wonderful World … What Now My Love … When You Say Nothing At AllWinter Wonderland … Winter World Of Love … Woman … You Make My Pants Want To Get Up And Dance …