Engelbert Humperdinck
British pop singer
Engelbert Humperdinck
Engelbert Humperdinck is a British pop singer, best known for his number one hits "Release Me" and "The Last Waltz", as well as "After the Lovin'" and "A Man Without Love". On 1 March 2012 the BBC announced that Humperdinck would represent the United Kingdom in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, to be staged in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 26 May.
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Humperdinck cancels again at Minnesota casino
Yahoo News - over 3 years
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health issues have forced British crooner Engelbert Humperdinck to cancel two shows, including an already rescheduled appearance at a Minnesota casino.
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A spellbinding treat
Bucks Free Press - over 3 years
Hansel and Gretel is full of ‘hocus pocus’ the spellbinding Engelbert Humperdinck opera which had its premiere at Garsington last evening is a magical mystery trip, not just by the two main characters, but throughout.
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Singer seeks £2m number plate buyer
Bucks Free Press - over 4 years
Music veteran Engelbert Humperdinck is trying to trace a rich mystery man who offered to buy his personalised car number plate - for £2 million.
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SportsFest boys tournament will pick up intensity; especially if music is turned down
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 4 years
Allentown turned into blowout city on Thursday when the "A-town Throwdown" boys varsity basketball tournament got underway at Cedar Beach. When you put teams into pools of four and you are determined to have teams avoid playing teams they would normally play (and that's precisely what the coaches want), you're bound to get some mismatches and eight of the nine varsity games played on Thursday night were one-sided and decided by 20 points or more. The only game decided in single-digits was Nazareth's win over Boyertown, and even that was a nine-point spread. The games, which will probably be played inside at Muhlenberg College, should get a little closer tonight, and again on Saturday when pool play is completed. And then Sunday should be terrific as the tournament goes from the Sweet 16 to the elite eight to the final four and then the championship game. One other thing that takes away from the basketball atmosphere at SportsFest is the non-stop music playing over the loudsp ...
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Joel Schwartzberg: It's Still Man-ly to Like Manilow, Especially on Barry's Birthday
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I'm listening to Barry Manilow, and it's no accident. In my ears, Barry -- who turned 69 today -- is belting out "Weekend in New England" with unabashed diva dedication. And I like it. My name is Joel Schwartzberg. I'm 43, a husband, a dad, and a Barry Manilow fan. In 1977, when I was 9, Barry Manilow -- born Barry Alan Pincus 34 years prior -- released Barry Manilow Live to the world, my mother included. She played that record and others so often I consider them the soundtrack to my childhood. "Looks Like We Made It" "Weekend in New England" "Could It Be Magic" "This One's For You" "Even Now" "All the Time" When things get beaten into your head like that, you're going to either obsessively love them or obsessively want to kill them. But unlike those who consider Barry an easy pop culture punching bag, I have no malice. As I write this on a New Jersey commuter train home, the lush compositions complement the fall scenery whizzing by on the other s ...
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Letter: It’s time we quit farcical Eurovision
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
It would seem that correspondent Graham Branston, (Letters, May 20), is suggesting that Engelbert Humperdinck should hang up his microphone after the farce we know as the Eurovision Song Contest.
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Humperdinck falls flat at Eurovision
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
The Eurovision Song Contest once again proved a graveyard for British artists as veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck scored just 12 points in the final, coming second from last with his ballad "Love Will Set You Free".
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Eurovision Song Contest set for battle of the oldies as Russian grannies face Humperdinck
Fox News - almost 5 years
Usually a jamboree of youthful exuberance — and questionable taste — this year's Eurovision Song Contest features a pair of elderly acts among its top contenders. Engelbert Humperdinck, 76, takes the stage Saturday night for the United Kingdom, 45 years after he first got international attention crooning the hit "Release Me." He'll be wearing a necklace given to him by Elvis Presley. Humperdinck faces stiff competition for the gray vote from Russia's Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of six grannies, the eldest of them 77. Their performance understandably won't include the intense gyrations favored by many younger performers, but does feature some choreographed baking. They'll be going up against 24 other finalists in the 57-year-old competition viewed by some 125 million people worldwide and hailed by its legion of devoted fans as harmless, kitschy fun that allows Europeans to forget their differences — and economic troubles — for at ...
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Europe's version of 'American Idol' a joke
CNN Bussiness Blogs - almost 5 years
Normally, its viewers don't associate "Eurovision" with global politics. The annual singing show is a camp retread of the cultural wasteland of the 1970s -- all crashing ballads, gaudy europop and singing penguins. Britain has signaled its contempt for the contest by sending 76-year-old Engelbert Humperdinck as its representative, a man once regarded as a stud but who now looks eerily like one of those Mexican mummies. The crooner was born two decades before Eurovision even started, and it's touch and go whether he'll survive the weekend.
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Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan: Engelbert Humperdinck's amazing healing hands
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Jo Dorsey gives a unique insight to the family life of Engelbert Humperdinck as he prepares to fly the flag for Britain at the Eurovision song contest on Saturday.
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My father-in-law Engelbert Humperdinck and his amazing healing hands: Our Eurovision hopeful's miraculous power to cure his fans' illnesses
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Jo Dorsey gives a unique insight to the family life of Engelbert Humperdinck as he prepares to fly the flag for Britain at the Eurovision song contest on Saturday.
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Album reviews: Beach House, Clara Ponty and Engelbert Humperdinck
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
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This canine’s cute, but hardly talented
Milton Keynes Citizen - almost 5 years
I CAN imagine that, in centuries past, Romans conscious that the days of the mighty Empire were coming to a close would look down on the spectacle of gladiators hacking bits off each other and muse that you can tell a lot about a society by the choices it makes in terms of entertainment. Yes, they will have said to themselves, when we started flooding the amphitheatres to stage mock sea battles, I could tell it was going to end badly. Pass me a fiddle and box of matches, will you, I’ve got an idea... It’s a state of mind I recognise when I glumly survey the biggest hits of today’s media landscape. How else are you supposed to react when, after a lengthy search, hours of prime time TV and doubtless millions of pounds, the verdict is in. Apparently Britain doesn’t have talent after all, but someone in Britain has a marginally talented dog. I don’t want to tramp on young Ashleigh Buter’s dreams here after her triumph at the weekend, but there are two big obstacles in building a glitte ...
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Attn. Jon Hamm: 70-year-old virgin 'Sexational' Pam Shaw wants tall, dark, handsome
Newsroom Jersey - almost 5 years
BY BOB HOLT NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM A cabaret singer known as Sexational Pam Shaw has always managed to keep working, and for years has put her social life aside. A lot of years. But Shaw says now is the time to make her move. Pam is a 70-year-old virgin and has decided the time has come to lose her virginity. Shaw said to The Sun, "I’m hoping to bag a tall, dark and handsome millionaire. I am ready to give marriage a go and maybe go to bed with a man. I'm ready to take the plunge for the right bloke.” According to Mail Online, Pam lived with her mother Lilian in North West England until she died in 1995. She has opened for entertainers like Engelbert Humperdinck, and shared a dressing room with Tom Jones in the 1960s that was only separated by a curtain. Shaw has been performing for over 50 years, and has had her share of sexual opportunities. “Men saw the outfits I wore on stage and thought I would be easy,” she said, according to the Long Island Press. “But I’ve neve ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Engelbert Humperdinck
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 79
    On 13 January 2016 Humperdinck performed for a sold out show in The Villages.
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  • 2014
    Age 77
    Good Records on 30 September 2014, with Humperdinck making a number of promotional appearances on radio and television, including an extended conversation with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on HuffPost Live.
    More Details Hide Details A Special Edition Vinyl EP with four tracks from the album was released in May 2015. According to OK! Good Records, the EP is Humperdinck's first vinyl release after a gap of twenty-five years, and "will be a limited edition 7" vinyl record with a first pressing of 1,000 copies on transparent cloudy clear vinyl."
  • 2012
    Age 75
    The song, "Love Will Set You Free" was unveiled on 19 March 2012, produced by Grammy award-winning music producer Martin Terefe and co-written by Sacha Skarbek.
    More Details Hide Details The song was recorded in London, Los Angeles and Nashville, Tennessee, and was mixed by Thomas Juth in London. When Humperdinck's participation was announced, he was set to become the oldest singer to ever participate in the contest at the age of 76. During the final allocation draw, the United Kingdom was drawn to perform first. Humperdinck eventually finished in 25th place out of 26, coming in second to last in the voting, with 12 points. In 2013, he collaborated with Australian surf-rock band The Break (composed in part by former members of Midnight Oil) by providing the vocals to the song, "Ten Guitars," for the album, Space Farm.
  • 2010
    Age 73
    In November 2010 he returned to Australia for a number of concerts, while adding a new studio album, Released, to his discography.
    More Details Hide Details Despite international tours, Humperdinck frequently returns for concerts in the United Kingdom; in May 2015, Humperdinck returned for three concerts in his home country, at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the Royal Albert Hall. Humperdinck's current recording project is a new studio album of duets. The double-CD, Engelbert Calling, was released in the UK on 17 March 2014 by Conehead Records, and charted in the UK Top-40. The album finds the singer in duets with such musicians as Charles Aznavour, Elton John, Il Divo, Johnny Mathis, Lulu, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John, Cliff Richard, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Neil Sedaka, Ron Sexsmith, Gene Simmons, and Dionne Warwick, among others. The album was released in North America by OK!
  • 2009
    Age 72
    Well into his fifth decade as a successful entertainer, Humperdinck enjoys an annual schedule of international concert dates. He has performed in a range of venues and events. In 2009, Humperdinck performed at Carols in the Domain, a popular Christmas event held in Sydney, Australia.
    More Details Hide Details The following year found him in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the prestigious Orchestra Hall, in a performance on October 2010.
  • 2007
    Age 70
    In 2007, Humperdinck released The Winding Road.
    More Details Hide Details In a conversation with Larry King, Humperdinck discussed the genesis of the album; he pointed out that The Winding Road featured songs exclusively by British composers, as a "tribute to his home country", released as it was to mark 40 years since his first international hit recording. During the recording of the Gorillaz album Plastic Beach, Humperdinck was asked by Damon Albarn to contribute to the album as a guest artist. However, after listening to the proposed selection, the singer's management of the time declined the offer without Humperdinck's knowledge. Describing the event, Humperdinck stated that the missed opportunity was, "the most grievous sin ever committed", and that he would have gladly collaborated with the Gorillaz. He added that he had since parted ways with his then-management, handing over duties to his son, Scott Dorsey. At the end of the interview, Humperdinck observed: "I'd really like to rekindle that suggestion again and bring it back. Hopefully they will ask me again. My son Scott will definitely say yes".
  • 2005
    Age 68
    He was back in the studio soon after, releasing Let There Be Love in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Music critics have remarked on the historical span of material in the album, from songs first made popular in the 1920s to more recent ones from the 1990s, and point especially to Humperdinck's version of Nick Lowe's "You Inspire Me" as a noteworthy cut.
  • 2004
    Age 67
    The critically acclaimed album was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album of the Year", while Humperdinck was photographed with generations of fans at the 2004 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
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  • 2003
    Age 66
    In the spring of 2003, Humperdinck collaborated with Grammy Award-winning artist-producer Art Greenhaw to record the roots gospel album Always Hear the Harmony: The Gospel Sessions; joining Humperdinck on the album were The Light Crust Doughboys, The Jordanaires and The Blackwood Brothers.
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  • 2000
    Age 63
    Humperdinck's recording career has continued into the new century, with new albums and a range of musical collaborations. In 2000, he hit the top five of the British album charts with Engelbert at His Very Best, and returned to the top five four years later, after he appeared in a John Smith's TV-advertisement.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1996
    Age 59
    He retained a public profile during these years, making numerous appearances on radio and television, including the Late Show with David Letterman and The Howard Stern Show, and at events such as the 1996 Daytona 500, where he performed The Star-Spangled Banner.
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    Musical appraisals of Humperdinck's career in the 1990s point to him earning "a new hip cachet" during the Lounge Revival, and note the success of new artistic ventures such as his recording of Lesbian Seagull for the soundtrack of the 1996 film Beavis and Butt-head Do America, and his dance album from 1998. 1995's Love Unchained, produced by Bebu Silvetti, peaked in the UK Top-20 album charts, marking a return to form in his home country.
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  • 1989
    Age 52
    Humperdinck was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989 and won a Golden Globe Award as entertainer of the year, while also beginning major involvement in charitable causes such as the Leukemia Research Fund, the American Red Cross, the American Lung Association, and several AIDS relief organisations.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote a song for one charity-group titled "Reach Out" (released in 1992, on his studio album Hello Out There).
  • 1987
    Age 50
    In the following years, Humperdinck continued with studio recordings, including a duet with Gloria Gaynor for his 1987 album Remember, I Love You In 1989, he recorded Step into My Life (released as Ich Denk An Dich in Germany).
    More Details Hide Details Songs on the album were written by songwriters and musicians such as Dieter Bohlen and Barry Mason. It spawned several singles: "Red Roses for My Lady", "I Wanna Rock You in My Wildest Dreams", and a version of Dieter Bohlen's first hit from the album Modern Talking, "You're My Heart, You're My Soul".
  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 42
    In 1979, following his late-decade chart successes stateside, Humperdinck took his stage show to Broadway with appearances at the Minskoff Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1980s, Humperdinck consolidated his discography, recording regularly and performing as many as 200 concerts a year while continuing with headlining appearances in Las Vegas at the Hilton Hotel (Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino). In the early and mid 1980s, he made a number of special appearances as an actor on popular television dramas of the time, including The Love Boat, Hotel, and Fantasy Island. Following his stint as a recording artist with Epic, he released what William Ruhlmann has called an "ambitious double album" titled A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (1985). Ruhlmann commends Humperdinck for recording this album of standards from the American Songbook; he notes that the work "was a long time coming," while acknowledging that "the album deserved a broader distribution than it received." The album was released in the UK as Getting Sentimental and reached the UK Top-40 album charts in the summer of 1985.
    Joel Diamond went on to produce a series of albums recorded by Humperdinck for Epic, including This Moment in Time from 1979 (the title song topped the US adult contemporary charts) and two Christmas albums.
    More Details Hide Details The two men have remained good friends.
  • 1977
    Age 40
    Jetter had successfully brought a paternity suit against Humperdinck following the birth of her daughter Jennifer in 1977.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 39
    In 1976, Humperdinck's commercial credentials were buoyed by "After the Lovin'", a ballad produced by Joel Diamond and released by CBS subsidiary Epic.
    More Details Hide Details The song was a top ten hit in the US and was nominated for a Grammy Award, went Gold, and won the "most played juke box record of the year" award. The album of the same name reached the top twenty on the US charts, and was a Double Platinum hit for the singer. Three of the album tracks were produced by Bobby Eli and recorded at the Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. As critics point out, the singer's unexpected foray into the "Philadelphia Sound" was successful, adding to the overall strength of the work. Rounding off the year, Humperdinck made his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson with a live performance of the hit single.
  • 1972
    Age 35
    In 1972, he starred in his own BBC Television series Engelbert with The Young Generation on BBC1 which ran for thirteen weeks, featuring the dance troupe and regular guests The Goodies and Marlene Charell, as well as international guests.
    More Details Hide Details By the middle of the decade, Humperdinck concentrated on selling albums and on live performances, with his style of balladry less popular on the singles charts, developing lavish stage productions that made him a natural for Las Vegas and similar venues. He performed regularly at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas through the early and middle years of the decade, recording a live album at the venue with The Three Degrees as backing singers.
  • 1969
    Age 32
    For six months in 1969 - 1970, Humperdinck fronted his own television series The Engelbert Humperdinck Show for ATV in the UK, and ABC in the US.
    More Details Hide Details In this musical variety show, the singer was joined by some of the most popular and legendary figures then active in entertainment, including Paul Anka, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Ray Charles, Four Tops, Lena Horne, Liberace, Lulu, Carmen McRae Dusty Springfield, Jack Jones, Tom Jones and Dionne Warwick. By the start of the 1970s, Humperdinck had settled into a busy schedule of recordings, and a number of signature songs emerged from this period, often written by noted musicians and songwriters; among them, "We Made It Happen" (written by Paul Anka), "Sweetheart" (written by Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb), "Another Time, Another Place," and "Too Beautiful to Last" (theme from the motion picture Nicholas and Alexandra).
  • 1967
    Age 30
    In early 1967, the changes paid off when Humperdinck's version of "Release Me" made the top ten on both sides of the Atlantic and number one in Britain, recorded in a smooth ballad style with a full chorus joining him on the third refrain, and keeping The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever"/"Penny Lane" from the top slot in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details Another groundbreaking video showed Engelbert tied up with a lasso. "Release Me" spent 56 weeks in the Top 50 in a single chart run. "Release Me" was believed to have sold 85,000 copies a day at the height of its popularity, and it was the best known of his songs for years. Humperdinck's easygoing style and good looks earned him a large following, particularly among women. His hardcore female fans called themselves "Humperdinckers". "Release Me" was succeeded by two more hit ballads: "There Goes My Everything" and "The Last Waltz", earning him a reputation as a crooner, a description which he disputed. "If you are not a crooner," he told The Hollywood Reporter writer Rick Sherwood: "It's something you don't want to be called. No crooner has the range I have. I can hit notes a bank could not cash. What I am is a contemporary singer, a stylised performer."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 29
    Three months later in October 1966, he was on stage in Mechelen.
    More Details Hide Details He made a mark on the Belgian charts with "Dommage, Dommage", and an early music video was filmed with him in the harbour of Zeebrugge. In the mid-1960s, Humperdinck visited German songwriter Bert Kaempfert at his house in Spain and was offered arrangements of three songs: "Spanish Eyes"; "Strangers in the Night"; and "Wonderland by Night". He returned to England where he recorded all three songs. He recognized the potential of "Strangers in the Night" and asked manager Gordon Mills whether it could be released as a single—but his request was refused, since the song had already been requested by Frank Sinatra.
    Humperdinck enjoyed first real success during July 1966 in Belgium, where he and four others represented England in the annual Knokke song contest.
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  • 1965
    Age 28
    In 1965, Dorsey teamed up with Gordon Mills, his former roommate in the Bayswater area of London, who had become a music impresario and the manager of Tom Jones.
    More Details Hide Details Mills was aware that Dorsey had been struggling for several years to become successful in the music industry, and he suggested a name-change to the more arresting Engelbert Humperdinck, borrowed from the German 19th-century composer of operas such as Hansel and Gretel. Dorsey adopted the name professionally but not legally. Mills arranged a new deal for him with Decca Records, and Dorsey has been performing under this name ever since.
  • 1964
    Age 27
    In 1964, Humperdinck married Patricia Healey.
    More Details Hide Details They have four children. Through the years, Humperdinck has maintained a strong family life, even as the family alternated between homes in England and in southern California. Humperdinck is also a successful real-estate entrepreneur and businessman. He invested in prime real estate properties in Hawaii, Mexico and United States. In the 1970s he bought the Pink Palace, which had been owned by Jayne Mansfield, in Los Angeles. He sold it in 2002 for $4 million to developers. In the 1980s he bought a hotel property in La Paz, Mexico and renamed it La Posada de Englebert. The hotel did well for a while, acquiring a reputation as an off-the-beaten-track gem. However, in later years, his ownership to the property was successfully challenged. The hotel was demolished in 2012, and was replaced by the Posada Hotel Beach Club.
  • 1961
    Age 24
    He continued working the nightclubs until 1961, when he was stricken with tuberculosis.
    More Details Hide Details He regained his health and returned to nightclub work, but with little success. Dorsey spent the early 1960s living in a house with Johnny "Sambuca" Todd in Jersey where he honed his talent.
  • 1958
    Age 21
    He got his first chance to record in 1958 with Decca Records after his discharge.
    More Details Hide Details His first single "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" was not a hit, but Dorsey recorded for the same company almost a decade later with very different results.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on May 2, 1936.
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