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Engelbert Humperdinck returns to Hawaii for tv special

August 13, 2018

HONOLULU (KHON2) - English pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck will be in Hawaii later this month for a concert at the Hawaii Theater.

He last performed here back in 1987 at the Sheraton Waikiki during a celebration and luau to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Humperdinck is probably best known for his number one hit Release Me, which held the number one spot in the U.K. for six weeks in 1967.

    

The first concert on Saturday, August 25 sold out, so another one was added for Sunday, August 26.

    

Tickets start at around $50 and can be purchased at the Hawaii Theater Box Office or on the Hawaii Theater website.

Humperdinck's also performed in Hawaii 36 years ago to a sold-out crowd at Neal Blaisdell Center Arena in 1982.

In celebration of Humperdinck's return to Hawaii, Mayor Kirk Caldwell will present Engelbert Humperdinck with a special Proclamation declaring "Engelbert Humperdinck Day in Honolulu" with music, hula, and of course, flowers.  

The presentation will be at the Halekulani with friends, select fans, and VIP guests invited to attend and share in this special celebration with Engelbert.

Response to Humperdinck's return to Hawaii has been overwhelming, his first show in Hawaii after more than 30 years at the Hawaii Theatre will be filmed for a national public television special.

The show will begin airing in December 2018 through 2019 with some holiday favorites added for the December airings.

His first show at the Hawaii Theatre sold out in just a few weeks, a second show was added to meet public demand.

Details for Hawaii Theatre Show:

WHERE:   Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St, Honolulu, HI 96813

WHEN: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - SOLD OUT

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Hall Doors:  7:00 pm (All ages above the age of 4 years)

Show:  8:00 pm (All ages above the age of 4 years)

Prices: $49.50 - $125.00 Reserved seating

Tickets: www.bampproject.com / www.hawaiitheatre.com / Hawaii Theatre Box Office / Charge by phone 808-528-0506

Humperdinck comments, "This is a very special honor to return to Hawaii after so many years and be presented with a Proclamation and a day named in my honor from Mayor Caldwell. Hawaii has always had a hold on me. Hawaii is a fragrant, melodious and relaxing favorite destination. I have many wonderful memories of vacations with my family, chilling out with my toes in the beautiful, soft sand. This all started my love affair with the islands. I remember the days when I'd hang out on the beach with Lana Turner and Tom Selleck and then go to see Don Ho and other local talent including a very young Bruno Mars who did an Elvis song at my birthday party. And like my dear friend Elvis, I finally will realize my dream to do a TV special from Hawaii. I look forward to sharing all these special moments with all my fans and friends."

"As 'My Music' enters its 20th year on public television, we are making two dreams of mine come true. We are recording our first special in Hawaii, a place that's an integral part of my spiritual journey in life and to work with the amazing Engelbert Humperdinck. Engelbert's music throughout my life has been a constant of beautiful love songs and lush arrangements -- he defines the divine and sings what's in our hearts - I'm so excited to share in his special day and especially the journey, mahalo" says TJ Lubinsky series creator, executive producer and director of public television's most successful fundraising programming musical franchise in history.

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Humperdinck has sold more than 140 million records worldwide, including 64 gold and 35 platinum albums, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame.

He has performed for the Queen four times, several presidents and many heads of state.

He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel.

His unique voice has charmed millions of fans around the globe with hits such as "Release Me," "Quando Quando Quando," "After The Lovin'" and "The Last Waltz."

However, it's not just the voice, but the man himself, with his endearing sense of humor and self-deprecating jokes.

Humperdinck original hit song Release Me held the No.1 spot in the U.K. chart for six weeks in 1967, preventing The Beatles single Penny Lane from reaching the top (and breaking their four-year run of chart toppers).

Release Me was the highest-selling single in 1967, spending a record-breaking 56 weeks in the charts and hitting the No.1 spot in 11 countries.

Last year, he hit the charts again when his 2-CD Anniversary Collection Release Me debuted on the on the U.K. Billboard album chart at No. 5, making it the eighth top-five album of Humperdinck's career.

https://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/engelbert-humperdinck-returns-to-hawaii-for-tv-special/1360729096


 

Engelbert Humperdinck reveals loving support

August 10, 2018

Engelbert Humperdinck reveals loving support for wife’s Alzheimer’s battle He’s had the support of his loving wife Patricia for more than 50 years, and now Engelbert Humperdinck has revealed their bond is as strong as ever as he supports her during her lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The 82-year-old musician – real name Arnold George Dorsey – has praised his wife’s incredible strength in a moving chat with Starts at 60, confirming she’s still fighting and doing incredibly well 10 years after she was first diagnosed with the incurable brain condition.

“She’s doing okay now. It’s been 10 years now, it’s amazing,” he said.

Patricia, who has four children and eight grandchildren with the music legend, began receiving pioneering treatment in Los Angeles a few years ago, helping her to remember more and continue communicating with her loved ones.

Since then, she has continued to fight the disease and Engelbert receives help from carers and professionals as he cares for her amid his busy work schedule.

“It’s something that has been put upon my shoulders and it’s something you’ve got to handle. I’m caring for her in the best possible way I can,” he said.

Asked if she recognises her children and grandchildren, he explained: “Sometimes, it’s more her own children that she recognises.”

The couple are regularly visited by their grandkids, keeping the bond between them strong, and the star revealed music has helped connect them throughout Patricia’s disease.

“Music is a very powerful instrument in healing. It’s helped her [a lot],” he said while adding that people’s prayers have also been a huge support to them both. “I wanted to raise awareness, and I think the more people that pray for you the better. The power of prayer is huge. It has and will help even further in her life.”

Engelbert married Patricia in 1964, three years before he had his first hit with ‘Release Me’. The song went on to famously keep The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane’ off the top spot in the UK charts at the time.

Asked what advice he’d give to others going through the same concerns with a loved one battling Alzheimer’s or dementia, he said: “You have to take it a day at a time and hope that the cure is around the corner.”

Described as “one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around”, Engelbert has enjoyed a hugely successful career spanning more than 50 years. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, and worked with top names including Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Tom Jones and many more.

He’s still working on music now, but splits his time with his family and grandchildren. Revealing he’s loved becoming a granddad, the musical star admitted he isn’t called “grandpa” or anything similar.

“They call me all kinds of different things,” he joked. “Olivia [granddaughter] calls me Pa, while some of them call me Boomer because they couldn’t pronounce anything else!”

Olivia has followed in her Pa’s footsteps too, and even duets with him on his new album. He explained: “She was nine years old at the time. She did an amazing job, she’s a cracking singer, really great. She’s going to be a big star. I’ll predict she will be the next female Bruno Mars.”

Engelbert is now preparing to return to Australia, with his ‘The Man I Want To Be’ tour set to land down under in March 2019. He will be performing in iconic theatres around the country, showcasing new music as well as hits including ‘Quando Quando Quando’, ‘Release Me’, ‘A Man Without Love’, ‘The Last Waltz’ and ‘Am I That Easy To Forget’.

https://startsat60.com/entertainment/arts/music/engelbert-humperdinck-music-interview-wife-patricia-alzheimers


 

 

Engelbert Humperdinck bringing romantic tunes to Akron

July 19, 2018

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By Jim Sullivan / Contributing Writer

Posted Jul 19, 2018 at 6:00 AM, Cape Cod Times

Engelbert Humperdinck will sing old hits and new songs Thursday at Cape Cod Melody Tent.

Engelbert Humperdinck – the 82-year-old English balladeer and ageless sex symbol - made a promise when I spoke with him around 2011. We’d been talking about how Frank Sinatra went out as a performer – not well, reading lyrics from a video prompter and not exactly full of voice.

Said Humperdinck: “I will know when to hang my hat up.”

“And that was seven years ago, right?” Humperdinck queried, last week on the phone from his Los Angeles office. “Well, I’m still going strong. I just love the business. I love being on stage. I haven’t slowed up in any way. On stage, I still dance around and do the things you’re supposed to do. And I’ve got a great following. They don’t quit on me so I’m not going to quit on them. I have a great affinity with my audience.”

Humperdinck – who was born Arnold George Dorsey in India and is “Enge” to his friends and family – relocated with his family to Leicester, England at age 10. He played out initially under his own name, and, as Humperdinck, has been recording since 1967, notching 63 gold and 24 platinum records.

Humperdinck released “The Man I Want to Be” album last November and just completed an as-yet-untitled Christmas album for release in September. (He’s taping a PBS show in Honolulu next month to air around the holiday.)

Humperdinck and his longtime band – six musicians, two female singers - will perform Thursday at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis. His set will no doubt include “Release Me,” “Crazy,” “The Last Waltz” and “Quando, quando, quando” and up to half a dozen new tunes.

“I love being in the contemporary world,” Humperdinck says. “That’s where I want to be, in my world, which is the romantic contemporary world.”

In the interview, he talked more about his long career:

Cape Cod Times: You used to do 140 shows a year and in 2011, you told me you’d scaled back to 90. How about now?

Humperdinck: That’s about it now. The show usually lasts about an-hour-40-minutes. (I tour) all over the world, which makes it interesting for me. I get to go to countries that I’ve been to before and not go in and out like I normally do, but go ahead and really test the waters, take a look

around, take some pictures and understand where they’re coming from.

CCT: Sometimes, musicians on tour can’t tell you anything about where they’ve been except which airport they flew into and the hotel rooms they stayed in.

Humperdinck: That’s something I can’t tell you about, hotels. I don’t remember much about hotels, but I do remember the countries.

CCT: Many musicians, entering a latter phase of performing, will say, “This is what I do, I don’t do anything else and I have the most fun doing this.”

Humperdinck: I’m still working hard, improving my shows that I give the people. I don’t just go there with a show that’s been done before. I give them something fresh every time. I’ve got a new album out, “The Man I Want to Be,” and I’ve got a lot of material from that I use in the show and it gives it a nice fresh appeal.

CCT: What is your secret in maintaining your voice?

Humperdinck: I wish I could tell you the answer to that because I don’t know myself. I’ve just been very lucky with my vocal cords and as I’ve aged, the vibrato slows down. I don’t use much vibrato in my voice now. It’s become a very commercial sound which (to me) is much more than I had 30, 40 or 50 years ago.

CCT: What about longevity? You’re one of the few singers, Tony Bennett being another, who has transcended fads, trends and eras. Any way you can account for that?

Humperdinck: I think mainly because of the style of music that I sing. It’s not something that comes and goes very quickly. I sing about romance, I’ve got good lyrics, good melodies that have a lasting appeal and that’s what we put on our albums. Normally, in today’s world, albums come and they go like – bang! nothing – and nobody remembers it after two or three weeks.

CCT: Tell me about the latest album. What Engelbert are you giving people in 2018?

Humperdinck: Well, there’s a lot of new songs on the album. Number one, is the fact that I dedicated this CD to my wife (Patricia Healy). It’s a love letter to my wife and there’s a couple of songs on it that are for her because she has Alzheimer’s. There’s only one duet on the album, and it was written by my daughter Louise (Dorsey) and her partner Tony Toliver. It’s recorded with her daughter, who was 9 years old at the time. She does an amazing portrayal of this particular song. It’s called “I’m Glad I Danced With You.” You see, I met (Patricia) when she was 17 at a dance hall and we’ve been together ever since. And the other song, “Just Like the First Time,” was written by a guy who must have done his homework because it really depicts my wife and I, our story together.

CCT: Is it hard to sing these songs in concert?

Humperdinck: No, because we are working hard to make her better. She’s had it for a long time (eight years), and it takes a little while before it can go away and I know it can go away. I have extreme confidence in that. It’s not a maybe; I’m positive it’s going to go away.

I also do a song from Bruno Mars called “Just the Way You Are.” There’s a nice story attached to that. I first met Bruno many years ago in Hawaii. I had a fan club party and he performed for me. He was 5 years old at the time. He was doing Elvis.

CCT: I know you and Elvis were friends. What’s the best “friendship” story and best “outrageous Elvis” story?

Humperdinck: I don’t know too much about outrageous. I want to say knowing him was the best thing that ever happened to me because I learned a lot from him by watching his show. We had good conversations. I asked him, “I hope you don’t mind if I sing some of your songs” and he said, “Don’t worry about that, pal, I’ve all your records and I do some of yours, too.”

Besides being an amazing entertainer, he was a great human being, had a lot of civility and he was very humble.

CCT: Being on somewhat the same level professionally, maybe you didn’t have to jump over this big gap and think, “Oh my God, I’m talking to Elvis!” He did what you do.

Humperdinck: (laughs) Well, he was a little bigger than I was. But I talked to him in a very ordinary way. I didn’t think “Oh my God, look who I’m talking to.” Although when I first met him it was “Oh my God!” but after a while it became OK.

CCT: You’ve done duets with Elton John, Smokey Robinson and even Kiss’s Gene Simmons, but I’m not sure if you’ve ever made a more radical choice than singing “Lesbian Seagull,” the song you had in the “Beavis and Butt-Head” movie.

Humperdinck: (laughs) You know, I’ve never performed that live. I feel it’s a great song and a great talking piece and has given me lots of publicity in many ways but putting it in my show could be a little bit dangerous.

CCT: Well, I’ve never heard a more beautiful song about a homosexual relationship between two birds.

Humperdinck: Exactly. I know.

http://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20180719/humperdinck-sings-about-man-i-want-to-be


HPR's All Things Considered: Special Guest Engelbert Humperdinck

July 14, 2018

Entertainment legend Engelbert Humperdinck is returning to the Aloha State August 25 and now August 26, just on-sale today, at the Hawaii Theatre. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence  spoke with him about a career that's intersected with some of the biggest stars, including Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Cary Grant and numerous other critical figures.

 

http://hpr2.org/post/hprs-all-things-considered-special-guest-engelbert-humperdinck

 

Engelbert Humperdinck NHS Voices Music Video

July 09, 2018

NHS Voices Release 'With A Little Help From My Friends' Today

 

NHS Staff Target Second No.1 Single Featuring A Plethora Of Amazing Artists 

 

With Production From US Superstar Timbaland

 

Today NHS Voices release 'With A Little Help From My Friends', a charity single that brings together superstar singers and healthcare heroes to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

A team of NHS staff organised the release featuring the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir which is made up of children’s doctors, physiotherapists, IT experts, midwives and more. They recorded the track at the legendary Abbey Road Studios alongside an incredible line up of musical talent.

Seal, Guy Garvey, Myleene Klass, Nile Rodgers, Louisa, Danny Jones, Beverley Knight, Engelbert Humperdinck, Reef, HRVY, Marina and the Diamonds, Una Healy, Alexandra Burke, Rick Astley, Squeeze, Gabrielle, Tom Smith from Editors, Tony Hadley, UB40, Blue are just a few of the amazing names who have generously given their time and energy to help sing on this incredible NHS milestone.

 

At the helm have been Brit Award-winning, Grammy nominated producer Jon Cohen and US superstar Timbaland creating a cover of the classic Beatles song.

Watch the video here:

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The project was started by Joe Blunden, an NHS communications professional, and children’s Dr Katie Rogerson. Choir leader and children’s community physiotherapist, Caroline Smith, has also been instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

The record has been spearheaded by ordinary NHS staff, amazingly in their our own time in addition to their day jobs. Their tireless work saw them organise the recording of the song. From convincing ITV to make a documentary, to recruiting artists and booking studios, alongside orchestrating the publicity, they have hand a hand in it all. 

The team have form too! In 2015 they successfully campaigned to get the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir to the much coveted Christmas No.1 spot, beating (a very gracious) Justin Bieber.

The driving force behind this record is the current pressures on the NHS. . Joe and Katie want staff to know how much they are loved; both by celebrities, and the general public. Katie knows how much this record will do for morale. Joe works with NHS staff all over England, and see how hard they work, and how much they deserve a lift.

The track deliberately represents seventy years of music, to reflect seventy years of the NHS. Featuring artists from Englebert to HRVY, there is something for everyone, just like the NHS has something for everyone.

Joe said: “We see how hard NHS staff work every single day, and wanted to create something that would show them all just how appreciated they are. Everyone involved has been so generous with their time, and their talent, and we can’t thank them enough.” 

Dr Katie adds: “Joe and I wanted to think of a way to include everyone who is touched by the NHS in a huge celebration. What better way than a Band Aid-style song. This is our way to nod to the past seven decades of love, care and the best of British, standing hand in hand with 1.3 million fantastic staff to say ‘happy birthday NHS’.”

Caroline Smith said: “It is so exciting to be working on a project that celebrates the NHS on this incredible anniversary. Recording with other NHS staff from around the UK - in such a special setting as Abbey Road - has been a real honour. The fact so many amazing musical heroes of ours gave up their time speaks volumes about how highly they regard the NHS and its staff.”

All proceeds from the release will go to NHS Charities Together, a group of more than 130 NHS charities that have come together to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS and raise awareness of the work they do to support patients, staff and community initiatives. 

NHS Voices features:

 

  •  Alexandra Burke
  •  Ali Campbell and Astro from UB40
  • Aston Merrygold
  • Beverley Knight
  • Blue
  • Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, Simon Hanson from Squeeze
  • Coleen Nolan
  • Danny Jones
  • Dennis Greaves, Mark Feltham and Ben Willis from Nine Below Zero
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Gabrielle
  • Gary Stringer from Reef
  • Guy Garvey
  • HRVY
  • Jack and Tim, Britain’s Got Talent
  • Louisa Johnson
  • Marina and the Diamonds
  • Mark King
  • Myleene Klass
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Rick Astley
  • Seal
  • Tom Smith from Editors
  • Tony Hadley
  • Una Healy

 

 

Website www.nhsvoices.com

Twitter @NHSVoices

Facebook: nhsvoices

Instagram: nhsvoices

NHS Charities Together: www.nhsbig7tea.co.uk

 

#NHSVoices / #NHS70 / #NHSCharities


 

Balladeer Engelbert Humperdinck returns to Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Oct. 19

June 11, 2018

NEPA Scene, June 11, 2018


After celebrating 50 years of music there last year, legendary English balladeer Engelbert Humperdinck – known for hits like “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “A Man Without Love,” “After the Lovin’,” and “This Moment in Time” – will return to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on The Man I Want to Be Tour on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $35, $45, $55, and $75, go on sale this Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. A pre-sale for members of the venue’s Music Insiders Club will take place on Thursday, June 14 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Engelbert Humperdinck never wanted to be a singer. A career in music, yes, but he was extraordinarily shy. The youngest boy of a family of 10 children originally from Leicester, England, he grew up in Madras, India, where his father was stationed during World War II. Engelbert’s childhood was dominated by the love of his parents and his brothers and sisters. He knew he could sing harmonies, but the power of his own voice came as a surprise to him and other people. “It’s just so loud, but I discovered I can be tender with it at the same time.”

Like all great icons, he is a man of great depth – masculine and loving, shy inside and uninhibited onstage, prepared to play the sex god to the hilt and, still, at this stage of his career, managing to get away with it. “My mother’s side of the family had the singing voice, so I must have inherited that from her. My father was a man’s man – strong, athletic, charismatic. And I like to do all kind of men things. I love sports, golf, tennis martial arts, soccer, skiing, but at the same time, yes, I do appreciate women.”

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Engelbert has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame. He has performed for the Queen four times, several presidents, and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel. His unique voice has charmed millions of fans around the globe. However, it’s not just the voice, but the man himself, with his endearing sense of humor and self-deprecating jokes. Engelbert managed to strike a new chord with a younger generation after appearing on MTV several times.

Engelbert entered the world as Arnold George Dorsey. At the age of 11, he started studying music and playing the saxophone. When he was 17, 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 an incredible impersonation comedian of Jerry Lewis – and was quickly dubbed Gerry Dorsey by his fans. It soon became his professional stage name.

Gerry Dorsey was very popular on the U.K. music circuit and, in 1959, he released a single called, “Crazybells/Mister Music Man” on Decca Records. However, he contracted tuberculosis, which silenced him for six months and nearly ended his rising music career. Upon regaining his health, Gerry Dorsey knew he had to end his former image to make a comeback as a strong, dynamic performer. A former manager suggested the new name, Engelbert Humperdinck, taken from the Austrian composer who wrote Hansel and Gretel. It was outrageous enough to be memorable. And thus was born the soon-to-be legend Engelbert Humperdinck.

Engelbert exploded on to the music scene in the ’60s with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. His ’60s did not so much swing as rage. The shy handsome boy catapulted almost instantly to world icon. He became great friends with Elvis Presley, and the two legends often performed each other’s songs. His first single in the charts was “Release Me,” which went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts. It was No. 1 in 11 countries. The song was re-released after being used for a U.K. national television commercial for John Smith’s beer. The following decades saw Engelbert touring the world to sell-out crowds. He seems to take great pleasure in every moment on stage, a place where he can lose his inhibitions and no longer be the child who was once shy.

Engelbert’s music has transcended time and his voice still continues to reach out to people now – serving to transport and inspire, to embrace, and to provoke feelings and emotions… ingredients that are no doubt the essence of his long-lasting success.


http://nepascene.com/2018/06/balladeer-engelbert-humperdinck-returns-sands-bethlehem-event-center-oct-19/


 

Border Crossing Engelbert Humperdinck

May 17, 2018

Border Crossings host Larry London interviewed Engelbert Humperdinck whose career has spanned almost 50 years, Engelbert has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 23 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Las Vegas Walk of Fame.

https://www.voanews.com/a/4389810.html

50 years after Release Me, Humperdinck covers Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran

May 04, 2018

By Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star

May 4, 2018

Engelbert Humperdinck marked his 82nd birthday on Wednesday, but you might not want to make a big deal of it when he takes the stage at the AVA at Casino del Sol on Sunday, May 6.

“What do you mean happy birthday?” he quipped in a phone call on the eve of the big day last Tuesday. “I don’t have a birthday. I don’t have any birthdays, ever.”

Seems Humperdinck, who’s bringing his “The Man I Want to Be” tour to Tucson, stopped paying attention to birthdays when he turned 50. And he will be the first to tell you, he still feels 50, even on those long travel days as he makes his way around the country for 80 to 90 concert dates a year. And when he gets on stage, the years don’t seem to matter; he can still hit those high notes, dip into the lower register and sound just as crisp and heartfelt as he did when he was topping the charts back in the late 1960s and throughout the ’80s.

“I love it. And when I’m not working, I get itchy feet and I can’t wait to get on the road and do some more concerts,” he said. “It charges my batteries, It’s really, really a good feeling to walk on stage. It’s the best feeling I can get. It’s better than television, better than recording.”

Humperdinck, who is in the studio now working on a Christmas album, is touring on his latest studio album, released last November. “The Man I Want to Be” is a covers project of songs by everyone from Richard Marx and Ed Sheeran to Bruno Mars and Willie Nelson.

“I think it’s one of the best I’ve done in a long time,” he said, admitting that artists are quick to say that about their newest albums. “But I do think this is one of the best because it has some very unusual music on it and some very contemporary music.’

“Man I Want to Be” is a love letter to Humperdinck’s wife of 53 years Patricia Healey, who has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for the past decade. The record includes Humperdinck dueting with his 10-year-old granddaughter Olivia on the ballad “I’m Glad I Danced With You,” written by Olivia’s parents, Humperdinck’s daughter and son-in-law.

“It’s a love letter,” he said of the song. “I think my granddaughter does a great job of singing the lyrics that (Patricia) would want to sing herself.”

Expect to hear Humperdinck sprinkle a few cuts off the record into his show, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his breakthrough hit “Release Me.”

Backed by an eight-piece band, Humperdinck will pull out all the big hits — “After the Lovin’,” “Last Waltz,” “A Man Without Love,” “Crazy” — and toss in a medley of other notable songs from his 50-years-plus career in a show that will end with his trademark red handkerchief toss.

Every night, Humperdinck will toss out dozens of red handkerchiefs, embroidered with his name and sprayed with his cologne. It’s the ultimate fan-girl souvenir.

The tradition started by accident early in his career when he used a few handkerchiefs to wipe away the sweat during a concert. Fans in the front row extended their hands begging for the spent pieces of cloth and Humperdinck obliged.

“From then on I ordered thousands of handkerchiefs and carried on the ritual,” he said.

http://tucson.com/entertainment/music/years-after-release-me-humperdinck-covers-bruno-mars-ed-sheeran/article_e15c5c9d-b5aa-5e26-b5f9-f30106caa368.html

 

 

Ron Onesti: Engelbert Humperdinck reigns with class

April 20, 2018

By Ron Onesti

Special to dailyherald.com, April 20, 2018

Few performers out touring today still represent the glitz, glamour and class of the tuxedoed entertainers of the 1960s. Tony Bennett, Tom Jones and Paul Anka are still out there, giving magical shows and bringing all audiences' memories to life.Another guy with whom I have been very fortunate to work with on several occasions is the epitome of class and ultimate entertainment … Engelbert Humperdinck.

 

On many nights at The Arcada, we are rockin' hard with those blazing guitars and bangin' snares, but we also have nights like the ones when living legends grace our stage and bring us all back to a calmer, sweeter time in our lives. A time when music was more about families joining together in front of a television, sharing the music and comedy of the day, after a pot roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon.

As a child of the early '70s, my musical heart lies within the classic rock of that decade. I am a rock 'n' roller deep down, but I was also brought up in a time when Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson and Dick Clark were the talent "showcasers" of the day, and when variety show hosts like Carol Burnett, Sonny & Cher, Dean Martin and many others were the hottest thing on our TV (in Technicolor!).

Speaking of "hottest" things on TV, what about the great Tom Jones and his show? Every single female in my extended family, from cousins to aunts, joined together to watch this "Prince of Wales" grind his way into the hearts of millions of women around the world. And the music was fabulous, too, prompting loud singalongs in the front rooms of homes everywhere.

These were classier times on TV, when the showmen of the day wore tuxedos on a regular basis. Rarely did you see Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jones, Humperdinck, Sammy, Bennett and the like without sporting a hand-tied bow tie and vest or cummerbund. Even Elvis wore a tux as he did duet medleys on TV with Frank.

I'm not saying I don't like the styles of various generations as they have evolved over the years on television, but those were just plain classier days.

And I am here to tell you, that when it comes to class, rarely will you find a finer example of entertainment elegance than you will with Engelbert Humperdinck.

As his musicians and vocalists usually travel in a caravan of two buses, he flies into the city of his next performance. He likes fine cars, often speaking of his classic automobiles, mainly Jaguars and Rolls-Royces. So I always pick him up from the airport and hotel in something sleek and sporty, but something spacey to accommodate his long limbs and fit physique.

We celebrated his 80th birthday on his last trip! It is hard to believe that a guy who looks like him, sounds like him and moves like him, is just over 80! But man, he owns it, and delivers a show as good as it ever was in the grandest of Las Vegas showrooms and big-city theaters.

As I spoke with him about his upcoming performance at The Arcada this Sunday, he re-thanked me for a painting I gave him the last time he played The Arcada. He was sitting in our dressing rooms where I had a painting of the late Woodstock-era guitar superstar Jimi Hendrix. I was walking by the room and noticed him just staring at the psychedelic representation of Hendrix. "Did you know him?" I asked.

"Oh, very well," he said. "He was a giant of a man, a true gentleman. Everything that people say about him being a musical genius is true. The way he played those guitars, he actually played the thing upside down! He had the guitars restrung backward and played the guitar upside down to accommodate his left-handed style! He was a genius!"

Engelbert also told me about the time Jimi was on the bill with him, Cat Stevens and others during "Hump's" first tour of the U.K. "My guitar player got sick and could not perform. Jimi offered to step in, but he had just come out with 'Purple Haze' and his stardom would have disrupted our show, I felt. So he played behind a curtain! It sounded like three guitars were playing! It was incredible, and nobody knew about it."

In a turn of activity that doesn't usually happen, I autographed the back of the painting (With love from The Arcada Theatre) and presented HIM with a souvenir of the night! It is usually the other way around! He graciously accepted our gift, and now says it is proudly framed and mounted in his home office. A piece of The Arcada is in HIS home!

His show was a combination all-hits concert and career retrospective, including rare video footage of he and Dean Martin doing medleys, a duet with Elton John's voice piped in, a country number with him in a cowboy hat and a couple of choreographed routines with his backup vocalists. He even shared some funny stories of Dean referring to him as "Engledinck Bumpalump!" And his voice? Powerful as ever, with an incredible range. What a night it's going to be this Sunday!

During his show, he is proud to proclaim he has not touched alcohol in 22 years, which I found strange because each time we worked together, we shared expensive cabernets after the shows. But then he subsequently announces that he lied about the alcohol thing, and toasts to the audience with glass of Bordeaux. He really keeps the crowd smiling and in sincere laughter for the entire two hours.

After the show last year, he took his final bows in a bright red, knee-length bathrobe with his name embroidered on front. He proceeded to jump around the stage, throwing boxing jabs and karate chops. Remember, 81 YEARS OLD! He then made his way back to my car outside the backstage door, stopping for a few adoring fans along the way. He gave us his all, and the crowd returned the favor with all of its devotion.

It is interesting that a guy with so many syllables in his name would be so classy of an individual. Although, the "Bumpalump" name is really growing on me!

Just a few great seats are available for Engelbert Humperdink live at The Arcada Theatre this Sunday at 4 p.m. Call (630) 962-7000 or visit www.oshows.com.

• Ron Onesti is president and CEO of The Onesti Entertainment Corp. and The Historic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Celebrity questions and comments? Email ron@oshows.com.

 

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Engelbert Humperdinck to perform in concert at Hanover Theatre

April 13, 2018

By Richard Duckett

Telegram & Gazette Staff

Posted Apr 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM

WORCESTER — What’s in a name?

We talked about Engelbert Humperdinck with Engelbert Humperdinck.

“The name is 51 years old now,” said the iconic English pop singer/balladeer who spectacularly rose to fame in 1967 with the hit single “Release Me.” “It’s kept me in good standing all these years.”

Closing in on his 82nd birthday May 2, Humperdinck is still going strong, and he’ll be at the The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts for a show at 7:30 p.m. April 17. His latest album, “The Man I Want to Be,” was released late last year.

The man who would be Engelbert Humperdinck was born with the name Arnold George Dorsey. He lived for a while as a child with his parents in India before they returned to England and settled in the city of Leicester. Dorsey performed as Gerry Dorsey but his singing career was sidelined for a while by illness. His manager/agent suggested a change of name and, implicit in that, image. Engelbert Humperdinck (1854–1921) was a German composer best known for the opera “Hansel and Gretel.”

The new name was audacious. “Nevertheless it did prove itself,” Humperdinck said during a recent telephone interview. There’s no shame in the name. “It’s a good name ... It was fun. It turned a stage name into a romantic image.”

With a smooth singing voice and good looks and appearance, he’s kept the image going. “I have a great following wherever I go,” he said. Of all ages? “Very much so,” he said. “They definitely stimulate me in such a way it makes you want to work hard for them.”

Humperdinck is still celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Release Me.” Last year Decca, his old label, released “The Complete Decca Studio Albums,” an 11-CD box set. Then in November Humperdinck put out “The Man I Want to Be.”

“I’ve got a lot of new things to offer,” he said. “A lot of new songs that I’m very proud of. It’s a great performance by me, I think.”

And yet it is very bittersweet as well.

His wife, Patricia — whom he met at a dance hall when she was 17 and has been married to for 53 years - has Alzheimer’s disease.

“The album is dedicated to my wife, Patricia. It’s a love letter to my wife. There are songs that are specifically written for her,” Humperdinck said.

They include “I’m Glad I Danced With You,” which he sings in a duet with his 9-year-old granddaughter, Olivia. Also very touching is “Just Like the First Time.”

Humperdinck said his producer bought the songs to him. “He really made a great arrangement that really touches people’s hearts, including mine.”

Elsewhere the album has other new material such as the title song and the country-sounding “Absolute Beginners,” and covers that include “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran and “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.

Humperdinck said he’d like to record a TV special later this year, preferably in Hawaii. He noted that Elvis Presley did his last show in Hawaii and said that the two were great friends. Asked if he was influenced by Presley, Humperdinck said, “Oh yes, by a long way. He never took himself too seriously. I think that was wonderful. He had a lot of humility. He was a very down-to-earth person.”

Humperdinck wasn’t keeping company with such big names when the single “Release Me” was released. “That was the one that started my life,” he said of the ballad-style plea for release from a failing relationship with a full chorus joining in on the final verse. The song hit No. 1 on the British charts, blocking the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane” from Top of the Pops - the first time in four years that a Fab Four single hadn’t made No. 1. “I hope they didn’t hate me,” Humperdinck said. “I was an unknown person who came from nowhere.” That was changing. By the end of the year Humperdinck had had two more big hits, “The Last Waltz” and “After the Lovin’ ”

“I came over (stateside) and did the Ed Sullivan Show and that was it,” Humperinck said. “He (Sullivan) was a very, very good man for people who were new in the business. He had an amazing way of making people stars.”

Other hits that followed included “A Man Without Love,” “Les Bicyclettes de Belsize” and “Am I That Easy to Forget.”

These days, Humperdinck divides his time between homes in California and England, and performs about 80 to 90 live shows a year.

He said he doesn’t have a fitness regime. “I wish I did. I used to have a great fitness regime. I do try to keep myself as fit as possible.”

Humperdinck will be bringing a band to The Hanover Theatre. “I always have a band. I travel with my band everywhere I go.”

Of course he’ll be singing the hits. “I can’t come without doing that,” he said. And there will be the new songs as well.

“My show is very moving and uplifting,” Humperdinck said. “At times it has its sad moments, but it’s very entertaining.”

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Discography

The Complete Decca Studio AlbumsThe Complete Decca Studio Albums
Engelbert Humperdinck - 50Engelbert Humperdinck - 50
Christmas CDChristmas CD
Runaway CountryRunaway Country
Engelbert CallingEngelbert Calling
ReleasedReleased
We Made It Happen/SweetheartWe Made It Happen/Sweetheart
My Love/King of HeartsMy Love/King of Hearts
Legacy of Love Disc 2Legacy of Love Disc 2
Legacy of Love Disc 1Legacy of Love Disc 1
The Winding Road The Winding Road
An Introduction to Engelbert HumperdinckAn Introduction to Engelbert Humperdinck
Totally Amazing Totally Amazing
Best of Engelbert Humperdinck: The Millenium CollectionBest of Engelbert Humperdinck: The Millenium Collection
GoldGold
Let There Be Love Let There Be Love
Love Songs and BalladsLove Songs and Ballads
His Greatest Love Songs His Greatest Love Songs
Release MeRelease Me
Always Hear the Harmony: The Gospel Sessions Always Hear the Harmony: The Gospel Sessions
Engelbert Humperdinck Live Engelbert Humperdinck Live
Definition of Love Definition of Love
You Belong to My Heart You Belong to My Heart
Love is the Reason [DM]Love is the Reason [DM]
Red Sails in the Sunset Red Sails in the Sunset
I Want to Wake Up With You I Want to Wake Up With You
It’s All in the Game It’s All in the Game
Original Gold Vol. 2Original Gold Vol. 2
Original Gold Vol. 1Original Gold Vol. 1
Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck & the Royal Philharmonic OrchestraEvening with Engelbert Humperdinck & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
An Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck An Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck
#1 Love Songs of All Time#1 Love Songs of All Time
At His Very BestAt His Very Best
The Engelbert Humperdinck Collection The Engelbert Humperdinck Collection
Live at the Royal Albert HallLive at the Royal Albert Hall
In the Still of the Night: 20 Beautiful Love SongsIn the Still of the Night: 20 Beautiful Love Songs
Dance Album [Bonus Track]Dance Album [Bonus Track]
The Best of Engelbert Humperdinck Live The Best of Engelbert Humperdinck Live
Merry Christmas with Engelbert HumperdinckMerry Christmas with Engelbert Humperdinck
Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck 2 [Live] Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck 2 [Live]
Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck 1 [Live]Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck 1 [Live]
The Dance AlbumThe Dance Album
16 Most Requested Songs16 Most Requested Songs
From the HeartFrom the Heart
FeelingsFeelings
Live in JapanLive in Japan
After DarkAfter Dark
You are So BeautifulYou are So Beautiful
Sings BalladsSings Ballads
The Magic of ChristmasThe Magic of Christmas
Magic NightMagic Night
Engelbert Humperdinck Sings the ClassicsEngelbert Humperdinck Sings the Classics
Love UnchainedLove Unchained
Christmas EveChristmas Eve
Engelbert I Love YouEngelbert I Love You
Step into My LifeStep into My Life
An Evening with Engelbert HumperdinckAn Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck
Yours: Quiereme MuchoYours: Quiereme Mucho
YoursYours
Hello Out ThereHello Out There
Engelbert Heart of GoldEngelbert Heart of Gold
Step into My LifeStep into My Life
Love is the ReasonLove is the Reason
Live in Concert/All of MeLive in Concert/All of Me
Remember I Love YouRemember I Love You
Getting SentimentalGetting Sentimental
You and Your LoverYou and Your Lover
Misty BlueMisty Blue
Don't You Love Me Anymore?Don't You Love Me Anymore?
A Merry Christmas with Engelbert HumperdinckA Merry Christmas with Engelbert Humperdinck
Love’s Only LoveLove’s Only Love
Engelbert Sings the HitsEngelbert Sings the Hits
This Moment in TimeThis Moment in Time
Love LettersLove Letters
The Last of the RomanticsThe Last of the Romantics
A Time For UsA Time For Us
Engelbert Sings For YouEngelbert Sings For You
Christmas TymeChristmas Tyme
MiraclesMiracles
After the Lovin’After the Lovin’
The World of Engelbert HumperdinckThe World of Engelbert Humperdinck
Engelbert Humperdinck His Greatest HitsEngelbert Humperdinck His Greatest Hits
My LoveMy Love
Engelbert King of HeartsEngelbert King of Hearts
In TimeIn Time
Live at the Riviera Las VegasLive at the Riviera Las Vegas
Another Time, Another PlaceAnother Time, Another Place
SweetheartSweetheart
We Made It HappenWe Made It Happen
Engelbert HumperdinckEngelbert Humperdinck
EngelbertEngelbert
A Man Without LoveA Man Without Love
Last WaltzLast Waltz
Release MeRelease Me