Review: Engelbert Humperdinck defies time, age on new album
Engelbert Humperdinck Celebrates 50 Years As A Recording Artist With Heartfelt The Man I Want To Be
21 NOVEMBER 2017 BY JESSE, rockandrollfables.com
Nothing says “holiday” quite like Engelbert Humperdinck, right? But wait! The Man I Want To Be is not the new holiday classic you didn’t know you needed this season. While it still might make a great soundtrack for the season and the ultimate stocking stuffer, The Man I Want To Be is actually a heartfelt ode to his wife of fifty-three years who is suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s. That said, what Engelbert release ISN’T heartfelt?
Fifty-three years of marriage and fifty years as a recording artist collectively celebrated within The Man… sees the iconic singer with that golden voice sounding as smooth, sexy, and poignant as ever as he tackles songs written by Jon Allen and Richard Marx, covers contemporary hits from Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, and puts a new spin on standards from Willie Nelson and Eddy Arnold.
“Absolute Beginner” warms the heart immediately as this quiet acoustic number builds to an instant Humperdinck classic. The title track just sounds like home. Inviting and comforting as Humperdinck croons “You are the light/You are the sun/ You are the one right thing when my whole world is wrong” during the chorus with these sweeping strings that just tug on your heart and press on those tear ducts ever so slightly.
Then Humperdinck gets all modern as Bruno Mars “Just The Way You Are” gets the Engelbert treatment building to a huge break before quietly drifting away led by that unmistakable voice.
“How Can You Live With Yourself” has an outstanding climax propelled by strings and grand choruses almost in the vein of some of the more broad Oasis and The Beatles tunes while “Just Like The First Time” carries that conclusion into a song that is akin to a gorgeous film score from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
The Ed Sheeran hit “Photograph” is almost acapella with very subtle acoustics underneath until the soaring solos on “Prodigal Son” coupled with Humperdinck’s bombastic pipes recaptures those big sounds. “I’m Glad I Danced With You”, on the other hand, is a touching track penned by daughter Louise Dorsey and features a duet with Humperdinck’s granddaughter Olivia.
Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” has been turned on its head and turned into a Big Band anthem just as “On Broadway” has been given a twist mixing Samba sounds with Big Band elements yet again to give a fresh face to this indisputable mammer jammer of a song.
The Man I Want To Be will be released on November 24th through Ok! Good Records.
Engelbert Humperdinck duets with nine-year-old granddaughter
'I'm so thrilled' - Engelbert Humperdinck duets with nine-year-old granddaughter
13:40 - 16 NOV 2017
This morning we were joined by international music legend, Engelbert Humperdinck ahead of his London show this Sunday.
Humperdinck is no stranger to the music business, celebrating 50 years since the release of his legendary smash hit, Release Me, which debuted back in 1967.
The star’s new album The Man I Want To Be is an open love letter to his wife, Patricia. He explained: “This album is the form of a love letter to my wife, a dedication. The title is all the experience I’ve had over the years. It’s really to the partner of your life, whoever that is.”
On the album featuring a duet with his granddaughter, he exclaimed: “No one has had a duet with a nine year old before, and I’m so thrilled. She’s such a great singer.”
Humperdinck is famous for spotting talent. He met pop star Bruno Mars when he was just five and predicted: "One day you'll be a star". The music legend has even covered the Bruno Mars hit Just The Way You Are on his new record as well as Ed Sheeran's Photograph.
The new album The Man I Want To Be is released next Friday.
Engelbert Humperdinck To Share Song Commentary at Upcoming Listening Party!
Join us once more on the OK!Good Records YouTube Channel for a special listening party in honor of Engelbert Humperdinck’s upcoming new album, The Man I Want to Be!
This time, Engelbert Humperdinck fans will hear the record with album commentaryfrom Engelbert Humperdinck himself! Follow along as Engelbert discusses all the tracks from the album- sharing stories behind each song, going over the writing process and what work went into the production of the record.
This special livestream of The Man I Want To Be begins a week from today, Wednesday, November 22nd
at 4:00 PM EST/8:00 PM GMT!
Fans who would like to listen must can here to access the livestream. Be sure to sign-inwith your YouTube account to ‘turn on reminders’ for the livestream, or simply bookmark the page!
We will also be giving away a FREE CD autographed by none other than Engelbert Humperdinck to one lucky winner who tunes in to the live stream. Details on how to enter to win an autographed CD to be revealed tomorrow!
How You Can Pre-Order Engelbert Humperdinck’s The Man I Want To Be
Engelbert Humperdinck’s new album The Man I Want To Be is scheduled to be released on Friday, November 24th. If you would like your album to arrive on the release date, pre-order a CD right here!
For a Limited Edition Singed CD of The Man I Want To Be click here
Doubling as a love letter to his wife Patricia of 53 years who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, The Man I Want To Be presents the singer in a much more contemporary style and introspective mood, covering topics such as self realization (“The Man I Want To Be”, “I Followed My Heart”, “Absolute Beginner”), remorse (“How Can You Live”, “Prodigal Son”), and melancholic nostalgia (“Photograph”, “I’m Glad I Danced With You”). A collection of love songs crafted by stellar array of songwriters like Willie Nelson (“Crazy”), Jon Allen (“The Man I Want To Be”), Richard Scott (“Just Like The First Time”), Steve Mac (“Absolute Beginner”), Richard Marx and Fee Waybill (“How Can You Live”), it also includes two unexpected covers – Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” and Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are”, definite highlights of the album.
1. “Absolute Beginner” (Written by Steve Mac, Tia Sillers)
2. “The Man I Want to Be” (Written by Jon Allen, Jake Field)
3. “Just the Way You Are” (Written by Bruno Mars, Phillip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Khalil Walton, Khari Cain)
4. “How Can You Live” (Written by Richard Marx, Fee Waybill)
5. “Just Like the First Time” (Written by Richard Scott, Kelvin Andrews, Scott Ralph)
6. “Photograph” (Edward Sheeran, John McDaid, Martin Harrington, Thomas Leonard)
7. “I’m Glad I Danced With You (with Olivia)” (Louise Dorsey, Tony Toliver, Jim Martin)
8. “Prodigal Son” (Written by Tony Toliver, Jim Martin)
9. “I Followed My Heart” (Written by Jon Allen)
10. “Songs of Love” (Written by Joerg Evers, Louise Dorsey, Engelbert Humperdinck)
11. “Crazy” (Written by Willie Nelson)
12. “On Broadway” (Written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil)
13. “Welcome to My World” (Written by Ray Winkler, Johnny Hathcock)
14. “Our England” (Music by Les Reed OBE, Lyrics by Geoff Stephens)
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Engelbert Humperdinck on 50th anniversary tour, wife's Alzheimer's, refusing plastic surgery
Crooner Engelbert Humperdinck celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first hit record in 2017. In the past five decades, he’s traveled the world, performing love songs for millions of people. But, he admits, sometimes on stage his emotions get the better of him.
“There are many songs in my life that have had an emotional impact on my heart,” says the 81-year-old vocalist, calling from his home in Los Angeles. “Sometimes they hit me when I’m singing on stage. You know, no one really knows a person’s personal problems. If something is going on in your life, you have to overcome that on stage. But sometimes you can’t. Sometimes a lyric hits home and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
He's not exaggerating. In recent years, audiences noticed he occasionally would choke up on stage. At first, he said nothing about it. Then he announced this year that Patricia, his wife of 53 years, has been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past decade.
“It does strike home for me several times during my show,” he says. “People didn’t know before, but I guess they do now. Now they may get an inkling of what is going on with my heart.”
Humperdinck and his wife used to split their time between Los Angeles and a home in Leicester, England, where he grew up. These days, however, the couple sticks to California, and he gets back to England about two or three times a year.
“She’s doing OK,” he says. “She still knows me, thank God. She recognizes me and she smiles and she says hello sometimes. Her speech is not very good at this moment, but with treatment and hopefully the discovery of a cure in the near future, I hope and pray that all is well.”
Humperdinck usually keeps his private life out of the spotlight, but chose to go public for one reason.
"It's a terrible disease," he says. "It's very rife at this point, and we have to do something about it. I thought it was important to let people know."
The news adds a bittersweet tinge to a celebratory time in the British singer’s life. He’s on a world tour to mark the 50 years since his success with "Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)." Issued in early 1967, the ballad became an international smash hit. In England, it kept the Beatles' “Penny Lane” out of the No. 1 spot; in the States, it went to No. 4.
It was pretty impressive, particularly for an old-fashioned country tune in the hazy days of the late '60s.
“I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by,” says Humperdinck, who was born with the much less cumbersome moniker of Arnold Dorsey. “Without that song, I wouldn’t be talking to you now. It’s the one that put me on the map. It stopped the almighty Beatles from getting to No. 1. For this unknown to do that? That was something.”
It wasn’t merely a hit record. It launched an amazingly durable international career for Humperdinck. He became a Las Vegas institution. Back when adult contemporary radio was still called easy listening, he scored hits through the ‘70s with songs like “After the Lovin’,” “Another Time, Another Place,” "A Man Without Love" and “The Last Waltz,” all marked by his distinctive vocal style.
That voice — deep, masculine and effortlessly warm — sounds remarkably unchanged.
“It’s as strong today as it was yesterday,” Humperdinck confirms. “I don’t do any scales or anything like trained singers or opera singers do. I don’t even know how to do scales! What I do know is how to sing in a contemporary fashion.”
He also knows how to entertain. Humperdinck is the type of performer who doesn’t have to rely on hit records or trends or TV appearances to keep audiences turning out. Even today, he does about 80 concerts a year all around the globe. He's an old-school entertainer: He picks terrific songs and presents them with great flair. Additionally, he boasts a playful sense of humor, which means the sentiment at his shows never runs too thick.
“I had an apprenticeship of working in some council clubs in England, and that put me in good stead for my future in show business," he says. "It was very good training. You’d see other acts and how they’d handle an audience. You tend to steal a little bit from some people, and then eventually it becomes your own.”
Another part of the Humperdinck mystique? Good, old-fashioned sex appeal. With his thick dark hair, long sideburns and pouty lips, he was known for making heartsflutter. Even that hasn't changed too much.
"I'm very lucky in a lot of respects," Humperdinck says. "I haven't used the Beverly Hills knives to shape my face. I haven't changed my appearance. I've stayed as normal as I can. My skin is good to this day, thanks to good genes left to me by my wonderful parents."
Not even a little tuck here or there?
"No, no, no," he says. "I never want to do that. As you grow older, you get a little looseness in your neck. I'm not bothered by that. That's part of aging, part of life. And I'm very lucky with hair, it's all my own."
Retirement not in the plans
With everything in good working order, he's trying to enjoy the anniversary. Decca has released a terrific 11-disc set, “The Complete Decca Studio Albums,” which captures all his long-players from 1967 to 1973. A two-disc set that features some new recordings, “50,” reached No. 5 on the British charts. And there’s a new album due in October, so it seems he won't be slowing down any time soon.
"As long as people want me out there and I'm able to stand out on that stage, the platform, I'm happy to be continuing with this wonderful career that has been given to me," he says. "It's a blessing."
Engelbert Humperdinck celebrates 50 years at Hard Rock Rocksino
July 20, 2017 Nordonia Hills News
By Felicia Naoum
Engelbert Humperdinck, perchance still slightly coy, especially about giving away too many details about his upcoming shows, still has a lot to share. Humperdinck opened up to Nordonia Hills News to talk openly about his shyness, inspiration, how his first hit single “Release Me” was the precursor of his career, and how he has sustained longevity – 50 years in the music business. This once extremely shy English pop singer, who would hide behind curtains and coffee tables when singing, has since graced many stages around the world.
For Humperdinck, it has been 64 gold albums and 23 platinum albums, a Golden Globe, and stars that shine on the Hollywood and Vegas Walk of Fame to name a few of his recognitions. With such success and stamina, not many would expect shyness to be a factor that constitutes Engelbert Humperdinck. He appreciates all music does, especially in its commonality of connecting people everywhere. Today, Humperdinck finds great ease in the spotlight. His fans find that same ease in his performance. Come see his show July 30 at the Hard Rock Rocksino as he takes the stage to celebrate his 50-year career in music.
FN: According to your website, you were known to be very shy growing up and never thought of singing as a career. How did you overcome such shyness to sustain a public career for so many decades?
EH: I was very shy, and I would sing for my parent’s parties from behind a curtain or under a coffee table, but it was the applause that drew me out. I would belt it out from the darkness and security of my safe place, but all the time I was longing to be as brave as I was loud.
The spotlight eventually became my comfort zone. I always wanted to make my parents proud but it was most definitely the roar of the crowd, the rush from the curtain rising and falling, and the songs that I was lucky enough to have in my career, that kept me faithful to the road I traveled. I’m still shy, but with a name like Engelbert Humperdinck, I had to learn how to get over it and get on with it!
FN: Your first single, “Release Me” made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records, among many other successes like 140 million records sold, gold records, a golden globe, etc., how do such successes resonate with you?
EH: The shiny records on the walls and the milestones are due to so many factors. What amazes me, more than the number of records sold and cherished moments in time over the past 50 years, are the life stories that connect with the songs and the voices that always sing along.
It truly touches my heart to travel to places all over this world and find out that music really is a beautiful common thread. It weaves its way in and out of our everyday, but makes the memories that much easier to remember. Melodies and stories are my kind of elixir.
FN: Being that your career began almost 50 years ago, do you find it challenging to sustain yourself as an artist?
EH: Fifty years in any business would be a challenge, but I love what I do, and the creative fuel drives me to always work at my craft and not rest on my laurels. I find it hard to turn off , so I try and channel my energy into writing. The success of “Release Me” set some high standards for me right out the gate. The opportunity that led to my appearance on Sunday Night at the London Palladium was an absolute blessing, and I knew it. I was scared to death but eager to get my career going. That song started my life and the hard knocks years that lead up to it, helped me to sustain it, with the help of the fans who have supported me every step of the way.
FN:Who has inspired you musically throughout your career past, and present?
EH: I was inspired as a young man by the big band sounds. As a Dorsey, no relation, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, and that whole scene were instrumental , so to speak, to my first dalliance in showbiz. I loved the saxophone, and I did a paper route to earn money for my lessons.
Later, I listened to Nat King Cole and realized that the warm tones of an amazing vocalist were like putting butter on my bread. I was hooked on the rich quality, and I’ve been a fan for life.
His song “When I Fall in Love” was the first record I bought for my wife.
Today, I still set my car station to the 40s, but I love to hear great vocalist like Adele, who have the pipes, but also a style that is immediately recognizable. I also really appreciate the art of songwriting. Ed Sheeran is an amazing talent today, and the huge variety of singer-songwriter talent from the 60s and 70s are what fill my jukebox.
FN: It has been said that fans coined your stage name “Gerry Dorsey” after an impression you do of Jerry Lewis. Will the audience get to experience any impressions or special treats at your show?
EH: I did impressions for many years. There was a wealth of characters in show business when I first started, and it was considered a compliment for someone to impersonate you. I did it in a way that told a story of the wonderful, bigger than life legends I had met over the years.
I’ve racked up some really great tales to tell, and I was pretty good at it as I had listened to them all so much on the radio when I was in the army.
Once in awhile, I come out with the voice of a familiar friend but honestly, the impressions took too much time away from the songs, and I had a long set list….still do.
The show has some special throw-back moments as well as some surprises but that is all I shall say. Come and celebrate 50 years with me and see if you can still see that shy boy who sang behind the curtain when it goes up in your hometown.
Engelbert on SiriusXM
Channel: 70s on 7
Title: Engelbert Humperdinck plays favorites of the ‘70s
Description: Not his real name (Arnold George Dorsey) Engelbert Humperdinck is world renown. He has sold over 150 MILLION albums in his career. After the song ‘Release Me’ catapulted his career in ’67, there was no stopping. Now enjoying his golden years, he is still performing live around the world; with US dates planned for July. Engelbert has just released an 11 disc box set ‘The Complete Decca Studio Albums” and will play a wide selection of songs and artists that inspired him through the ‘70s including some of his most well-known.
On-Air Time: 6/29 Noon ET
Duration: 1 hour
Rebroadcast: 6/29 3pm; 6/30 1am & 10pm; 7/1 8am; 7/2 4am & 5pm ET and On Demand
Engelbert Humperdinck on Loose Women
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK has revealed that his wife Patricia Healey has been secretly battling Alzheimer's disease for a decade.
PUBLISHED: 13:27, Thu, Jun 22, 2017 | UPDATED: 13:33, Thu, Jun 22, 2017. Express.co.uk
The music legend spoke candidly about the “hard” diagnosis for the first time during an appearance on Loose Women today.
The crooner told the ITV panelists he hoped to raise awareness of the condition and funding after seeing his spouse of more than 50 years live with it.
Speaking to Christine Lampard, Jane Moore, Stacey Solomon and Gloria Hunniford, Engelbert commented: “It’s been going on 10 years now.
“It’s been very hard for us to discuss it publicly, but many of the fans knew because she used to come to my shows.”
Engelbert continued: “They could tell something was radically wrong. I was never ashamed of the fact - I would make sure she could see me and hopefully recognise me. She does recognise me.”
The star, who wed the mother of his four children back in 1964, said that some of his songs really hit home when he is performing in light of the situation.
Engelbert went on: “I deal with such tender lyrics on stage. When such tender nerves are touched and you’re singing something so sentimental, your eyes well up and you do breakdown.
“The audience will sometimes not understand why. So maybe this, after 50 years, hopefully I can be a voice and be part of raising awareness and money for research. People in show business do that and I want to be one of them.”
During the latest instalment, Gloria, 77, was congratulated by her co-stars after it was revealed she was being awarded an OBE after founding the Caron Keating Foundation in honour of her late daughter.
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
Engelbert on Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 - June 17th
Don't miss Saturday Live tomorrow (17th June) on BBC Radio 4 at 9am where Engelbert shares his Inheritance Tracks, with a rather fitting tribute to his dad for Father's Day.
Listen online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tbffw