Engelbert Pays Tribute to Alvin Stardust Who Died at Age 72 After Battling Cancer
Engelbert Humperdinck has paid tribute to the late glam rock star Alvin Stardust following the 72-year-old death's this week.
Enge, 78, said Stardust was a "gentleman" and that he would be "sadly missed" after his death was announced yesterday.
It is understood that the singer, who had hits including My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Minds and Feel Like Buddy Holly, died at home surrounded by his family.
He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
Born Bernard William Jewry, in Muswell Hill, London the English pop singer and actor was best known for the singles he released throughout the Seventies and Eighties.
By PA_Warzynski | Posted: October 24, 2014 Leicester Mercury
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Engelbert Humperdinck on the Mauricio Radio Show
Watch and enjoy Engelbert Humperdinck's face to face interview with America's Got Talent Finalist Mauricio Herrara
Engelbert Interview with Fred LeFebrvre 1370WSPD
Engelbert Humperdinck Interview with the Jim Bohannon Show
The Jim Bohannon Show talks with Engelbert Humperdinck about his new duets album 'Engelbert Calling' on October 7th.
The Mauricio Radio Show - Engelbert Calling
Engelbert Huperdinck Interview with Jon Grayson on Overnight America
Overnight America's Jon Grayson talks with Engelbert Humperdinck about his new duets album 'Engelbert Calling' on September 30, 2014.
RESCHEDULED BARNES AND NOBLE
BARNES AND NOBLE RESCHEDULED IN STORE DATE:
OCTOBER 29TH, 2014 - 7PM
"Sadly due to a family medical emergency, Engelbert had to postpone all the promotional events for his new album this week in New York. He very much regrets any inconveniences this may cause and will confirm new dates soon. Engelbert will now be staying in Los Angeles to be close to his family and he appreciates your understanding."
NOTE: ALL TOUR DATES ARE GOING AHEAD AS PLANNED
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Engelbert Humperdinck Returns to Rhode Island Sunday
Engelbert Humperdinck returns to Rhode Island Sunday
Published: October 07, 2014 01:00 AM
BY SUSAN MCDONALD
Special to The Providence Journal
A few years ago, sitting in the audience at a live Elton John concert, venerable ladies’ man and pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck heard his name mentioned from the stage.
“Elton John is up there, giving a live performance, and he’s telling a story about a little-known song of his that he’s about to sing. He said he remembers being a poor songwriter, sitting in his flat in London with his partner, waiting for Engelbert to call and make it a hit!” Humperdinck laughs aloud at the memory. “So, years later, I called him.”
The resulting conversation was the impetus for Humperdinck’s most recent album, a rich compilation of duets released in the United States on Sept. 30 entitled “Engelbert Calling.” The 78-year-old British-born singer with four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for “Entertainer of the Year” in 1988, 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame says he was starstruck.
“How cool was that? Elton John talking about me in the middle of his live show!” he says in a phone interview from California.
The aptly named “Engelbert Calling” — look for a redux entitled “Engelbert Redialing” — gathers a wide range of musicians from across the globe to sing with the man whose debut album, “Release Me,” halted the Beatles quest for a 13th number one album in 1967. He calls it his “wish list” of singers.
The lineup includes “Never Never Never” with Olivia Newton-John, “Spinning Wheel” with Gene Simmons,” “Spanish Eyes” with Il Divo, “Since I Lost My Baby” with Cliff Richard, “She Believes in Me” with Kenny Rogers,” “Make You Feel My Love” with Willie Nelson, “A Certain Smile” with Johnny Mathis, and “It Matters to Me” with Dionne Warwick. In addition, because this is a “world appeal album,” Humperdinck mixed it up with Luis Fonsi, who he said is “like the Elvis Presley of South America right now” for “Quién Te Dijo Eso” and with Armando Manzanero, who won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this year, on “It’s Impossible/Somos Novios.”
“This has been a labor of love. It was two years in the making because it was difficult to get the caliber of people we wanted to be on this record. Thank God for technology,” Humperdinck says, noting that he was able to record together with only some of the musicians. Others separately recorded their tracks, which were then mixed in the studio.
One fun day in the studio, he says, was with Gene Simmons, front man for the rock group Kiss.
“Being in the studio with Gene Simmons was unbelievable! He’s a rock god and such a charismatic person. It’s something I’d never experienced before,” Humperdinck says, again a little starstruck.
Working well into his seventh decade was not even a question for Humperdinck, who earned legions of fans, mostly females, across the globe in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s with such hits as “(Please) Release Me,” “After the Lovin’,” “The Last Waltz,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “Quando, Quando, Quando.”
He has spent a lifetime reinventing himself, which he credits for his perennial popularity. Born Arnold George Dorsey, the singer had a manager who suggested a new name that was “just outrageous enough to be memorable.” Forty-seven years later, he is still “constantly updating” his image, his music and himself.
“It’s like cell phones — they’re always coming out with a new one! I don’t rest on my laurels. I want it to be fresh,” Humperdinck says. “I’m getting a younger demographic now, but I’ve always had appeal across the board. … That’s what keeps me relevant, a place where every artist should be.”
Engelbert Humperdinck will appear in concert on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the Park Theatre, 848 Park Ave., Cranston. Tickets range from $55 to $75. Go to parktheatreri.com for ticket reservations.
UK: Engelbert Humperdinck Duets with KISS Rocker Gene Simmons
After Engelbert Humperdinck came in second to last place in Baku in 2012, we wondered what he would do next. Then last year ago he revealed that he was working on an album of duets, including one with Gene Simmons of notorious rock legends Kiss.
We weren’t sure what to think, but finally the Humperdinck-Simmons collaboration has been released and it is about as glorious as you could expect. The pair have covered “Spinning Wheel”, the funky track from 1969, originally recorded by Blood, Sweat and Tears.
The smooth vocals of the Hump contrast with the growly rock voice of the Demon, and they manage some tight harmonies. But most importantly – the song is full of attitude. If the Hump had brought this sort of performance to Baku, it’s likely he would have left with more than a measly 12 points. (And here’s a thought – maybe Gene Simmons could represent his birth country, Israel, in 2015.)
The Hump’s album of duets is called Engelbert Calling and includes collaborations with such music legends as Elton John, Kenny Rogers and Dionne Warwick, as well as fellow UK Eurovision representatives Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John and Lulu. If those duets are as mighty as “Spinning Wheel”, it’s sure to be a great album.