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Engelbert Humperdinck on beating the Beatles, touring with Hendrix and his name

December 05, 2018

The singer answered questions on his hometown, Leicester, working with Cat Stevens and the Walker Brothers, riding Harley-Davidsons, and his wife’s Alzheimer’s

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/live/2018/dec/03/engelbert-humperdinck-webchat-interview


 

 

Engelbert on BBC's Darryl Morris

December 04, 2018

BBC's Carla Greene Interviews Engelbert Humperdinck

December 04, 2018

Engelbert Humperdinck webchat

December 04, 2018

Over the course of a career spanning more than 50 years, Arnold George Dorsey AKA Engelbert Humperdinck, 82, has become known for more than just his arresting stage name. Beginning his career on the nightclub circuit of late 1950s London, he was spotted by Tom Jones’s manager Gordon Mills, who encouraged the name change – a homage to the 19th-century German operatic composer of Hansel and Gretel. Mills then had Humperdinck work with Frank Sinatra songwriter Bert Kaempfert and together they produced his first number one, Release Me, in 1967.

 

Since then, Humperdinck has become an icon of the crooning ballad, selling more than 150m records and building a discography with more than 70 albums. He fronted his own TV show in 1969, featuring guests such as Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey and Ray Charles, as well as collaborating with Paul Anka and the Bee Gees. Recent years have seen Humperdinck represent the UK at the 2012 Eurovision song contest, the second oldest performer to take part in the competition, and almost collaborate with Gorillaz on their album Plastic Beach – his manager erroneously rejected Damon Albarn’s offer in a move Humperdinck has called “the most grievous sin ever committed”.

 

Following the release of his sixth Christmas album, Warmest Christmas Wishes, Humperdinck is joining us to answer your questions about his life and music, in a live webchat from 1pm GMT on Wednesday 5 December – post them in the link below and he’ll take on as many as possible.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/live/2018/dec/03/engelbert-humperdinck-webchat-interview


 

 

Op-Ed:Engelbert Humperdinck Releases Best Holiday CD By Male Artist

December 03, 2018


It has a great blend of holiday classics (such as "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "White Christmas" and "Silent Night") with a few new original recordings. The songs are nostalgic and heart-warming, and he stands out as one of the best balladeers of our time.


Humperdinck proves that he only gets better with age and experience. His vocals on Warmest Christmas Wishes are as compelling and resonant as ever. Aside from singing in English, he also sings the tune "Leise rieselt der Schnee" in German, and he does it flawlessly.


His holiday album, Warmest Christmas Wishes, is available on iTunes and on Amazon. It is a true gift for all during this holiday season.


To learn more about veteran singing sensation Engelbert Humperdinck and his new music, check out his official website, and his Facebook page.

 

http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/music/op-ed-engelbert-humperdinck-releases-best-holiday-cd-by-a-male-artist/article/538207


 

 

Quickfire: Singer Engelbert Humperdinck on meeting princesses and a honeymoon in Paris

December 02, 2018

By JOHN KOSKI

PUBLISHED: 19:01 EST, 1 December 2018 , Daily Mail

The balladeer discusses poetry, pink excess and the one thing he won’t eat at Christmas

Guilty pleasure? A pint of bitter and a bag of crisps when I return to the UK.

Where is home? Mostly Bel Air, Los Angeles. But I still have a property with its own pub and magnificent gardens in a village outside Leicester.

Career plan B? Music was my destiny and I’m grateful that I didn’t have to reinvent myself.

Biggest bugbear? Rude drivers.

Secret to a happy relationship? Tenderness goes a long way.

Most romantic thing you’ve ever done? Take my wife Patricia to Paris for our honeymoon in 1964 when we had very little money.

Your perfect Christmas dinner? Roast pork, chicken, all the trimmings – but never turkey. I had a pet turkey called Fidget as a boy and have never eaten it.

Dream dinner-party guest? Winston Churchill – I would love to find out the stories behind his great quotes.

Advice to teenage self? Education is so important to be able to navigate your way through life. I left school at 15 and I wish I’d known then what I know now.

Cat or dog? We’ve had 22 dogs over the years and currently have a black and white cross called Shirley.

Starstruck moment? Meeting Cary Grant.

Big break? Taking the place of Dickie Valentine on the Sunday Night at the London Palladium TV show in 1967 when he fell ill. It led to me recording ‘Release Me’.

Career highlight? Meeting Princess Grace of Monaco when I went there to do a charity gala for the Red Cross.

Secret skill? I love writing poetry.

One thing that would make your life better? Peace of mind – I’m a worrier.

Philosophy? Simplicity is the essence of success.

Last film that made you cry? The Notebook. My wife has Alzheimer’s, so the film is very close to home.

First record you bought? ‘When I Fall in Love’ by Nat King Cole, which I bought for Patricia, my then girlfriend.

Celebrity crush? As a teenager I loved the actress Jane Russell.

Best Christmas present you ever received? An old red telephone box from my wife.

Most extravagant purchase? The Pink Palace, Jayne Mansfield’s former mansion, which I owned for 27 years.

Biggest fear? Sharks.

Happiness is… A good pair of sideburns that serve you well throughout your life.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-6430621/Quickfire-Singer-Engelbert-Humperdinck-meeting-princesses-honeymoon-Paris.html


 

 

Engelbert Humperdinck Celebrates 50 Years in Music and New Christmas Album

November 29, 2018

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 –PARADE - DR. NANCY BERK

With record sales of over 150 million and more than 50 years in the business, Engelbert Humperdinck knows a thing or two about career longevity. And he continues to love his job. Still touring at age 83, the singer who found fame as a top recording artist and chiseled-featured heartthrob, wouldn’t have it any other way.


“It’s one of my favorite, favorite things, walking on stage. I love it and I’ll keep doing it, until, you know, until I can’t sing anymore, but I think that’s so far away,” says Humperdinck.


Adorned with gold and platinum albums, the walls of his home reflect the musical success he has enjoyed since the ’60s with hits like “Release Me” and “After The Lovin.’” The artist says that it is the length of his career that has most surprised him. Few in the music industry expect their star to shine for decades. Humperdinck credits his fans with making his success story so sweet.


“I think it’s all due to my following. I have a very staunch following and I’ve had fan clubs all over the world. And these people I term as my ‘cheerleaders’— my ‘spark plugs.’ And they’ve carried me along for all this time and they’re still there for me right now. And you know, as I go out on the road and I walk on stage, I can feel their presence…and it’s just wonderful.”


It’s not unusual for Humperdinck to perform for an audience that spans three and four generations. “I think that’s what’s given me the longevity in this industry and I’m truly pleased about it. If you have one age group they kind of go away from you, but when you have all ages, it stabilizes your career,” Humperdinck says.

Did he ever find it exhausting being labeled a “heartthrob”? Humperdinck modestly slides past the question.


“It’s not exhausting. No. You kind of get used to it, you know…You get used to the routine, you get used to the traveling, you get used to everything.”


This holiday season, Humperdinck has gifted fans with a little more music, releasing a new album Warmest Christmas Wishes. Celebrating a season that he has loved since childhood, Humperdinck, one of 10 children, sings many of his favorites including “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “Silent Night,” along with some new and reinvented tracks.


His first holiday album in nearly 40 years, Humperdinck believes this album’s appeal comes from the mix of classics and unique tracks with strong family ties. “I found it great recording it, and I hope people like listening to it.”


What will the artist be doing for the holidays? He’ll wrap up touring for a bit and enjoy the month of December with family in Los Angeles. “And from one of my tracks on my album— I’ll be home for Christmas,” says Humperdinck.


Listen to Warmest Christmas Wishes on Amazon.

https://parade.com/720335/nancyberk/engelbert-humperdinck-celebrates-50-years-in-music-and-new-christmas-album/


 

GoFundMe for Johnny Harris

November 28, 2018

On this #givingtuesday

I’d like to bring my dear friend, Johnny Harris, in to your hearts.

Our relationship spans all the decades of my professional life and his talents have given incredible magic quality to many wonderfully crafted songs songs that have been privileged to record.  

We always talked about Johnny’s arrangements having everything including the kitchen sink in them.

The bed of strings I request to sing to in an arrangement, was a habit I acquired after working with Johnny.  

To my musician friends and fans of this amazing arranger, music director and composer, could you show him some love and share the post. My band can attest to his gentleman ways and legendary talent as they all worked together while prepping for the 50th Anniversary Tour. It’s always so good to circle back and work with those who helped make it happen!

My sincere thanks for your support and prayers.


https://www.gofundme.com/johnny-harris-quotthe-maestroquot-…


 

Engelbert Humperdinck Live in Hawaii

November 23, 2018

Don’t miss your chance to watch Engelbert Humperdinck Live in Hawaii on PBS starting November 24th. A list of broadcasts by city can be found here. Please check your local listings for exact dates and times. Aloha!

 

On the Scene with Engelbert Humperdinck

November 23, 2018

On the Scene with Engelbert Humperdinck

By John Berger, November 18, 2018 Honolulu Star Advertiser

Americans discovered Engelbert Humperdinck in 1967 when Parrot Records released “Release Me,” a bittersweet request from the singer to someone he no longer loves to “please release me, let me go.” The song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts and was the start of a career that is continuing more than 50 years later.


The possibility that Hurricane Lane might devastate Honolulu didn’t keep Humperdinck, 82, from appearing as promised for two shows at the Hawaii Theatre in August. The shows were filmed for a PBS holiday special, “Engelbert Humperdinck in Hawaii,” which premieres at 7 p.m. Saturday on PBS Hawaii.


Going back to the beginning, did you expect “Release Me” was going to be a hit?

You expect things to happen, but (“Release Me”) sat down for three months on a shelf and it didn’t move. Then all of a sudden my manager got a phone call to say, “Is he available to do (TV show) ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium?’ ” I sang “Release Me,” and the next day — bingo! Can you believe what that song did for me? It gave me a global career.


How did you meet Elvis Presley?

He came to see my show at the Riviera (in Las Vegas) and he came in done up to the nines — he was wearing his cape and everything. Of course I found out he was in (the room) and I was very nervous. I introduced him, he stood up on the table and opened his cape, and the audience went berserk for 10 minutes. I’m not joking. He stopped the show for 10 minutes! But afterward we became great friends. He taught me stagecraft, humility and not to take yourself too seriously.


What can you tell me about the show we’re going to see on PBS Hawaii?

I’ll be singing the standards that people expect me to sing and songs from my new pop album, “The Man I Want to Be.” There’s a song (on the album) written by Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are.” I’ve given it a different treatment altogether than he does — nobody can sing it like he does — but I’ve given it a different format, it’s more romantic and a little bit slower.


It is true that Bruno performed for you when he was the world’s youngest Elvis?

Yes it is. Many years ago my fan club had a party here for me and the entertainment was a little 5-year-old boy — Bruno. I said to him then, “Young man, you are going to be a big star” — well, he’s not a big star, he’s a megastar.


You mentioned learning some stagecraft from Elvis. Are there other entertainers who influenced you?

I learned a lot from watching Ray Charles, and Dean Martin. Dean was one of my favorite entertainers. He was another guy who never took himself too seriously.


What else are you doing these days?

I’m making albums — I’m very proud of my new Christmas album, “Warmest Christmas Wishes.” It’s a good album. And I try to stay with my wife as much as possible. She’s not well but she’s making some progress.


Have you ever met any descendants of the other Engelbert Humperdinck — the 19th–century German composer?

No, but I was asked the other day if I wrote (the 19th-century Humperdinck opera) “Hansel und Gretel.” I said, “Are you crazy? You’re talking about something that was written in 1893.”

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/11/18/features/on-the-scene/on-the-scene-with-engelbert-humperdinck/?HSA=71b5075d0a6aa84bba7de9bb5f49f61b8197efa7


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Discography

Warmest Christmas WishesWarmest Christmas Wishes
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