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Review: Engelbert Humperdinck releases nostalgic new Christmas album

October 22, 2018

Veteran English pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck released his new holiday album, "Warmest Christmas Wishes," on October 12.

 

By Markos Papadatos, Digital Journal, October 22, 2018

It opens with the mellow ballad "Please Come Home for Christmas," and it immediately breaks into "Driving Home for Christmas" and "Christmas Song (I'm Not Dreaming of a White Christmas)."

 

Humperdinck tackles such Christmas classics as "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "White Christmas" and "Silent Night," and he does them all justice. He picks up the pace with "Around the Christmas Tree," and equally soothing is "A Christmas for the Family." It closes with "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" and "Leise rieselt der Schnee," which he sings beautifully in German.

 

Warmest Christmas Wishes is available on iTunes and on Amazon.

 

The Verdict

Overall, Engelbert Humperdinck has done a tremendous job vocally on this new holiday collection, Warmest Christmas Wishes. Each song on here is well-crafted, and the arrangements are neat and distinct. It is nostalgic, timeless and there is something in it for everybody. This new holiday project by Engelbert Humperdinck earns an A rating.

Read More: Engelbert Humperdinck chatted with Digital Journal about his illustrious music career and future plans.

 

http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/music/review-engelbert-humperdinck-releases-nostalgic-new-christmas-album/article/535201

 


 

 

Singer Engelbert Humperdinck on Leicester City F.C. & whether he's had to use karate

October 20, 2018

Darren Paltrowitz, October 19, 2018, Sportskeeda

With 50 years in show business to his credit, singer Engelbert Humperdinck has released more than two dozen charting albums. Still playing to packed houses around the world, Humperdinck has not slowed down at all in recent years. 2017 saw the release of The Man I Want To Be, whereas 2018 has brought Warmest Christmas Wishes and a PBS concert special recorded in Hawaii.

As featured on Warmest Christmas Wishes, “Please Come Home For Christmas” was premiered by Billboard in late August. Said Humperdinck of Warmest Christmas Wishes: “It's been such a long time since I recorded a Christmas album, and fans have been asking me, 'When are you going to do another one?' Finally, we decided to do it. I love [Christmas]. From me growing up with a large family and everybody singing around the Christmas tree, it was a wonderful, wonderful upbringing. So [Christmas] is very special with me to share."

While Engelbert Humperdinck was in New York City doing press, I had the pleasure of interviewing the musical legend in-person within the office of Paste Magazine. Sports-related highlights from that chat are below; the rest of the interview, including anecdotes about Elvis Presley, comedian Jerry Lewis and recording for the Beavis & Butthead soundtrack, be played on an upcoming episode of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz.

In the meantime, all things Engelbert-related can be found online at www.engelbert.com.

I believe you had two albums slated to come out within a couple of months within one another…

Engelbert Humperdinck: One of them is already out. The Man I Want To Be is out and it has a lot of great new songs. My Christmas album comes out tomorrow.

How long had you been planning to have two releases so close together?

Engelbert Humperdinck: I'll be honest with you… My album came out and then we started production on the Christmas album I haven't done a Christmas song for 40 years and my fans following kept saying, “When are you going to do another Christmas album?” So finally we got together with a record company and we solved the problem by putting the album out and getting it finished. All ready to go!

One of my favorite parts of your career is that a lot of artists will say that they have a multigenerational audience, but you literally do with the fact that Damon Albarn is a fan, and there’s the Beavis & Butthead Do America soundtrack and all that. When did you first start to notice that you had multiple generations following you?

Engelbert Humperdinck: I see them in the audience… I see all age groups out there, you know? Especially when when you've been in the business half a century and then you see young faces in the audience people who enjoy it. It's so wonderful to see it, and I think the reason why I have longevity in this business is because of the multi-generation… I think three, four generations, whatever it is… It's given me a very stable career… I've been very fortunate.

Your name as a performer was taken from an old-time composer, yet your name itself was used as a tribute to a professional wrestling character, Sir Oliver Humperdink, who managed Bam Bam Bigelow and worked with Diamond Dallas Page. Was that something that ever came your way or people talked about?

Engelbert Humperdinck: Is that right?

Yeah…

Engelbert Humperdinck: But there's a lot of people have been named after me after I took the name. And it's amazing what people say, “My mother chose the name [Engelbert] because of you.” But I believe there’s also a ball player named Engelbert.

In football?

Engelbert Humperdinck: I believe so, yeah.

I know that you're a real estate guy, but away from all the work and all that, are you a sports fan?

Engelbert Humperdinck: I come from Great Britain and I'm a soccer fan and a couple of years ago my team in Leicester, where I live and lived, they won the Premier League. I was so happy because I idolized that team. I was able to hold the cup in my hand and meet the whole team and meet the owners. It was just wonderful. But I do play sports, I play golf and I play tennis. I’m a water-skiier. I’m a slalom skier.

Water-skiing, really…

Engelbert Humperdinck: Yes, I’ve studied martial arts with the number-one martial arts guy in the early years. His name is Mike Stone. He was an undefeated world champion. He lives in the Philippines. In fact, he put me on my diet and he told me what to do with and the exercises to do to keep [my weight] down.

Regarding your martial arts background, did you ever have to use that in a fight?

Engelbert Humperdinck: No, I… One time on-stage this guy, I just did a little bit. (laughs)

So moving back to today, how far in advance do you plan your career? I ask because you’ve got this PBS special coming soon, plus you had the holiday album and a regular studio album. Do you look ahead a year or two in advance?

Engelbert Humperdinck: It's always a year ahead. Hopefully this coming 2019 is going to be an excellent year for me, because who knows how long I've got left in show business. But I never try to think I'm going to retire. I don't want to retire, and as long as I have a good following and people still love me and my music, I am going to keep going .

Is there something that you wish more people knew about you beyond the music?

Engelbert Humperdinck: It started with social media, the way it is especially today, we are streaming across the world and people are getting to know me a lot more. With Facebook I put little things out on a daily basis, to keep everybody in touch with what's happening in my life.

So in closing, any last words for the kids?

Engelbert Humperdinck: Who are up and coming?

Sure.

Engelbert Humperdinck: Stick to it, it’s a great life.

 

https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/singer-engelbert-humperdinck-on-leicester-city-fc-whether-he-s-had-to-use-karate

 

 

 

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK DID NOT DISAPPOINT THIS PAST SUNDAY IN LYNN

October 15, 2018

BY BILL BROTHERTON| October 15, 2018 ItemLive.Com

LYNN — Decisions, decisions? What to watch? Sunday night offered so many choices.

We decided to put on our New England Patriots sweatshirts and cheer for the old guy. And let me tell you, Engelbert Humperdinck did not disappoint.

What, you thought I was talking about 41-year-old Tom Brady?

Sunday night at Lynn Auditorium, the legendary 82-year-old English ballad singer born Arnold George Dorsey wowed a crowd that featured lovey-dovey couples and large groups of women, including many mothers/daughters/granddaughters out for a night on the town. For 90 minutes, the fortunes of our professional football and baseball teams were set aside.

And fans cheered just as loudly for Engelbert as those vocal Red Sox fans at Fenway.

Looking dapper and fit in a blue suit and red shirt, Engelbert is a throwback to a form of musical entertainment that is sadly becoming more rare: the affable crooner, much like his early supporter Dean Martin, who sings classic songs, tells a few corny jokes while sipping from a glass of red wine, and focuses on giving audience members their money’s worth.

Engie, the greatest showman, was in fine voice, hitting nearly every note, and his professional eight-piece band (two female backup singers, piano, electric keyboard, synthesizer, guitar, bass, drums) gave the show a dazzling Las Vegas feel. He stood or danced for most of the show, stopping now and then to sip a little wine or to praise his musicians.

His song selection was strong. Of course, he sang the biggies that made him a superstar/object of lust with the women of the world, including “Release Me,” which started the ball rolling in 1967 and closed Sunday night’s main set. The crowd sang along, loudly.

Triple-platinum hit “After the Lovin'” was a fan favorite, as was “The Last Waltz,” which had the crowd swaying to the beat. “My World (Il Mondo)” and a cover of the Celine Dion hit “The Power of Love” received thunderous ovations. A Dean Martin impression during a lively “Quando, Quando, Quando” drew laughs.

A medley featuring snippets of hits (“This Moment in Time” / “The Way It Used to Be” / “Les Bicyclettes De Belsize” / “There Goes My Everything” / “Spanish Eyes” / “Love Is All”) was well-received, and a rock-and-roll version of the standard “I Can’t Stop Loving You” featured barrelhouse piano and set toes-a-tapping.

Tunes from his new album, “The Man I Want to Be,” hit the mark. His slowed-down version of Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” was an unlikely selection and was terrific. His 9-year-old granddaughter Olivia, shown in a pre-recorded video, was his duet partner for “I’m Glad I Danced With You,” written by Engelbert’s daughter Louise Dorsey. In an emotional aside, Engie said young Olivia was singing the part his wife of 54 years, Patricia, would normally have sung. His wife has been battling advanced Alzheimer’s disease for several years, and Engelbert said all proceeds from his upcoming single, “Under the Man in the Moon,” would be donated to Alzheimer’s research.

When the house lights went on at the end of the show, after he finished singing Kris Kristofferson’s “For the Good Times,” a large group of fans congregated at the foot of the stage, handing rose bouquets and love letters to Engie. He shook hands, tossed red handkerchiefs into the audience and hung around for quite a while. You’d think he was a New England sports star or something…

https://www.itemlive.com/2018/10/15/engelbert-humperdinck-did-not-disappoint-this-past-sunday-in-lynn/


 

Review: An evening with Engelbert Humperdinck at The Theatre at Westbury

October 15, 2018

By Markos Papadatos     Oct 13, 2018, Digital Journal

Westbury - On October 13, veteran English pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck headlined the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Long Island, for a great turnout of fans.

As Humperdinck took the stage, in the round, he was greeted with a warm standing ovation from the Long Island audience, and he kicked off his set with a soaring rendition of Patsy Cline's "Crazy," which was penned by Willie Nelson, as red lights dimmed from the stage.

He immediately broke into the mellow, piano-driven "Am I That Easy to Forget" and "My World (Il Mondo)." "Good evening. Welcome to my show," he said, effusively. "I'm so happy to be here," he added, and shared that he has been playing Westbury for nearly 47 years.

Humperdinck noted that his song "After the Lovin'" was certified triple-platinum, and he stated that back in the day, Dean Martin was a good friend that took him under his wing.

He picked up the pace with the mid-tempo "Quando, quando, quando," as his two female background singers joined him on stage in their elegant outfits, and Johann Frank nailed the electric guitar parts.

"Welcome to my world," he told the Westbury crowd and revealed that he has an album called The Man I Want to Be. "I thank you all for coming here," he added.

From that album, he treated the audience to his own distinct rendition of Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are," which was harking and expressive.

Equally impressive was "I'm Glad I Danced With You," his duet with his talented, young granddaughter Olivia Healey Taliaferro (who possesses a crystalline voice), which earned them a standing ovation. Olivia appeared on the giant televised screens.

He sang "Angel on my Shoulder," which was an ode to gratitude, that was well-received by all, and he covered Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love," prior to introducing his gifted bandmates.

"The Last Waltz" was a major hit for him worldwide, and tonight, he did the song justice, and it was followed by a medley of songs that included "This Moment in Time," "The Way It Used to Be," "Les Bicyclettes De Belsize," the country tune "There Goes My Everything," the sultry "Spanish Eyes," and the powerful "Love Is All," which resulted in yet another standing ovation for the English crooner.

"Can I have a drink?" he asked, and the answer was a resounding "yes" from the fans. "You have been absolutely fantastic," he said, extolling his audience.

He belted out a unique version of "The Power of Love," where the classic love ballad was sung from a male standpoint, with Johann Frank rocking the electric guitar. Humperdinck threw some Broadway in the mix with the song "On Broadway," as everybody was clapping along with him.

If that weren't enough, he even gave his fans a glimpse of his new holiday album, Warmest Christmas Wishes, which was just released on October 12, with the pre-Christmas tune "Driving Home for Christmas."

Humperdinck closed his lengthy set with his signature song "Release Me," and he returned for an encore, where he sang "For the Good Times," as he blew kisses to the crowd.

Warmest Christmas Wishes is available on iTunes.

The Verdict

Overall, Engelbert Humperdinck was sensational at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Long Island. He proved that he is a true song stylist and that his music is timeless. With an illustrious music career that has spanned over five decades, Humperdinck is still at the top of his game vocally, and he commanded the crowd's attention the entire time. All of his band members and backup singers were incredible as well. Humperdinck's live show at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury garnered an A rating.

Read More: Engelbert Humperdinck chatted with Digital Journal about his Christmas album and his 50-year career in the entertainment business.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/music/review-an-evening-with-engelbert-humperdinck-at-the-theatre-at-westbury/article/534566


 

 

The Man He Wants to Be: Engelbert Humperdinck Talks Music, Longevity and Family

October 12, 2018

  • Nicole S. Colson / ELF, Sentinel Source - October 12, 2018

Engelbert Humperdinck became a singing sensation at the same time as The Beatles.

Born Arnold George Dorsey, the 82-year-old can look back on a career spanning almost 50 years and yielding sales of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 23 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame He has performed for the Queen of England four times and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock and gospel.

He’s far from slowing down. He released an album of original material and covers this year and his first Christmas album in 40 years is next.

Not to mention his full touring schedule of shows around the world which started this year and continues into 2019. He’ll make a stop along his “The Man I Want to Be” tour at Keene’s Colonial Theatre for a performance Thursday, Oct. 18.

ELF magazine conducted a written interview with him as he kicked off the tour this week.

ELF: I read you never wanted to be a singer. What did you want to be?

EH: I wanted to be SOMEBODY.

And when I was in the forces in Germany, listening to the American radio station with the likes of Dean and Jerry or the Dorsey Brothers’ big band sounds or Nat King Cole, it just ignited a glow for show business. I played sax until I found my voice and added humor and other people’s hits until I was lucky enough to have my own.

ELF: What do you think of the title people have given you of “ageless sex symbol?”

I’d love to join the ranks of Timeless Romantics. We just lost Charles Aznavour. He was definitely a timeless romantic. It doesn’t have the same splash, but I think It’s a bit more, well, romantic.

ELF: Your latest album is titled “The Man I Want To Be.” When did you decide you wanted to make an album that would essentially be a love letter to your wife, Patricia?

EH: I wish that I had collaborated with someone years ago to pen a special song that everyone knew was for her. I think about the stadium days, and how it would have been to hear the audience all sing a song that resonated with not only Popea (my nickname for my wife) but with everyone else.

I’ve written poetry about her but it’s not quite the same as having everyone know your name by song or melody.

ELF: How did you go about choosing the songs for this album? I see songs by some contemporary artists like Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran are included alongside classic songs and original material.

EH: This album came about organically with songs that just fell into place. The only duet was sung by my granddaughter Olivia and written by my daughter, her partner and their best friend, who all love my wife dearly, so the writing process came easily.

Bruno Mars (“Just the Way You Are”) was a story outside of the story of the song and when presented by the producer in a slower fashion it fit perfectly. I brag on Bruno all the time, not because I met him in Hawaii when he was 5 when he performed and dressed like Elvis and I knew he was heading for the solar system, but because he is just totally amazing and made his dreams come true with such determination and creativity.

All his music has so much life and variety. Back in the ‘70s, especially we artists stole each other’s songs all the time. Great writers deserve kudos for writing gems that become cover tunes.

ELF: I know your Christmas album is coming out. What’s next for you?

EH: Ha. Well it’s not even Halloween yet so I think I’ll sit in the Christmas glow for the next few months first, but my tour dates are really packed right now. I have a television special coming out in December filmed in Hawaii during the threat of a Category 5 hurricane. Now there is a story I’ll be telling long after the show airs.

It all adds to the story. I’ve been lucky to have so many years of amazing stories.

ELF: You have an enviable long career – you’ve befriended Elvis, performed for the Queen, made platinum albums, you’re going out on tour. What are dreams of yours you’ve yet to fulfill?

EH: Seeing a cure for Alzheimer’s. When I think that our family is only one story walking through this nightmare and what we have gone through, it breaks my heart at the sadness and angst this is bringing to so many (Humperdinck’s wife has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s). We have been at least 10 years on this slippery slope and winding road... and in the early days you just never knew what tomorrow would bring.

I want to see answers for our tomorrows. We have travelled far and wide to seek hope and healing. We have several ideas in the works for more Alzheimer’s fundraisers, including a song called “Angel on my Shoulder,” so watch out for it.

ELF: You’ve enjoyed a 50-year career and you’re still recording and performing and making music. What do you think are the keys to your longevity in this business, and how do you believe you continue attracting new legions of fans?

EH: Loyal fan following and social media has made a big impact. The original fans are now three or more generations into being “EH spark plugs,” which is my nickname for those who supported my music.

I love connecting through social media. “Tuesday Museday” videos go up every week. I just do a shout out to the fans on Facebook via video and muse about everything from poetry, working out and how I’ve persevered to lose 30 lbs., to how to make an “Engelboot” out of a restaurant serviette.

I can’t answer all the replies, but they are so great, and it feels like we are a huge gang of old friends, so I will use my travel time to read and reply. I can be my own PR guy and control content when I’m able but I’m grateful there are folks like yourself still asking the questions and putting me out there.

Engelbert Humperdinck performs Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene. Tickets are $59-$89 and can be ordered by calling 352-2033 or at thecolonial.org.

https://www.sentinelsource.com/elf/the-man-he-wants-to-be-engelbert-humperdinck-talks-music/article_81b47890-ce3f-11e8-a9f5-bb2aa5360608.html


 

 

Engelbert Humperdinck talks Christmas album, 50 years in showbiz

October 11, 2018

 

By Markos Papadatos     22 hours ago in Music - Digital Journal


Westbury - Veteran English pop star Engelbert Humperdinck chatted with Digital Journal about his new Christmas album, "Warmest Christmas Wishes," as well as his 50th year anniversary in show business.


On his new holiday album, Warmest Christmas Wishes, Humperdinck said, "After 40 years of silence on the Christmas albums, I thought it was about time to do another Christmas album. We endeavored to do a new one, and this one is a very family-oriented album that incorporates family very well, and it includes a few brand new songs."


Affectionately known as The King of Romance, Humperdinck celebrated 50 years in showbiz. "I am very fortunate because not that many people's careers last that long," he said. "I am still going strong, I am still recording and still touring. I am putting out a new TV special at the end of the year, and now I will be releasing my Christmas album. There are a lot of things happening, which is great."


Each day, Humperdinck acknowledged that he is motivated simply by the "love of the business." "I love being in show business. I love singing and being creative, and I love to get involved with musical arrangements," he said, effusively. "I just love walking on stage."


Humperdinck continued, "I don't mind doing 80 to 90 concerts a year since it takes me all over the world. I just love touring."


On Saturday, October 13, Humperdinck will be headlining the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Long Island as part of "The Man I Want To Be Tour." "I go to Westbury every year and I always get a great audience. They are always appreciative of what I do. I will be bringing them new songs from The Man I Want To Be album," he said.


Humperdinck shared that he won't be singing any of his new Christmas songs at the Westbury show on Saturday since it is "too early." "I am a little bit superstitious," he admitted.


For Humperdinck, the key to longevity in the music business is keeping things fresh, looking after yourself, and you need to look good all the time. "I have taken 31 pounds off this body and I've felt good about it. Losing weight has made me feel a lot better. I shall talk about that in the show too," he said.


He defined the word success as follows: "Success means that you have done a lot of hard work in your life. I have and I will continue to do it to keep the success rolling for many more years to come."


Digital transformation of the music industry

On the impact of technology on the music business, Humperdinck said, "You have to go along with what's going on in today's world. I just go along with what's happening. You have to."


Humperdinck acknowledged that vinyl is making a resurgence. "Vinyl is lovely. I miss the big albums and the fact that you can hang the album covers on the walls, and I miss the clarity of them," he said.


For aspiring singers, the English crooner said, "People who are beginning in this business these days have great starts. If you get an audition on The Voice or America's Got Talent, and you are seen by millions at the beginning of your life and that is an incredible thing. When I first started you had to go around and promote yourself in little places across the country. You didn't have the big media to get you in front of millions of people at once. It's good for young people."


Warmest Christmas Wishes is available for pre-order on iTunes and on Amazon.


To learn more about iconic English pop sensation Engelbert Humperdinck, check out his official website.



Read more:  http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/music/engelbert-humperdinck-talks-christmas-album-50-years-in-showbiz/article/534306#ixzz5TfOU8yy1

 

Engelbert at Paste Studios

October 11, 2018

Warmest Christmas Wishes Gift Set Now Available for Pre-Order on OK!Good Records

September 17, 2018

The ‘Warmest Christmas Wishes’ Gift Set, a luxury pre-order package for Engelbert Humperdinck’s forthcoming Christmas album, is now available to order from OK!Good Records

The ‘Warmest Christmas Wishes’ Gift Set is now available for pre-order via OK!Good Records for Engelbert Humperdinck’s upcoming Christmas album.  ‘Warmest Christmas Wishes’ is an exciting new addition to his legacy, and his first Christmas album in almost forty years.

The Engelbert Humperdinck Warmest Christmas Wishes Gift Set is an elegant, unique, and thoughtful gift that will surely top any Engelbert fan’s wish list. The Autographed Warmest Christmas Wishes Holiday Greeting Card and the Warmest Christmas Wishes Ornament were made specifically to commemorate the release of Warmest Christmas Wishes.  Every item included is exclusive to the gift set, meaning that you cannot purchase them anywhere else!


The first 50 pre-orders of Engelbert Humperdinck Warmest Christmas Wishes Gift Set will receive an Embroidered Engelbert Humperdinck Handkerchief free of charge! Discounted pre-orders are available for this gift set until the official release of Warmest Christmas Wishes, October 12th.

ALL Engelbert Humperdinck Warmest Christmas Wishes Gift Sets include…

  • Autographed Edition of Warmest Christmas Wishes

  • Autographed Warmest Christmas Wishes Holiday Greeting Card

  • Warmest Christmas Wishes Ornament

OK!Good Records will be taking orders for this item beginning Monday, September 17th.  Order by Friday, October 5th to guarantee Domestic US shipping by Friday October 12th, the official release date of Warmest Christmas Wishes.


*** Warmest Christmas Wishes is autographed on the booklet inside, not the cover. ***

Pre-order this luxury gift set here: http://www.okgoodrecords.com/product/engelbert-humperdinck-warmest-christmas-wishes-gift-set/


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Engelbert Humperdinck to Release Warmest Christmas Wishes, His First Christmas Album in Almost Forty Years

August 28, 2018

 

August 28, 2018

Iconic singer Engelbert Humperdinck will release ‘Warmest Christmas Wishes’, his first Christmas album in almost Forty Years, on Friday, October 12th 2018 on OK!Good Records. Engelbert Humperdinck’s new album features 14 heartfelt holiday songs – including 2 brand new originals especially written for this album.

Iconic pop singer Engelbert has decided to launch the next chapter of his illustrious career by surprising his fans with a brand new Christmas album – his first in almost forty years.  Not satisfied with the yearlong celebration of his 50th showbiz anniversary in 2017, Engelbert Humperdinck is eager to begin his next decade in music on a celebratory note. Following the success of his first album in over a decade, the acclaimed The Man I Want to Be, Engelbert is excited to bring yuletide gladness to families everywhere.  Engelbert Humperdinck’s new Christmas album, titled Warmest Christmas Wishes, will be available via OK!Good Records on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Much like its predecessor, A Merry Christmas With Engelbert Humperdinck, Warmest Christmas Wishes is a combination of classic, new and unexpected songs. Traditional holiday songs like “Silent Night” and “O Tannenbaum” sit next to American Yule standards like “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “White Christmas”. Fans can expect to hear the latter reinvented in a Django Reinhardt-inspired swing arrangement.  Engelbert delivers Christmas cheer with contemporary tunes such as Chris Rea’s “Driving Home for Christmas” and Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Christmas Song”. Two new original songs – “Christmas for the Family” and “Around the Christmas Tree” are bound to become instant holiday favorites. In all, there are 14 new holiday tunes to celebrate Christmas joy, delivered in Engelbert Humperdinck’s inimitable style.

The new album, like last years “The Man I Want to Be”, was produced by Jurgen Korduletsch, arranged by Geoff Stradling and longtime Engelbert collaborators Johnny Harris and the late Jeff Sturges. Recorded at some of Los Angeles’s most iconic studios, most prominently Capitol Studios Hollywood with some of the finest musicians LA has to offer, Warmest Christmas Wishes is a Christmas gift to enjoy for everyone this holiday season.

Engelbert is thrilled to bring holiday cheer to his fans once more, as he shared his excitement in a recent interview with Billboard:

“It’s been such a long time since I recorded a Christmas album, and fans have been asking me, ‘When are you going to do another one?’ … Finally, we decided to do it. I love (Christmas). From me growing up with a large family and everybody singing around the Christmas tree, it was a wonderful, wonderful upbringing. So (Christmas) is very special with me to share.”

Digital and physical pre-orders for Warmest Christmas Wishes to be announced by OK!Good Records in the coming weeks.

Pre-Order:


Amazon: http://a.co/d/hfVqtK7

iTunes: https://apple.co/2LuJrYM

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Tracklisting:

  1. “Please Come Home for Christmas”

  2. “Driving Home for Christmas”

  3. “Christmas Song (I’m Not Dreaming of a White Christmas)”

  4. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

  5. “Snowy Christmas” – Medley (including ”Let It Snow”, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, “Winter Wonderland”)

  6. “A Christmas for the Family”

  7. “Silently Falls the Snow”

  8. “O Tannenbaum”

  9. “Still Still Still”

  10. “Silent Night”

  11. “Around the Christmas Tree”

  12. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

  13. “Leise rieselt der Schnee”

About Engelbert Humperdinck:

Iconic careers don’t come any bigger than Engelbert Humperdinck’s. One would be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t familiar with his multi-platinum selling hits such as “Release Me”, “The Last Waltz” or “After the Lovin’”. These and many other of his hits have contributed greatly to 150 million worldwide album sales by the “King of Romance”, as Engelbert is lovingly nicknamed by his legion of fans. Just having entered a new decade of his life, the very youthful Engelbert is also celebrating his 50th year in showbiz with the release of a brand new album ‘The Man I Want to Be’. Not content with being a legacy artist, Engelbert demonstrates effortlessly with this album (his first album of original material in over a decade), that he is very much a relevant artist for today’s audiences as he has been over the last five decades of his career.

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Engelbert Humperdinck Shares New Christmas Tune, Explains Why Retirement Isn't for Him

August 27, 2018

8/27/2018 by Gary Graff, Billboard

At 82 and more than 50 years into his entertainment career, Engelbert Humperdinck is on a roll.

Earlier this year the British singer released a new studio album, The Man I Want To Be, his first set of original material in more than a decade. And on Oct. 12 he'll celebrate the season with Warmest Christmas Wishes, a 14-track set whose rendition of the Charles Brown staple "Please Come Home For Christmas" premieres exclusively below.

"It's been such a long time since I recorded a Christmas album, and fans have been asking me, 'When are you going to do another one?'" Humperdinck -- who released his first holiday set, Christmas Tyme, in 1977 and has put out several more since -- tells Billboard. "Finally, we decided to do it. I love (Christmas). From me growing up with a large family and everybody singing around the Christmas tree, it was a wonderful, wonderful upbringing. So (Christmas) is very special with me to share."

Produced by The Man I Want To Be's Jurgen Korduletsch, with arrangements by Geoff Stradling, Johnny Harris and Jeff Sturges, Warmest Christmas Wishes mixes classic and contemporary material, from "White Christmas" (in a jazz-styled arrangement), "Silent Night" and "O Tannenbaum" to Chris Rea's "Driving Home For Christmas" and Gilbert O'Sullvan's "Christmas Song." The set, which Humperdinck recorded in Los Angeles, also includes two brand new songs -- "Christmas For the Family" and "Around the Christmas Tree." Humperdinck also wrote English lyrics for "Silently Falls the Snow," originally a German song.

"'Driving Home For Christmas' is just a great Christmas songs because people are in their cars and driving home," Humperdinck says. "I just wanted to make an album people could put on and maybe enjoy the holiday a little more with the music."

Taking on "Please Come Home For Christmas" was a challenge, Humperdinck adds. "It was kind of an unusual style when I heard the original version of it, because it's very sort of bluesy," he explains. "But I got ahold of it and with the great arrangement that we've got here I think I did a good job on it."

Humperdinck is filming a PBS special in Hawaii, which will feature five of the songs from Warmest Christmas Wishes as well as other favorites from throughout his career, with an airdate TBA. Meanwhile, Humperdinck is already plotting what to do next and how to keep his current roll, well, rolling. "Retirement has never entered my mind for one moment because I don't feel the age I am -- and I don't act it and I don't speak like it," he says. "When God calls me, that's when I stop. Until then I'm going to just keep going."

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8472296/engelbert-humperdinck-please-come-home-for-christmas-premiere


 

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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