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Engelbert Humperdinck Biography: In His Own Words – Exclusive Video, News, Photos

August 02, 2022

 by Reese AlexanderAugust 1, 2022, 11:56 pm UInterview


Arnold George Dorsey was born on May 2, 1936 (Engelbert Humperdinck: age 86) in what was then referred to as Madras, British India, but is now known as Chennai, India. His parents, Olive Dorsey and Mervyn Dorsey, a British Army Officer, had ten children altogether. 

When Humperdinck was ten years old, his family moved from India to Leicester, England. By the 1950s, he had begun performing on the saxophone in nightclubs. His music career was put on hold in the mid-1950s when Humperdinck was conscripted into the British Army. After his discharge, he recorded singles with Decca Records. Later that same year, Humperdinck switched to Parlophone Records, but his first record was not successful.

In 1959, he joined the The Big Beat Show, a touring show which featured other pop singers as well. He also continued to work in nightclubs, and made a few television appearances.

In 1961, Humperdinck caught tuberculosis. His recovery took nine months, and by then he had to start his music career over again.


In 1965, Humperdinck adopted his famous stage name, which was borrowed from the famous German composer Engelbert Humperdinck. Speaking to uInterview, Humperdinck revealed the story behind this momentous name change which transformed him from Arnold Dorsey into Engelbert Humperdinck.

“I guess I was a struggling young man who was looking for an opportunity to get into show business,” the singer mused. “I had a name that wasn’t making it, so the manager Gordon Mills who was building a stable of singers, I was one of three, and he gave each one of us a composer’s name, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Tom Jones and myself.”

Humperdinck, along with four other sings, won the Belgian Knokke song contest for Great Britain in 1966.

In 1967, Humperdinck’s recording of “Release Me” topped the charts in the United Kingdom. It also made it to No. 4 of the U.S. Billboard. The song spent 56 weeks in the Top 50, and sold around 85,000 copies a day at its height. Following the enormous success of “Release Me”, Humperdinck was cemented as a rising star in the public’s eye. He immediately released two more hits, “There Goes My Everything” and “The Last Waltz,” which continued his rise to fame.

When speaking about “Release Me”, Humperdinck told uInterview, “I got lucky because I recorded ‘Release Me’ and it sat on a shelf for about three months, and I thought ‘It’s a hit song, why isn’t it taking off?’ But I’d never done a TV show,” Humperdinck continued. “So all the sudden a gentleman got ill in England, and I took his place. It was Sunday night at the London Palladium. I did the show, I did two songs together and then ‘Release Me.’ And then bingo, the next day there were orders for 18,000 a day, 19,000 a day, and this was going on daily… It spread around the world, and gave me a global career.”

Throughout the 70s, Humperdinck continued to focus on creating albums and performing live. He was a regular in Las Vegas, with his usual performance spot being the famous Riviera Hotel. Humperdinck also took to the Broadway stage, where he performed his live show at the Minskoff Theatre.

In 1989, Humperdinck received both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his very own Golden Globe Award for entertainer of the year. Humperdinck began to involve himself in several charity organizations. This includes the American Red Cross, the Leukemia Research Fund, and many different institutions dedicated to AIDS relief.

In 2000, Humperdinck once again hit the top 5 of British album charts with Engelbert at His Very Best. Throughout the 2000s, he continued to release new music to critical acclaim as well as to collaborate with several fellow artists.

In 2014, Humperdinck released Engelbert Calling, which finds him collaborating with such artists as Sir Elton John, Willie Nelson, Olivia-Newton John and Gene Simmons. 

After the release of his 2017 album The Man I Want to Be, Humperdinck sat down with uInterview to discuss the touching reason why he decided to dedicate this newest album to his wife, Patricia Healey. “My wife has Alzheimer’s, so she can’t follow me to concerts anymore like she used to,” Humperdinck revealed. “But we have hope in our hearts that she will one day very soon, because we’re working on a cure for her… And music is one thing that really, really helps people in that condition, and so I decided to dedicate this album to her.”

In 2022, Humperdinck’s song “A Man Without Love” was featured in the hit Marvel series Moon Knight.

Humperdinck continues to release new music and tour the globe to this day. Tickets are on sale now for Humperdinck’s 2022 tour.


Humperdinck married Patricia Healey in 1964. Together they had four children, and they split their time between houses in Great Britain and Southern California. In 2017, Humperdinck released the news that his wife had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s ten years previous. On February 5, 2021, Healey passed away from COVID-19.


Is Engelbert Humperdinck on tour right now?
Engelbert Humperdinck is going on tour from September to December of this year.

What is Engelbert Humperdinck’s real name?
Engelbert Humperdinck’s real name is Arnold George Dorsey.

How old is Engelbert Humperdinck?
Engelbert Humperdinck is 86 years old.

What is Engelbert Humperdinck’s nationality?
Engelbert Humperdinck was born in India. He is of German and Welsh ethnic descent.

What is Engelbert Humperdinck’s birthday?
Engelbert Humperdinck was born on May 2, 1936.

How tall is Engelbert Humperdinck?

Where does Engelbert Humperdinck live now?
Engelbert Humperdinck divides his time between Great Britain and Southern California.



Engelbert Humperdinck to hold concert in Malaysia on Aug 13

June 26, 2022

By ZAI KAMAL The Star June 15, 2022

Sixties superstar Engelbert Humperdinck will be staging a one-night only concert in Malaysia in August.

The 86-year-old is set to perform at Resorts World Genting's Arena Of Stars at 8.30pm on Aug 13.

Humperdinck is best known for his hit single Release Me which was released in 1967. The song shot to the top of the charts in 11 countries and stayed in Britain's Top 50 singles chart for 56 weeks!

He has also recorded timeless classics such as Am I That Easy To Forget, Quando Quando Quando, A Man Without Love and When There’s No You.

His 1968 hit, A Man Without Love got a rejuvenation of sorts recently when the song was featured in the superhero series Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac.

Tickets to the British singer's Falling In Love With Engelbert Humperdinck show at Resorts World Genting are priced at RM696 (VIP), RM456 (PS1), RM306 (PS2) and RM196 (PS3) and available from www.rwgenting.com.



Surprise Hit: Engelbert Humperdinck’s A Man Without Love Is Back After 54 Years

April 12, 2022

by Roger Friedman - April 12, 2022 9:41 am Showbiz 411.com

If you wait long enough, everything comes back from the past.

Now it’s Engelbert Humperdinck’s turn. The 60s crooner has seen his 1968 hit “A Man Without Love” suddenly rising on the charts 54 years after it first appeared. 

The song is featured on Marvel’s Disney Plus show “Moon Knight” in such a prominent way that it’s sent fans to Spotify in droves. The song is number 5 this morning on the Viral Top 50 in the US.

Not only that. “A Man Without Love” suddenly has 15.9 million streams on Spotify. Most of the other tracks on the Live album from which it was taken average around 50,000 streams. 

Engelbert’s real name is Arnold George Dorsey and he turns 86 years young on May 2nd. The real Engelbert was the German composer of “Hansel and Gretel,” among other operas. Dorsey, like Gilbert O’Sullivan and Tom Jones, was renamed by his famous manager, Gordon Mills, who obviously had a sense of humor. 



Engelbert Humperdinck 'overwhelmed' at receiving MBE from Princess Royal Engelbert Humperdinck overwhelmed at receiving MBE from Princess Royal

April 09, 2022

The Leicester singer attended an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle this week

By Asha Patel Leicester Mercury 06 April 2022

Engelbert Humperdinck has been awarded an MBE after working for more than seven decades as a singer. The 85-year-old has more than 140 million records around the world.

The music veteran from Leicestershire has also continued to tour and interact with fans throughout his long career, staying in touch throughout the Covid pandemic through his YouTube channel. His popularity exploded in 1967 with his cover of Release Me - which arguably remains his best-known song.

After he was presented with his honour by the Princess Royal during a ceremony at Windsor Castle on April 5, the entertainer said: "I’m overwhelmed, and a Member of the British Empire is a great order, and I thank Her Royal Highness for giving it to me today. I’ve been successful since 1967 and I’m still doing it, and I start on a European tour very shortly and thank god the pandemic is over so we can continue with the job we do best."

After receiving the honour in 2021, Engelbert dedicated it to his late wife, Patricia who died in February the same year, after contracting Covid-19. She had also been living with Alzheimer's disease for more than a decade.

Engelbert was forced to cancel his long-awaited UK tour, during is he was set to perform at De Montfort Hall, due to a chest infection in November last year. But he is now looking forward to being back. 

Born Arnold George Dorsey, the singer is known globally for his chart-topping love songs, earning him the nickname “the King of Romance”. His catalogue of romantic songs include The Last Waltz, Spanish Eyes and Quando Quando Quando. 

Fellow musical veteran Rick Wakeman, who is best known for playing keyboards with prog-rock band Yes and has also worked with David Bowie and Elton John, also received a CBE at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.



Engelbert Humperdinck, 85, beams as he is made an MBE and is joined by rocker Rick Wakeman honoured in investiture service at Windsor Castle

April 05, 2022

By Stephen Wynn-davies For Daily Mailonline  05 Apr 2022, updated 00:31 06 Apr 2022

Engelbert Humperdinck was today made an MBE during an investiture service at Windsor Castle

The British pop star, 85, was among a host a high-achievers to receive royal honours by the Princess Royal on Tuesday.

Others collecting awards included rocker Rick Wakeman, actor Sir Jonathan Pryce and former rugby player Rob Burrow.

Humperdinck, who rose to prominence in the late 1960s with chart-topping hits like Release Me and The Last Waltz, was made MBE in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours list. 

Sir Jonathan Pryce, the 74-year-old Welsh actor who has won two Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Pope Francis in The Two Popes, was knighted in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to drama and charity.

He has also supported several charities, including Amnesty International, Epilepsy Action and Neurofibromatosis Association. 

Meanwhile, Wakeman, best known as the keyboardist in progressive rock band Yes, was awarded CBE on the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Rob Burrow, 39, who spent 16 years playing for the Leeds Rhinos and was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2019, was made an MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours list.

On Tuesday, he was honoured for his services to both the rugby league and the Motor Neurone Disease communities. 

During his career, Burrow won eight Grand Finals and 20 international caps during his playing days with Leeds, England and Great Britain.

He was recognised with the MBE for his efforts raising awareness about MND and for his sporting achievements.

Burrow, speaking after the service, paid tribute to his wife Lindsey, saying the day had given his partner the chance to 'get dressed up' and indulge in some 'escapism' away from her normal role looking after her husband.


The former sportsman, who now uses a wheelchair and speaks with the aid of a machine, said: 'I'm shocked to be accepting the MBE award, it's not something that was on the list of things that I wanted to achieve but I am absolutely honoured to receive this award.

'Any excuse to see my wife get dressed up in the dresses she deserves...I hope she enjoys the occasion like me.

'I've always got a kick out of giving close ones that experience like no other. It gives my Lindsey escapism from a normal day-to-day management of looking after me.

'I'm so proud to receive this because of my rugby and the awareness for MND, this most importantly means that MND continues to be talked about and keeping it in the public (eye).

'I'm blown away by the response to me getting the disease and I hope they know - it's all for you.'

Professor Jim Al-Khalili, a physicist, author and broadcast, was also made CBE on the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to science and public engagement in Stem - and was today honoured in Windsor.

He was joined by composer and pianist Huw Watkins, who was awarded an MBE, and Dame Catherine Bingham, chair of the UK Government's Vaccine Taskforce, who was awarded a damehood - both on the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours List.



Engelbert Humperdinck's A Man Without Love Featured on Marvel's MOON KNIGHT

April 05, 2022

The first episode of Moon Knight is now streaming on Disney+.


by Michael Major Apr. 4, 2022  Broadway World

As with most Marvel films, it's the most unexpected people who turn out to be superheroes. In the case of the new Marvel Cinematic Universe series MOON KNIGHT that premiered on March 30, 2022 via the Disney+ streaming service, the latest member into the Marvel family is none other than legendary vocalist ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK who made his entry in the opening scene of "Episode 1: The Goldfish Problem" with his classic song "A Man Without Love" prominently featured in the establishing scene.

"My 'Superpower' was to keep this quiet until the show premiered," laughs Engelbert. "I'm excited to be part of the Marvel Universe and thrilled that 'A Man Without Love' was included on the soundtrack for Moon Knight." The impact of the song's placement was immediately seen on Shazam as it charts at #2 in the U.S., #3 in the U.K,. #4 in Canada, #5 in Mexico and #7 Globally.

Originally released in 1968 on the album of the same name, "A Man Without Love" reached No. 2 on the U.K. Singles Chart upon release. In the U.S., the single was fifth consecutive Top 40 hit for the singer and a certified million seller, staying in the charts for more than a year.

The "King of Romance", as Engelbert is lovingly nicknamed by his legion of fans who swoon under his vocal superpowers, recently celebrated over 50 years in show business. With his most recent albums The Man I Want to Be (2017), Warmest Christmas Wishes (2018) and the EPs Reflections (2019) and Sentiments (2020), Engelbert has shown another side of his talent by picking more introspective songs that connect with his life's experience. His new music has opened a new chapter in the legend's career as he continues to inspire and connect with fans of all ages.

Engelbert will also be awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) honor for his services to Music during the Queen's Birthday Honors this Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at Windsor Castle. An honor of high order, he joins the ranks of Adele, The Beatles, P.J. Harvey, and Joe Strummer for this prestigious distinction. Most recently the singer was awarded a Silver Play Button by YouTube to commemorate his 100,000 Subscribers on his Channel, powered by his weekly 'Tuesday Museday' vlogs, 'Flashback Friday' episodes and 'Live at Home' Specials.

With more live shows scheduled in 2022 in the States and overseas (North American dates below) and more new music on the way, Engelbert continues to enchant and mesmerize his audiences for five decades and counting.




Engelbert Humperdinck’s A Man Without Love features In The New Marvel Series Moon Knight

April 04, 2022

by PAUL CASHMERE on APRIL 2, 2022 Noise 11.com

Moon Knight’, the new series from Marvel, features the Engelbert Humperdinck classic ‘A Man Without Love’ in episode one.

Engelbert’s song is features in the opening sequence aas ‘Moon Knight’ start. ‘A Man Without Love’ becomes the soundtrack to the first hours of the main character Steven Grant/Moon Knight’s day. Grant/Knight is played by Oscar Isaac (Star Wars, The Card Counter, X-Men).

‘A Man Without Love’, released in 1968, was the title of the third album for Engelbert Humperdinck. The single reached no 2 in the UK, no 5 in Australia and no 19 in the USA giving Engelbert his fifth Top 40 hot. It is also included in the string of seven consecutive Top 5 hits Engelbert had in the UK – ‘Release Me’ (no 1, 1967), ‘There Goes My Everything’ (no 2, 1967), ‘The Last Waltz’ (no 1, 1967), ‘Am I That Easy To Forget’ (no 3, 1968), ‘A Man Without Love’ (no 2, 1968), ‘Les Bicyclettes de Belsize’ (no 5, 1968), ‘The Way It Used To Be’ (no 3, 1969).

Engelbert is in good company in episode one of ‘Moon Knight’. The episode also features Bob Dylan ‘Every Grain of Sand’ and ‘Wham’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’.

Not only has Engelbert impacted through the sync of ‘A Man Without Love’ in Moon Knight this week, his son Scott Dorsey has accepted the position as Director of Entertainment at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast in Queensland.



Engelbert Interview on the Ross Owen Show

March 25, 2022

Engelbert will be interviewed on The Ross Owen show streaming online on Sat 9th April from 5pm UK time.








Engelbert Humperdinck's YouTube Live Hangout

March 21, 2022

Engelbert Humperdinck's YouTube Live Hangout originally scheduled for Valentine's Day has been rescheduled for this Thursday, March 24th at 11am PT / 2pm ET.

Join Engelbert live on his YouTube Channel on Thursday - where the singer will be sharing some stories, and chatting with his fans about his upcoming tours and new music.




YouTube Valentine's Day Special Canceled

February 14, 2022

We regret to inform you that today’s Valentine’s Day Live Stream on Engelbert Humperdinck’s YouTube Channel has been cancelled. Unfortunately a fatal accident took a close member of his family late last night. Engelbert is heartbroken and too distressed to celebrate today’s holiday. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we will have to reschedule a Live Stream for a later date. Engelbert asks your forgiveness and appreciates your understanding.



Warmest Christmas WishesWarmest Christmas Wishes
The Man I Want to Be The Man I Want to Be
The Complete Decca Studio AlbumsThe Complete Decca Studio Albums
Engelbert Humperdinck - 50Engelbert Humperdinck - 50
Christmas CDChristmas CD
Runaway CountryRunaway Country
Engelbert CallingEngelbert Calling
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
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
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
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
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
We Made It HappenWe Made It Happen
Engelbert HumperdinckEngelbert Humperdinck
A Man Without LoveA Man Without Love
Last WaltzLast Waltz
Release MeRelease Me