Pete McMurray from WGN Radio 720 Talks with Engelbert Humperdinck about His New Duets Album "Engelbert Calling"
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Willie Nelson, Engelbert Humperdinck Duet "Make You Feel My Love" Makes First Round of Grammy Nominations
Willie Nelson has made the first rounds of the 2015 Grammy Nominations for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with “Make You Feel My Love,” a collaboration he did with UK artist Engelbert Humperdinck, off his album ‘Engelbert Calling.’
If you are a voting member of the Recording Academy, please vote to make it to the next round. The ballots need to be in by 5PM on Wednesday November 5th.
Engelbert Humperdinck Bound for Atlantic City, New Brunswick
If you've got something that works, stick with it.
That's what Engelbert Humperdinck is doing, and has for nearly a half-century.
At 78, the India-born British singer behind such hits as "Release Me" and "There Goes My Everything" shows no signs of slowing. Humperdinck has two upcoming shows in New Jersey and a new album of duets, "Engelbert Calling," in which he harmonizes with an eclectic group of artists from Elton John to Willie Nelson to Olivia Newton-John to Gene Simmons.
Humperdinck — who was born Arnold Dorsey — spoke in a recent telephone interview.
Q. You could sit home, but you're on the road. Is touring a grind these days?
A. Actually, I just finished a seven-day tour, and it was quite grueling, in fact -- a different city every night, on the bus, etc. But it's fine. It's a part of my life. It's been a part of how I live for a very long time now. I enjoy it very much.
Q. There's quite an array of performers on "Engelbert Calling." Does the title indicate that you called everyone personally?
A. I mostly did it myself. The title "Englebert Calling" came about because one night, I was listening to a live album by Elton John. As he was introducing a song, he said, "I wrote this when I was a struggling artist waiting for an Engelbert to call and ask for a song." Well, I didn't ask for that song, but I did call him (laughs). Elton was the first call I made, in fact, and he said yes, of course. Having Elton was like having a honeycomb -- he attracted everyone else to come and contribute.
Q. Gene Simmons of Kiss is on your record. Did you work with him in the studio?
A. In the studio. Gene Simmons was absolutely amazing. Because, we are on two totally different sides of the ocean, as far as our business goes. He's a rocker, and I'm in the romantic area. But he was such fun. He's a rock god, but he has a great sense of humor, which he brought into the studio. He kept saying, "Eng, just have fun. Have fun with it."
Q. What do you remember about growing up in India?
A. You know, living in a tropical country when you're that young — there was a lot of sunshine and a lot of attention — my father was in the army — so I was really spoiled in a lot of ways. But I did enjoy my time over there.
Q. You moved to England at age 10. Was that culture shock?
A. It was a great change, but it was absolutely wonderful. We had never seen snow before. Cold was something we had never experienced before. But I got to love it. That's where I call home now. I still have a home in Leicestershire, in England. That's where I will go to celebrate Christmas and New Year's.
Q. You've been talking about this for 40-some years, but please indulge me. In the 1960s when you emerged, comedians made hay with your stage name. Given that the name is so unusual, did it give you pause?
A. It gave me recognition. But I had my reservations, I'll tell you. I was worried about the length of the name. I thought, "My gosh, how am I going to sign this name? It's so long, it sounds like the name of a group!" But it's served its purpose. The original person who owned the name (a composer) died in (1921). I'm the only Engelbert Humperdinck around today. I was fortunate enough to sell 150 million records under that name.
Q. There was always an imagined rivalry between you and Tom Jones. But you were on his TV show, and he was on yours. Are you friends?
A. To be honest, we were friends in the early days, when (talent agent) Gordon Mills was managing us both at the same time. Then when I went out on my own — because I felt Mills was being partial to one person — from then on, we have never spoken to each other. That's been 28 years.
Q. You're still known as a romantic figure. Do you still see a twinkle in the eyes of ladies in the audience?
A. Certainly (laughs). I'm sort of a generator. When I'm onstage, and I generate this feeling, this electricity that I have with the audience. It's still exciting for me. It has been for 47 years.
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK • OCT. 31: 9 p.m. at Harrah's Atlantic City, 777 Harrah's Blvd., Atlantic City. $45 to $73.50. (609) 441-5000 or visit harrahsresort.com • NOV. 9: 7 p.m. at the State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. $35 to $95; call (732) 246-7469 or visit statetheatrenj.org.
By Mark Voger | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com updated October 27, 2014 at 8:04 AM
Music Legend Engelbert Humperdinck to Perform in El Paso
Music legend Engelbert Humperdinck is coming to El Paso.
The four-time Grammy Award nominee and Golden Globe "Entertainer of the Year" will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Plaza Theatre, organizers announced today.
Tickets, which will cost $45, $55, $75 and $85, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and will be available at the Plaza Theatre Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. VIP passes also will be on sale.
Humperdinck is an English pop singer best known for his hits "Release Me," "The Last Waltz," "Spanish Eyes" and "After the Lovin'." He released his first single, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," in 1958. In 1966, he won a singing contest and later released a string of singles that proved commercially successful. Gaining a devoted fan following, he also fronted a short-lived television series, "The Engelbert Humperdinck Show."
Few realize that several of music's biggest acts, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out as opening acts for the crooner in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Humperdinck has 63 gold records, 24 platinum records and has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Information: 231-1100; elpasolive.com.
POSTED: 10/23/2014 04:50:03 PM MDT
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.