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Engelbert Humperdinck's virtual "Christmas Special," 5 Things to Know

December 11, 2020

By Gary Graff  The Oakland Press December 10, 2020

During a nearly 65-year performing career, it seems odd that Engelbert Humperdinck has never done a Christmas show.

Until now.

The 84-year-old singer, who was born in India and raised in England, will host a virtual "Christmas Special" concert on Saturday, Dec. 12. The show will feature holiday songs both old and new, and various packages allow for Meet & Greets with Humperdinck and even a personal video phone call. 'Tis the season, after all."

And Humperdinck hasn't been only about the holidays this year. Last month he released an EP, "Sentiments," whose five songs include covers of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me," Bob Dylan's "Forever Young," the Charlie Chaplin-written "Smile" and a duet with Janet Devilin on the Elvis Presley classic "Can't Help Falling in Love"...

• Even though he’s never done a Christmas show before, Humperdinck doesn't think it will take much to shift into Yuletide mode. "I love Christmas. I come from a big family, so it was very celebrated. I have seven sisters and two brothers and everybody got together. Everyone. It was always a big gathering, and very festive."

His "Christmas Special," then, will try to recreate the kind of celebrations Humperdinck grew up with and has maintained. "It'll be a family sort of thing. I'll have three of my children there, and my daughter's little girl, who’s going to perform with me 'cause she's entering into show business. So it will be just my family and my wife and myself. And the crew."

• Humperdinck says the concert will last for an hour and include "quite a number of the Christmas songs from all the albums I've done, three Christmas albums in the past, and hopefully I've chosen the right material. It's all about being home for Christmas and that sort of thing. Not everybody will be able to come home, but the songs will be there to help them get the feeling of Christmas."

• Humperdinck decided to call his new EP "Sentiments" to reflect the common ground he finds in each of the songs. The original "One World," he says, "is a great song 'cause the lyrics are so appropriate for what's happening in today's world -- not even something to do with anything political. It's me wanting to express the idea and the wish that we can all come together and have a have a peaceful world."

• Dylan's "Forever Young," meanwhile, is an expression of how Humperdinck feels about himself as well. "I just love that song. It’s my sentiment entirely. On my last album I did a song called 'Don't Let the Old Man In,' and my sentiments are I don't ever want to feel or look old -- though nature has taken me close in that direction. But God has been good to me. My skin has been good. I haven't been under the knife. I just try to keep myself in a young situation."

Engelbert Humperdinck presents a "Christmas Special" virtual concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Tickets via events.loopedlive.com/engelbert.

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SentimentsSentiments
ReflectionsReflections
Warmest Christmas WishesWarmest Christmas Wishes
The Complete Decca Studio AlbumsThe Complete Decca Studio Albums
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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]
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The Dance AlbumThe Dance Album
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From the HeartFrom the Heart
FeelingsFeelings
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After DarkAfter Dark
You are So BeautifulYou are So Beautiful
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The Magic of ChristmasThe Magic of Christmas
Magic NightMagic Night
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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
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Hello Out ThereHello Out There
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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
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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
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My LoveMy Love
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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
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A Man Without LoveA Man Without Love
Last WaltzLast Waltz
Release MeRelease Me