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Engelbert Humperdinck

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Ultrasmooth balladeer Engelbert Humperdinck was often billed as “The Ruler of Love,” as well as for an incredible number of fans all over the world, he a lot more than lived up compared to that name. Despite the unusual name as well as the latter-day advertisements hawking his music on late-night Television, Humperdinck was among the finest middle of the street balladeers around, a delicate lyric interpreter with exceptional vocal technique along with a three-and-a-half-octave vocal range. During his heyday in the past due ’60s and early ’70s, Humperdinck cultivated the picture of the mysterious heartthrob, showing off shaggy sideburns along with a flamboyant closet that, when in conjunction with his wealthy, silky crooning, drove feminine enthusiasts outrageous. He was specifically well-known in European countries and his indigenous U.K., and his world-wide record product sales — keeping track of both albums and singles — ultimately totaled more than 100 million. Like his friendly rival Tom Jones (with whom he distributed a manager for quite some time), he later on settled right into a comfy niche like a stalwart from the NEVADA entertainment circuit. Humperdinck was created Arnold George Dorsey on, may 2, 1936, in Madras, India. His dad worked well as an engineer for the English Army, as well as the family members returned to Britain when Arnold was seven, settling in Leicester. He used the saxophone at age group 11, but didn’t actually try his hands at performing until 17, when his close friends spoken him into getting into a small regional singing contest. Not merely do he generate a standing up ovation, he also impressed the target audience having a knack for comic impressions, especially Jerry Lewis (which he frequently contained in his later on concert events). Actually, his Lewis impression offered him his 1st stage name, Gerry Dorsey. He began performing in nightclubs, but after completing school, he place his budding music profession on keep to serve within the armed forces through 1956. When Dorsey came back, he got the opportunity to record for Decca in 1958, however the lone one released, “I’ll Under no circumstances Fall in Like Once again,” flopped. He maintained a few performances on United kingdom tv, most prominently on the display Oh, Boy!, and toured with Marty Wilde; the exposure helped him turn into a well-known live concert attraction in his have right, despite the fact that he previously no strikes of his have. His profession was almost derailed in 1961 when he contracted tuberculosis, which held him completely from commission for half a year; once he retrieved, he discovered that England’s burgeoning rock and roll & roll motion was pushing even more traditional pop from the limelight. As Gerry Dorsey, he battled for quite some time until he got touching previous roommate Gordon Mills in 1965. After the business lead vocalist of the skiffle group known as the Viscounts, Mills experienced moved into designer management, and at that time was taking pleasure in breakout achievement with Tom Jones. It had been Mills who recommended that Dorsey switch his name towards the well-nigh memorable Engelbert Humperdinck, following the 19th hundred years Austrian composer who modified Hansel and Gretel into an opera. To generate an air flow of mystery round the vocalist, Mills insisted that he avoid any connection with his followers following concerts, even though that designed escaping through home windows. The gimmicks worked well, as the recently christened Humperdinck obtained a new cope with Decca. His initial two singles, “Dommage Dommage” and “Stay,” had been released in 1966, and both skipped the graphs. However the third period became the attraction. In 1967, Humperdinck cut a pop-ballad edition of “Discharge Me,” previously popular for country vocalist Ray Cost and R&B chanteuse Esther Phillips; Humperdinck’s cover produced the song a typical. Given some publicity with the singer’s last-minute addition to a costs on the London Palladium, it rocketed to the very best of the United kingdom graphs and marketed more than a million copies, eventually keeping the Beatles’ seminal double-sided strike “Penny Street”/”Strawberry Areas Forever” from the best spot. In addition, it went to number 4 in America, where in fact the associated recording made the very best Ten. “Launch Me” kicked off a streak of seven right Top Five strikes within the U.K., which lasted into 1969. Those strikes included “There Goes My Everything,” the million-selling number 1 “THE FINAL Waltz,” “Am I THAT SIMPLE to Neglect,” “A GUY Without Like,” “Les Bicyclettes de Belsize,” and “JUST HOW It Utilized to Become.” While they weren’t as effective within the American pop graphs (non-e reached the very best Ten), each of them made the very best Ten on the simple listening graphs; his albums from the 1967-1970 period offered well, as well, as his initial six all arrived in the very best 20. Humperdinck’s string of easy hearing strikes continuing apace in the first ’70s; 1970 brought “Wintertime World of Like,” “Sweetheart,” and “My Marie,” and the next year “Another Period, Another Place,” and “When THERE IS NO You.” By this time around, Humperdinck had turn into a greatly well-known live action, touring extensively in the cabaret and nightclub circuits, and became a normal in NEVADA aswell. Humperdinck concerts had been such a rewarding enterprise, actually, the fact that singer’s management begun to de-emphasize recordings, rather encouraging him to keep touring. Because of this, the graph placements of his much less frequent new materials were suffering substantially from the middle-’70s. In past due 1976, after putting your signature on a new cope with Epic, Humperdinck do go back to make his second appearance within the American TOP with “Following the Lovin’,” a grown-up modern chart-topper that also produced the lower gets to of the united states graphs. The record of the same name produced the very best 20 and provided him his biggest-selling LP since 1970. Humperdinck topped the adult modern graphs one final time with 1979’s “This Instant,” and acquired his last graph one in 1983, with “Til You as well as your Lover Are Fans Once again.” Humperdinck continuing to produce a rewarding living on tour and in NEVADA, still commanding a big female pursuing; by this time around, his act highlighted several superstar impressions — not only Jerry Lewis, but Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Julio Iglesias. Compilations of his function were heavily publicized through direct-marketing promotions on American tv, keeping his product sales at a reliable speed; he also re-recorded a lot of his materials in different dialects, assisting maintain his recognition across European countries. He attempted a documenting comeback using the 1987 recording Remember I REALLY LIKE You, which presented a duet with Gloria Gaynor and finished up making him a Golden World Entertainer of the entire year award. The lounge revival from the ’90s helped provide traditional pop and clean crooning back to style, and Humperdinck discovered himself with a fresh hip cachet; he capitalized by documenting “Lesbian Seagull,” a melody for the Beavis and Butt-Head Perform America soundtrack, in 1996. He implemented it using a foray into modern dance-pop, The Dance Record, for the Interhit label in 1998; a fresh edition of “Discharge Me” acquired some success within the dance night clubs. In 2003, the Hip-O label released Definition of Like, a new record featuring standards, rock and roll oldies, and newer pop strikes by famous brands Aerosmith and Robbie Williams. In 2017, Humperdinck released a greatest-hits record to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of his most well-known performance, “Discharge Me.” 50 highlighted 35 from the crooner’s best-loved tracks, and in addition included two fresh recordings, “Adhere to My Heart” and “I Don’t Wish to Contact It Goodbye.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Engelbert Humperdinck
Height 1.86 m
Profession Singer, Businessperson, Real estate entrepreneur
Nationality American, British
Spouse Patricia Healey
Children Louise Dorsey, Scott Dorsey, Bradley Dorsey, Jason Dorsey
Parents Mervyn Dorsey, Olive Dorsey
Music Songs Please Release Me, Am I That Easy to Forget, There Goes My Everything, Last Waltz, After the Loving, The Way It Used to Be, Love Me With All Your Heart, Spanish Eyes, A Man Without Love, Bicyclettes de Belsize, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, I'm A Better Man, Lesbian Seagull, I Can't Stop Loving You, Love Will Set You Free, Wonderland by Night, When There's No You, Shadow of Your Smile, Another Time, Another Place, Free as the Wind, A Time for Us, We Made It Happen, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Let Me Into Your Life, The Spanish Night Is Over, Killing Me Softly With Her Song, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, This Is What You Mean to Me, Red Roses for My Lady, Love Is All, I Wish You Love, On the Wings of a Silverbird
Albums Engelbert Calling, Love Unchained, Greatest Love Songs, Greatest Hits and More, His Greatest Hits, 16 Most Requested Songs, A Night with Engelbert Humperdinck (Live), The Winding Road, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Hello Out There, Engelbert: Totally Amazing, Don't You Love Me Anymore, Greatest Songs, Let There Be Love, Another Time, Another Place, Release Me, Hänsel und Gretel - Die Taschenphilharmonie. Große Musik für kleine Hörer, Engelbert Humperdinck, My Love, Spectacular Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, In Time, Released, Access All Areas - Engelbert Humperdinck Live (Audio Version), We Made It Happen, His Greatest Love Songs, At His Very Best, Best of Romance, Träumen mit Engelbert
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Movies Engelbert Humperdinck: Live, Engelbert Humperdinck: King of Romance, Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady, Engelbert Humperdinck: Live at the London Palladium, Engelbert Humperdinck: Greatest Performances: 1967-1977, Even Angels Fall, Engelbert Humperdinck: Live at Royal Albert Hall, Engelbert Humperdink: Totally Amazing, Hansel and Gretel, Dusty Springfield: Dusty, Hansel & Gretel: Humperdinck: Metropolitan
TV Shows Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady


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#Fact
1 Father of Louise Dorsey.
2 Las Vegas, New Orleans, where he gave his first Fan Appreciation Party attended by Fan Club members only. He personally signed over 200 pictures! [October 2009]
3 He was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 20, 2011.
4 He was awarded a star on Leicester's Walk of Fame in Leicester, England on April 24, 2010.
5 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 23, 1989.
6 Received an honorary degree (Doctor of Music) from the University of Leicester in January 2006.
7 Discovered by his manager, former singer Gordon Mills, after years of obscurity touring and recording as "Gerry Dorsey". Mills founded the MAM record label and also managed Tom Jones, Gilbert O'Sullivan and Lynsey de Paul.
8 Born in Madras, India, but raised in Leicester, England.
9 As a tax exile, he is only permitted to stay in the United Kingdom a maximum of 90 days a year, while the rest of the year he lives in Los Angeles.
10 Is one of the 10 children of Mervyn and Olive Dorsey.
11 Is one of the wealthiest musicians in the business - worth around $100 million dollars.
12 Took his stage name from the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck.
13 He spent his wedding night in a tree house and his bachelor night on a mattress in the front room of Sean Barry-Weske's house in South London.
14 Resides at the former Hollywood mansion of blond bombshell actress Jayne Mansfield, which she and husband Mickey Hargitay extensively remodeled in her favorite color and dubbed "The Pink Palace". The famous heart-shaped swimming pool is still there.
15 He was found to be the father of a 4-year-old girl in 1980 but refuses to see her, although he does pay child support. In 1988, the mother of the girl accused him of having the AIDS virus.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mike & Mike 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rude Tube 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Last Waltz", "Please Release Me"
The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 TV Special performer: "Love Will Set You Free"
Peter 2011 performer: "Last Waltz"
Album 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fly Me to the Moon 3D 2008 performer: "Fly Me To The Moon"
Weeds 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Romance & Cigarettes 2005 performer: "A Man without Love"
Blackpool 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Drakarna över Helsingfors 2001 performer: "Last Waltz"
Gangster No. 1 2000 performer: "Ten Guitars"
The Last Yellow 1999 performer: "A Man without Love", "Walk through This World", "There's a Kind of Hush All over the World"
You're Dead... 1999 performer: "Release Me"
Retroactive 1997 performer: "I CAN'T LIVE A DREAM", "DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL"
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 performer: "After The Loving"
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996 performer: "Lesbian Seagull"
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "Release Me"
De Flip Fluitketel show 1981 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Show 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Good Neighbors 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1973 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Showpalast 2000 TV Series
Sin City Spectacular 1998 TV Series
Oddville, MTV 1997 TV Series Engelbert
Even Angels Fall 1991 TV Movie Kevin
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady 1991 TV Movie Eberhardt Bohm
The Jeffersons 1985 TV Series Engelbert Humperdinck
The Love Boat 1983-1984 TV Series Colin Crawford
Hotel 1984 TV Series Danny Maxwell
Fantasy Island 1984 TV Series Robert Smith
De Flip Fluitketel show 1981 TV Mini-Series
The Special London Bridge Special 1972 TV Movie Royal Guard
Dans de hele nacht met ons 1966 TV Movie Singer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Engelbert Humperdinck: Live 1990 Video documentary executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story 2009 Documentary thanks
Retroactive 1997 the producers and director wish to thank

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series Himself - Co-Host
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1980 TV Series Himself - Vocalist / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Entertainer / ...
The Merv Griffin Show 1979 TV Series Himself
Evening Magazine 1979 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1978 TV Series Himself
Donny and Marie 1978 TV Series Himself
The Captain and Tennille 1977 TV Series Himself
The 4th Annual American Music Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
The Sonny and Cher Show 1977 TV Series Himself
Especial Nochevieja 1974: Feliz año nuevo 1974 TV Movie Himself - Performer
It's Lulu 1971-1973 TV Series Himself
Engelbert with the Young Generation 1972 TV Series Himself - Host
ZDF Werkstatt 1972 TV Series documentary Himself
A Christmas Night with the Stars 1971 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1969-1971 TV Series Himself
The Harry Secombe Show 1971 TV Series Himself - singer
The Jim Nabors Hour 1971 TV Series Himself
Changing Scene III 1971 TV Special Himself - Host
The Bob Hope Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1970 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show 1969-1970 TV Series Himself - Host
Show an Bord 1970 TV Movie Himself - Musician
Laugh-In 1969-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Performer
The Hollywood Palace 1969 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Singer
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
The Liberace Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Liberace Show 1969 TV Series Himself
This Is Tom Jones 1969 TV Series documentary Himself
The Corbett Follies 1969 TV Series Himself - singer
The London Palladium Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
Saturday Stars 1968-1969 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
Frost on Sunday 1968 TV Series Himself
All Systems Freeman 1968 TV Series Himself - Guest Critic / Himself - Singer
Discs a Go-Go 1968 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The Bruce Forsyth Show 1967 TV Series Himself - singer
The Dickie Valentine Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Golden Shot 1967 TV Series Himself - singer
Juke Box Jury 1966-1967 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Malibu U. 1967 TV Series Himself
Europarty 1967 TV Series Himself
Spotlight 1967 TV Series Himself - singer
The Des O'Connor Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1967 TV Series Himself
Swinging London 1967 TV Movie Himself - Singer
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1961-1964 TV Series Himself
The 6:25 Show 1963 TV Series Himself - Performer
Oh Boy! 1959 TV Series Himself - singer
Loose Women 2015 TV Series Himself
Weekend 2014 TV Series Himself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2014 TV Series Himself
The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 TV Special Himself - United Kingdom Entry
The Graham Norton Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Joy of Easy Listening 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Hour 2010 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2009 TV Series Himself
The Dame Edna Treatment 2007 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Mark Lawson Talks to... 2006 TV Series Himself
The Story of Light Entertainment 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 2006 TV Series Himself
Engelbert: Totally Amazing 2006 Himself
Generation Fame 2005 TV Movie Himself
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel 2005 TV Series Himself
Musik für Sie 2005 TV Series Himself
Musikantenstadl 2005 TV Series Himself
Best Ever Ads 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
ITV 50 Greatest Shows 2005 TV Movie Himself
Hell's Kitchen 2004 TV Series Himself
GMTV 2004 TV Series Himself
The Terry and Gaby Show 2004 TV Series Himself
The Wayne Brady Show 2004 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2004 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Squares 2002 TV Series Himself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Mike Baldwin & Me 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Our House 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Airport 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
V.I.P. 2001 TV Series Himself
Never Can Say Goodbye: The Sheena Easton Story 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Live Talk 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Musikbutikken 2000 TV Series Himself
BBC Hall of Fame: Barbara Windsor 2000 TV Special Himself
Stars Sing The Beatles 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer
The Car's the Star 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Owner
E! Mysteries & Scandals 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Chicago Hope 1998 TV Series Himself
Engelbert Humperdinck: King of Romance 1998 Himself
Engelbert Humperdinck: Love Unchained 1997 TV Movie Himself
The Mrs. Merton Show 1997 TV Series Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 1996 TV Series Himself
Howard Stern 1996 TV Series Himself
1996 Billboard Music Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special 1995 TV Movie Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Himself
Surprise Surprise! 1995 TV Series Himself
Live for Peace: A Royal Gala 1995 TV Movie Himself
Clive James 1994 TV Series Himself
Vicki! 1993 TV Series Himself
The Chevy Chase Show 1993 TV Series Himself
Engelbert Humperdinck: Blazing a Silver Trail 1993 Video Himself
One on One with John Tesh 1991 TV Series Himself
Cue the Music 1991 TV Series Himself (1993)
The Joan Rivers Show 1991 TV Series Himself
Engelbert Humperdinck: Live 1990 Video documentary Himself
Chambre à part 1989 Himself
Tag des deutschen Schlagers 1989 1989 TV Movie Himself - Singer
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1973-1988 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Glory Years 1987 TV Movie Himself
Des O'Connor Tonight 1987 TV Series Himself
Kinder - wie die Zeit vergeht: 40 Jahre RIAS 1986 TV Movie Himself - singer (as Engelbert)
Cap d'any a TV3 1985 TV Movie Himself
Engelbert Humperdinck: Spectacular 1985 Video documentary Himself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Live from Her Majesty's 1984 TV Series Himself - singer
Ray Charles: A Man & His Soul 1983 TV Movie Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1981 TV Series Singer
Mike Yarwood in Persons 1980 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Favorite Love Songs 2016 TV Movie Himself
My Music: 60s & 70s Slow Songs 2015 TV Movie Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - episode The Ed Sullivan Show
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself
Typisch van Duin 2006 TV Series Himself
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Himself - Host & Singer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on October 23, 1989 at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1 When I was an utter flop, I kept having the same dream - that all my teeth were falling out. I don't have that dream any more.
2 (Joking with Arsenio Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)) I hate it when they throw their bras at me - their panties. It's such a waste. None of them fit me.

#Trademark
1 Rich baritone voice

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