With more than 150 million records sold, Engelbert Humperdinck is a living legend, who has ruled the world of pop music for more than four decades. His repertoire includes almost everything from romantic ballads to the newest track for the movie Beavis and Butthead. Rising to the zenith of stardom in mid sixties with hits like “Am I That Easy to Forget?” and “Release Me”, Humperdinck cemented himself as the indisputable king of pop. Now in his seventies Engelbert Humperdinck has 24 platinum records, 63 gold records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Renowned for smash hits like “After the Lovin” and “Too Beautiful to Last”, the pop star shows no signs of slowing down. He is currently wrapping up his recordings of a duets album with Sir Elton John, Willie Nelson, Neil Sedaka, Kenny Rogers, Gene Simmons and Smokey Robinson. Engelbert Humperdinck tickets are as popularly demanded as they used to be in his early years, which prove the timeless beauty of Humperdinck’s music.
The Beginning of a New Chapter
Engelbert Humperdinck was born ‘Arnold George Dorsey’. A born musician Engelbert Humperdinck had profound love for music from a very young age. His first practical step towards music was learning saxophone, which ultimately lead him to his chosen path. By the early fifties, Humperdinck was playing saxophone in nightclubs, but by then his singing talent was not discovered. At the age of seventeen he was performing at a pub that sponsored a singing contest. Encouraged by his friends to enter the competition Humperdinck revealed his exceptional vocal talent for the first time. His impersonation of Jerry Lewis earned him the stage name of Gerry Dorsey and took him to the line of singing.
Rebirth of the Star
When his was doing good in his career, Engelbert Humperdinck contracted tuberculosis and was unable to continue singing for a while. Fans were disappointed and many people thought that it was the end of what could have been an extraordinary career. But Engelbert Humperdinck thought otherwise. After regaining his health, Humperdinck knew that he has to make a stronger come back. His manager suggested the new name for the talented singer which was distinctive enough to be remembered. Before that he was still Dorsey. Gerry Dorsey assumed the new name of Engelbert Humperdinck and came back twice as strong and thrice as dynamic as before. The same tall, dark and handsome guy, with renewed passion and resolve was now on his way to become a legend.
His Music and Popularity
Very few people realize that it was not Elvis but Engelbert Humperdinck who was the inspiration behind the trend of sideburns and ostentatious leather jumpsuits. Humperdinck often made this joke that Elvis stole his image but regardless the two legends often performed at each other’s songs and maintained a hearty friendship until Elvis’ death. On the rivalry front however, Tom Jones proved a worthy opponent to Engelbert Humperdinck and the two actually performed in partnership for a decade and shared a manager for even longer. Engelbert Humperdinck also had some of the most significant names in Rock & Roll opening concerts for him, including The Carpenters and Jimi Hendrix. Sixties, seventies and eighties decades saw the heights of Humperdinck’s career. He was the indisputable king of pop during that time. There might have been many more pop and rock stars now but still there is no match for the extraordinary music talent he had. Despite the fact that Engelbert Humperdinck did not associate himself with modern acts in the industry, he still has his identity, fan following and popularity intact. Engelbert Humperdinck’s latest album of duets is scheduled to release in October this year. His fans are impatiently waiting to hear what their favorite star now has in store for them.