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The British crooner who originally performed under the name Gerry Dorsey didn't become a star until after he began calling himself Engelbert Humperdinck (after the 19th-century classical composer who wrote the opera HANSEL AND GRETEL). Throughout the 1960s and '70s, the younger Humperdinck's manly baritone, photogenic, leading-man image, and romantic balladry made him a bona fide pop star. He scored numerous hits, mostly with grand-scale love ballads such as "Release Me" and "A Man Without Love." Even after the hits stopped coming, though, he never ceased to be a major concert attraction. And unlike many of his contemporaries his voice became richer with age, and his style more soulful, so that he earned a Grammy nomination for his 2003 gospel album ALWAYS HEAR THE HARMONY.

As the butt of innumerable grade-school jokes and generally considered the cheesiest of all pop music cheese-brokers, Engelbert Humperdinck's incredible, seemingly unstoppable popularity among women of a certain, uh, advanced age is something of a marvel. It could be the rough-hewn looks and tight pants but more likely what draws the crowds is Humperdinck's singular voice and natural talent for performing. With a vocal range perfectly suited to his material (the best of which has always been slicked-up versions of country ballads), this velvet-tonsiled Big and Tall preferred customer is well aware of his kitsch status, and he embraces it con gusto, paradoxically making him one of the more unaffected performers in the MOR milieu. Laugh all you want, but Humperdinck has been selling out concerts for some thirty years now and his fan club is the largest in the world, topping them all with a staggering eight million registered members. As they say, eight million fans can't be wrong.
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When he was seventeen, Engelbert found himself playing at a pub that sponsored a singing contest. Goaded by his friends to enter, he put down his sax and for the first time revealed another vocal talent: impersonations. Arnold George Dorsey gave the worlds finest impersonation of Jerry Lewis- Jerry Lewis still thinks so-and was quickly dubbed Gerry Dorsey by his fans. It became his professional stage name. Furthermore, he never picked up the sax again. To this day, Engelbert continues to include a bit with impersonations in his shows as reference to how he got started.

Gerry Dorsey was very popular on the UK music circuit until he contracted tuberculosis, which silenced him for six months and nearly snuffed out his rising star. Many people assumed his career was finished. Upon regaining his health, Gerry Dorsey knew he had to bury his old, somewhat tainted image to make a comeback as a strong, dynamic performer, still tall, dark handsome and somewhat mysterious. His manager suggested the new name Engelbert Humperdinck. It was just outrageous enough to be memorable. It would take a man with a secure self-image and sense of humor to pull it off. And thus was born the soon-to-be legend, Engelbert Humperdinck.

Few people realize that it was Humperdinck, not Elvis, who made famous the sideburns and flamboyant leather jumpsuits. Engelbert often jokingly asserts that Elvis "stole" the image from him. Nevertheless, the two legends often performed one another's songs, and enjoyed a lasting friendship until Elvis' death. Humperdinck has always enjoyed a healthy rivalry with Tom Jones, and the two actually partnered for ten years and shared a manager for many, many more. Humperdinck eventually parted company with the manager to employ his own son in the same capacity.

Romance serves as the core of Engelbert Humperdinck's music and lasting success. He knows how to pick songs with eternal themes of love and longing, and lovers always want to hear them sung. Whether he sings a sweeping exultation of happiness or a weeping lament of love lost, the reigning Rex of Romance pour his honeyed, mellow voice over each note, coating it with the same passion as a suitor imploring his lover for one more moment of bliss.
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