It was 40 years ago that the American public became aware of a singer with the unusual name of Engelbert Humperdinck.
Born Arnold George Dorsey in Madras, India, the son of a British engineer and the youngest boy in a family of 10 children, Engelbert moved to England at the age of ten. Growing up, he had a passion for the saxophone and wanted to be a bandleader. He scrimped and saved his paper route money for weekly saxophone lesions. But, things went in a different direction and at age 17, he sang on s public stage for the first time.
Once called "the premier voice of the 20th century" by the London Times, the multiple Grammy nominee with ultra-smooth three and one half octave range and natural charisma has sold over 150 million records worldwide, including 64 gold and 24 platinum albums. It was 40 years ago that Engelbert first hit the charts with his smash hit Release Me (And Let Me Love Again). The song went to #1 in eleven countries and it was so big in the United Kingdom that it managed to prevent The Beatles' two-sided hit Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever from reaching the top of the charts.
The next decade brought such hits as After the Lovin', Winter World of Love, Am I That Easy To Forget, The Last Waltz, There Goes My Everything, This Moment in Time, Til You And Your Lover are Lovers Again and A Man Without Love. Engelbert has now recorded almost 80 albums including many multi-language versions.
Engelbert has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, several Presidents and many heads of state. In 1978 he received a Georgie Award from the American Guild of Variety Artists recognizing him as Entertainer of the Year. In 1988, his performance of One World was seen by over 5 billion people around the globe kicking off the festivities at the Seoul Summer Olympics.
Engelbert received his second Grammy nomination for the 2003 album Always Hear The Harmony. The following year, his autobiography Engelbert: What's In A Name? made its way onto the best-seller lists giving readers an intimate look at not only his career and family, but the eventful life he has led as well.
Engelbert remains the consummate global entertainer with unequaled style and sophistication. His popularity crosses every generation and gender. His fan club is one of the largest in the world, with 250 active chapters.
Engelbert's last project and to celebrate his 40th anniversary is the release of a new CD entitled, The Winding Road.