With the announcement that Engelbert Humperdinck is to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision contest, we offer our readers a look back at his 45-year career.
Born Arnold George Dorsey, the 75 year old Humperdinck has been a heavyweight in the international music industry for over forty-five years, and has sold over 150 million records worldwide.
His songs include everything from romantic ballads to finger-tapping up tempo hits. His 1967 recording of Release Me kept the Beatles out of the number one slot.
Major rock ‘n’ roll acts, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out as opening acts for Humperdinck in the late ‘60s, ‘70s and ’80s.
In the 60’s he had his own TV show which ran for 18 episodes on ITV.
Awards include four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of the Year, 63 gold and 24 platinum records and he is one of only a handful of artists with a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Las Vegas Walk of Fame.
In the past few years, he has joined an elite group of musical artists, such as Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach, who have crossed over successfully to strike a new chord with a younger generation in addition to their core audiences.
He has appeared on several MTV programmes, including two appearances on MTV Beach House, Chilling with the Weaze and Oddville and even sang the platinum-selling theme song “Lesbian Seagull” for the latest Beavis and Butthead movie.
He has been especially popular in Europe with many of his singles reaching the top 10 in charts in Germany, Holland and Norway.
Humperdinck is currently recording a brand new album with Grammy award winning producer Martin Terefe (Train, Jason Mraz, James Morrison, Beverly Knight) and writer Dan Wilson (Adele, Semisonic) with surprising contemporary collaborations.
Terefe is to co-write and produce this year’s Eurovision entry.