Multi-platinum legendary British singer and songwriter Arnold George Dorsey MBE, better known as Engelbert Humperdinck, speaks to Headliner about his new album All About Love – which he released to mark his 87th birthday – and shares his most memorable musical moments from his five decades in the business.
When it comes to describing the career of Leicester-born, now USA-residing Engelbert Humperdinck, ‘a life in music’ is simply an understatement. After starting out as a performer in the late 1950s under the name Gerry Dorsey, he later adopted the name of German composer Engelbert Humperdinck as a stage name, and found success after he partnered with manager Gordon Mills in 1965. His recordings of the ballads Release Me and The Last Waltz both topped the UK Singles Chart in 1967, selling more than a million copies each - a feat not to be sniffed at during the height of popular music’s golden era.
Subsequent hits secured him as one of the best-selling artists of the ‘60s in the UK, while the following decade saw him experience significant North American chart success. Having garnered a reputation as a prolific concert performer, Humperdinck embarked on a musical journey that would see him head out on tour nearly every single year for the rest of his life. Many years later, he would even go on to represent the UK at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, which he tells Headliner was “a great honour”.