Engelbert Humperdinck -- Where Is He? What Is He Doing Now?
Where In the World Is Engelbert Humperdinck?
Not having heard of Engelbert Humperdink in years, I wondered what ever became of him. I thought other people might be wondering too, so I decided to see what I could find out -- and I found some things that surprised me.
I thought Enge might be somewhere on a beach with his feet up enjoying the fruits of his years of entertaining, but not so. The man says performing is not a job, but a way of life and that he enjoys that way of life too much to give it up. Not many people still have such a strong controllable voice at nearly 80 years of age as Enge continues to have.
At 80 years old, Engelbert Humperdinck is still performing around the world. He is scheduled for 8 concerts here in the states between August 5 and November 4, 2016. If you are a fan be sure to check his schedule to see if he will be performing near you.
Engelbert owns a mansion in Liecester England and a home in California, so part of the time he is right here in the United States.
Who would have thought a man that is one of the biggest sex symbols of all time would have a marriage that is celebratjng fifty years? Enge, (rhymes with Stone HENGE), as he prefers to be called, married his first and only wife, Patricia Healey, on April 18, 1964. Yes, and he admits to more than a thousand ‘flings’’ and his wife knows about them, and still their marriage has held up all these many years. Not without a few ups and downs, however, as both he and his wife readily admit.
Engelbert and Patricia have 4 grown children and 9 grandchildren. One of their children has been Enge’s manager for a few years now.
At 78 years young, Engelbert Humperdinck is still wowing women of all ages. At 6 feet 1 inch with a broad chest and a strong voice, he is still an impressive figure on the stage performing all around the world, all over the United States, and often in Las Vegas.
Even Michael Jackson, who invented the moonwalk, couldn't do it like Engelbert.
Live at the Riviera in Las Vegas
Engelbert’s Debut Into This World
Arnold George Dorcey (Enge’s given name) was born the 9th child of Mervyn Dorcey, who was a British Army Officer, and Olive Dorcey, on May 2, 1936. Arnold and his family moved back to England from Madras, India where he was born, when he was 10 years old. Arnold was the only one in his family who went into show business starting when he was just 17.
In 1965, Engelbert’s manager, Gordon Mills, who was also managing Tom Jones at the time, changed Arnold Dorcey’s name to Engelbert Humperdinck. The name originally belonged to a 19th century German opera composer who is best remembered for his opera Hånsel and Gretel. Engelbert eventually (late 90s) fired this manager and his son Scott Dorcey has been his manager ever since.
After a while Enge legally changed his name to Engelbert Humperdinck, but even so, the German government forbids him to use that name when he performs there, and so he must go by his first name only when performing in Germany.
Engelbert With His Wall Covered With Gold & Platinum Records
Engelbert's Break Into Show Bussines
The Title Speaks for Itself. An Essential Addition to Your Collection
Engelbert’s First Big Break
In 1967 Engelbert had his first big worldwide hit “Release Me,” which he performed to huge enthusiastic crowds and millions of copies were sold.
Michael Hodges writing for MailOnline March 22, 2014 reports, “An international sensation after appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show (‘A nice man but he [Sullivan] introduced me as Engeldinck Humperbert’), Humperdinck moved to the U.S., where his success as a British solo star would be matched only by Tom Jones.”
I had to include the above quote because I simply cannot stop laughing about that introduction by legend Ed Sullivan. It does not seem to have harmed Engelbert’s career in the least for he has sold over 150 MILLION records over the past 45 years or so. He has had 63 gold, and 24 platinum records. He is rumored to be worth as much as 180 million dollars. Be honest. If you were Enge’s wife and primary heir, would you not forgive him a few hundred dalliances or so?
Surprisingly, after all these years, women still launch their undies at him from their audience seats, and some have actually forced their way onto stage. In one case a woman bit Engelbert, though it was not disclosed where she bit him or if she drew blood.
Engelbert still performs his first hit song ‘Release Me’ at every show, because it is his Signature song, and the one most people request.
Love Engelbert’s voice and have been a fan of his music for quite a while. Wish I could attend one of his many concerts that will take place over the next few months here in the states. If you are someone who would like to do that, get your tickets soon, because they are selling out fast.
Engelbert's First Big Hit -- Release Me, and he is at his best in this music video. You don't want to miss this one!
My Personal Favorite Engelbert Hit
Engelbert Developed a Sense of Humor and His Moonwalk Is Nothing Short of Amazing!
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