Englebert Humperdinck


Born in India, Arnold Dorsey moved to Leicester in the United Kingdom as a child and remained there for the remainder of his youth; beginning his career as a music act in his teens Dorsey began playing the saxophone in nightclubs and did not make his attempt at singing until he was seventeen.

In the mid-1960’s, after serving his national service and battling through tuberculosis, Dorsey took the stage name Englebert Humperdinck, after the 19th Century German composer, and launched his solo artist career.

Englebert Humperdinck gained his first big success as a solo artist in 1967 when the single Release Me reached number one in the UK charts and into the top ten in America. Having already enjoyed success in Belgium and Germany Humperdinck’s British and American solo artist success sustained throughout the 1960’s with the release of singles such as A Man Without Love, Am I That Easy to Forget?, and The Last Waltz.

Humperdinck was hugely popular amongst his female fans, who called themselves the Humperdinckers, and is known for having fans that span multiple generations. Throughout the 1970’s Englebert Humperdinck worked with some of the most successful music acts of the time, recording songs written by Paul Anka and Barry and Maurice Gibb, he was nominated for a Grammy award and gained both gold and double platinum discs.

In the late 1970’s and into the 80’s Humperdinck began performing regularly in Las Vegas, playing sell out shows to large crowds at some of the city’s most impressive venues, he also continued to tour the globe and produce albums. During this period he recorded a hit single with Gloria Gaynor and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work as a solo artist.

The 1990’s revival of the lounge scene saw a return to the charts for Englebert Humperdinck, the spoof single Lesbian Seagull, which he recorded for the Beavis and Butthead movie soundtrack was a success in 1996 and his 1998 album Love Unchained reached the UK top 20. He was awarded a Golden Globe and continued to tour as a solo artist, playing as many as 200 shows a year.

Now well into his 70’s Englebert Humperdinck is still one of the most famous solo artists in the UK, he continues to appear as a music act on radio and television, releasing albums and performing live at a variety of high end clubs and venues.

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