Legendary romantic balladeer Engelbert Humperdinck is set to serenade audiences at The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Thursday, September 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 12 at 8 a.m.
His name comes from the 19th century Austrian composer who wrote “Hansel & Gretel.” His voice comes from heaven and he has been a legend in the international music industry for the last 40 plus years, with over 150 million records sold.
Engelbert Humperdinck’s remarkable romantic voice and extraordinary talent has endeared him to millions of fans around the globe. He’s received four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for “Entertainer of the Year” (1988), 63 gold records, 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Engelbert Humperdinck came into this world as Arnold George Dorsey, one of 10 siblings. His father served in the British military, and his mother taught violin and had an operatic voice. At the age of 11, Arnold George Dorsey began to study saxophone. At 17, he put down his sax and for the first time revealed another vocal talent: impersonations. Dorsey gave the world’s finest impersonation of Jerry Lewis (according to Lewis) and was quickly dubbed “Gerry” Dorsey by his fans. It became his professional stage name.
Gerry Dorsey was very popular on the UK music circuit until he contracted tuberculosis, which silenced him for six months and nearly snuffed out his rising star. Many people assumed his career was finished.
Upon regaining his health, Gerry Dorsey knew he had to bury his old, somewhat tainted image to make a comeback as a strong, dynamic performer, still tall, dark handsome and somewhat mysterious. His manager suggested the new name Engelbert Humperdinck. It was just outrageous enough to be memorable. It would take a man with a secure self-image and sense of humor to pull it off. And thus was born the soon-to-be legend, Engelbert Humperdinck.
Few people realize that it was Humperdinck, not Elvis, who made famous the sideburns and flamboyant leather jumpsuits. Engelbert often jokingly asserts that Elvis “stole” the image from him. Nevertheless, the two legends often performed one another’s songs and enjoyed a lasting friendship until Elvis’ death. Humperdinck has always enjoyed a healthy rivalry with Tom Jones, and the two actually partnered for 10 years and shared a manager for many more.
In 1999 he recorded The Dance Album as his first album in the dance genre. It featured newly recorded dance versions of six of Engelbert’s greatest hits, along with five original songs. Favorites such as “Quando, Quando, Quando” and “Release Me” were set to an infectious dance beat by dance producer/ remixers Chris Cox and Barry Harris, known collectively as Thunderpuss 2000.
Humperdinck 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.
Humperdinck is currently recording a new CD with Grammy award-winning producer Martin Terefe (Train, Jason Mraz, James Morrison, Beverly Knight) with “a lot of fantastic young, hip and surprising collaborations.” To learn more about Engelbert Humperdinck, log on to www.engelbert.com.
Tickets are $45, $55 and $65 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com. *Additional fees may apply.