Doors: 7:00PM Show: 8:00pm
This show has been rescheduled to 1/9/21, your tickets from the 3/28/20 show will be honored
Engelbert Humperdinck never wanted to be a singer. A career in music, yes, but he was extraordinarily shy. The youngest boy of a family of ten children originally from Leicester, England, he grew up in Madras India, where his father was stationed during World War II. Engelbert’s childhood was dominated by the love of his parents and his brothers and sisters. He knew he could sing harmonies, but the power of his own voice came as a surprise to him and other people. “It’s just so loud, but I discovered I can be tender with it at the same time.”
Like all great icons, he is a man of great depth — masculine and loving, shy inside and uninhibited onstage, prepare to play the sex god to the hilt and still, at this stage of his career, manage to get away with it. “My mother’s side of the family has the singing voice so I must have inherited that from her. My father was a man’s man — strong athletic, charismatic. And I like to do all kind of men things. I love sports, golf, tennis, martial arts, soccer, skiing, but at the same time, yes I do appreciate women.
In a career spanning over 50 years, Engelbert has generated sales in excess of 160 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Las Vegas Walk of Fame. He has performed for the Queen of England four times, several presidents and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock and gospel. His unique voice has charmed billons of fans around the globe. However it’s not just the voice but the man himself, with his endearing sense of humor and self-deprecating jokes. Engelbert has managed to strike a new chord with a younger generation after appearing on MTV several times.
Engelbert entered the world as Arnold George Dorsey. At the age of 11 he started studying music and playing the saxophone. When he was 17, Englebert found himself playing at a pub that sponsored a singing contest. Goaded by his friends to enter, he put down his sax and for the first time revealed another vocal talent: impersonation. Arnold George Dorsey gave an incredible imprecation of comedian, Jerry Lewis, and was quickly dubbed Gerry Dorsey by his fans. It soon became his first professional stage name.
Gerry Dorsey was very popular on the UK music circuit and in 1959 he released a single called “Crazybells/Mister Music Man” on Decca Records. However, he contracted tuberculosis, which silenced him for six months and nearly ended his rising musical career. Upon regaining his health, Gerry Dorsey knew he had to end his former image to make a comeback as a strong and dynamic performer. A former manager suggested the new name, Engelbert Humperdinck, taken from the Austrian composer who had written Hansel and Gretel. It was outrageous enough to be memorable. Thus was born the soon-to-be-legend, Engelbert Humperdinck.
Engelbert exploded onto the music scene in the sixties alongside The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The shy, handsome boy catapulted almost instantly to world icon. He became great friends with Elvis Presley, and the two legends often performed each other’s songs. His first single to hit the charts was, “Release Me,” which went into the Guinness Book of World Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks, the number was No.1 in 11 countries, and the song was re-released and used for a national UK television commercial.
The following decades have seen Engelbert touring the world to sold-out crowds from Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Austria, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Hawaii, Indonesia, and the US. In 2020 he will add the UK, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Belgium and Scotland.
Some of his best known songs are “Release Me”, “The Last Waltz”, “After the Lovin’”, “This Moment in Time”, “A Man Without Love”, among others. His song, “Ten Guitars” became the unofficial anthem in New Zealand.
Over the past two years he has broken record by having Universal Music release an 11 CD box-set of his original Decca Studio Album, a 2 CD set, plus his independent album, “The Man I Want To Be’, and a holiday album, “Warmest Christmas Wishes.” He is constantly recording and spending time at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
Engelbert’s music has transcended time and his voice still continues to reach out to people now – serving to transport and inspire, to embrace and to provoke feelings and emotions… ingredients that are no doubt the essence of his long-lasting success.