Engelbert Humperdinck: A Legendary Voice in Pop Music
Engelbert Humperdinck is a British singer who has been performing professionally since 1967. He is best known for his romantic ballads and his distinctive voice that spans three and a half octaves. He has sold over 140 million records worldwide and has received four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has also been honored by several royal families and heads of state for his contributions to music and charity.
In this article, we will explore his discography from 1967 to 2009, which includes more than 80 albums and hundreds of singles. We will highlight some of his most popular and acclaimed songs, as well as some of his collaborations with other artists. We will also provide some links to his official website and other sources where you can find more information about him and his music.
The Early Years: 1967-1970
Engelbert Humperdinck was born Arnold George Dorsey in Madras, India, on May 2, 1936. He moved to the UK with his family after World War II and started singing at an early age. He adopted the stage name Gerry Dorsey and toured as a pop singer in the late 1950s and early 1960s. However, he did not achieve much success until he changed his name again to Engelbert Humperdinck, after a 19th-century German opera composer.
His breakthrough came in 1967, when he released his first album, Release Me, which featured the title track that became a worldwide hit and prevented The Beatles' Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever from reaching number one in the UK. The album also included other songs that became classics, such as There Goes My Everything, Ten Guitars, and Il Mondo. The album reached number seven in the UK and number 14 in the US.
Later that year, he released his second album, The Last Waltz, which contained another smash hit with the same name. The song was written by Les Reed and Barry Mason, who would become his frequent collaborators throughout his career. The album also featured covers of songs by Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, and Tom Jones. The album reached number 10 in the UK and number 25 in the US.
In 1968, he released his third album, A Man Without Love, which was another success. The title track was a cover of an Italian song by Sergio Endrigo and became one of his signature songs. The album also included covers of songs by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. The album reached number 12 in the UK and number three in Australia.
In 1969, he released two albums: Engelbert and Engelbert Humperdinck. The former contained songs such as The Way It Used to Be, I'm a Better Man, and Gentle on My Mind. The latter contained songs such as Winter World of Love, A Time for Us, and I'm Coming Home. Both albums reached number three in the UK and number five in Australia.
In 1970, he released another album, We Made It Happen, which included songs such as Sweetheart, My Marie, and Something. The album reached number 19 in the UK and number 20 in Australia.
The Peak Years: 1971-1980
In 1971, he released two albums: Sweetheart and Another Time, Another Place. The former contained songs such as (They Long to Be) Close to You, I Don't Know How to Say Goodbye, and a474f39169