Where In the World Is Engelbert Humperdinck?
Not having heard of Engelbert Humperdinck 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 86 years of age as Enge continues to have.
At 86 years old, Engelbert Humperdinck is still performing around the world. He has performed at several concerts this year already and is scheduled for several more. Two concerts are scheduled in mid September 2022, and 5 more in October. 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 Leicester 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 more than fifty-six 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.
Though now 86 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.
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 lived in Madras, India when he was born, but moved back to England 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 1990s) 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.” He performed that popular song for 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 was 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 50 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.
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!
Las Vegas Sun
© 2014 C E Clark
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 09, 2018:
Audrey Hunt, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 04, 2018:
This great voice and entertainer was a favorite of both me and my mother. Your tribute to Enge is well done and the video and photos are very enjoyable.
The voice doesn't have to age as we grow older...providing we continue exercising and using it. The biggest problem that older singers face is "vibrato." (The oscillation of tone.) Vibrato needs more control as we age.
Love this hub!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 05, 2017:
Thank you Shyron, for coming by and for publishing your poem for the first time in my comments section! :) Have recently updated this article but I really need to add in all the info I have on his family, etc. Just need more time in the day.
Hope everyone is doing well at your house. Take care, dear friend . . .
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 03, 2017:
The ravages of time
Will expose every line
Even tucks nipped are sure to define
The vanity of women and men
When with age they start to decline
The above is a verse from a poem I wrote some time ago but have yet to publish.
I hope Eng is still going strong.
I hope all is well with you
Blessings my dear friend
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 27, 2017:
Shyron, thank you for stopping by! I've always thought those nips and tucks will have a higher price than the upfront payments. As our body ages and changes those nips and tucks turn into ugly scars that pull and sometimes twist and really become hideous, requiring still more surgery. A difficult agenda, but I really think it would be more practical and sensible for people to simply learn to deal with reality.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 20, 2017:
Au fait, I just saw Dolly Parton last night, and you are right Father Time is not kind to anyone.
Hope all is well with you.
Blessings and Hugs always dear friend
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 06, 2017:
Yes Bobby, Enge will be 81 years old on his birthday May 2, this year. He is still performing. Time is not kind to anyone, although money can sometimes make up for the years, paying for nips and tucks.
Know Tom Jones is still performing and will be 77 on his birthday this year June 7.
Take care of yourself xxx
diogenes from UK and Mexico on March 06, 2017:
Hi sweetiepie: That video was from 1974? Jeepers, Enge looked oldish then! I suppose he is close to eighty now. Still performing I believe, as is Tom Jones at 76 and has just remarried...
Kiss from Bob
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 06, 2017:
Bobby! Good to see you. Hope everything is going well there. Glad the budgies like 'him.' Not sure if you meant Springsteen or Enge?
Glad you stopped by. Hope you are staying well . . . xxx
diogenes on February 17, 2017:
Englebert there; Springsteen here on BBC4, his 1980 The River tour. I don't mind him, at least he tried to get some honesty in his songs, but he is better sitting quietly!
The budgies like him
How are ya sweetie??
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 17, 2017:
Shyron, thank you for coming by. Yes, Enge had quite a voice and he was one of my favorites even when I was only 14. He's developed quite a sense of humor over the years. He always seemed quiet and shy when he first started out.
I'm enjoying the colder weather because I know it won't be long and I will wish I could have 30º instead of 90. You can always put on more clothes or blankets, but there is a limit to how many you can remove ;).
Hope all is well there. Take care . . .
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 15, 2017:
Saw some old videos of Enge, early today, what a singer.
Hope you are staying warm and dry.
Blessings and hugs dear friend.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 27, 2016:
Shyron, thank you for checking out the new video I added. The drool factor is very high. Glad you enjoyed it!
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 17, 2016:
Au fait, that was great I am glad you added the video, all I can say is wow! You are right about the drool.
Got to run, make breakfast and cut the ever growing blasted grass.
Blessings and hugs.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 20, 2016:
Quicksand, thanks for coming by and reminding me that I need to update this article.
quicksand on May 16, 2016:
He'll be performing in Singapore from 14th to 16th July.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 16, 2016:
Peggy W., thank you for stopping by and for sharing this article again! Hope all is well there.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 10, 2016:
ValKaras, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
ValKaras on March 05, 2016:
Hi, Au Fait - Another enjoyable hub you wrote. Being an old-timer like him, I connect many wonderful memories to the voice of this exceptionally talented man. By the way, he beat me by 8 months with his wedding date. I married my teenage sweetheart with whom I still enjoy listening to Engelbert, when my romantic heart is not too busy with Julio Iglesias. And my wife has no sins to forgive - which would be hard, because I don't have those millions to make it easy.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 01, 2016:
Thought you would like to know that this hub of yours has been pinned from my board. Always fun to see how those shares do indeed work! Sharing again!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 09, 2016:
Thank you Bobby, for your high praise and for reading and sharing your stories. Yes, I know spiders are usually good and useful and I have even been known to keep some of the smaller ones for pets. But when they're bigger than a charger beneath a dinner plate, well . . .
Hope you are well, Bobby. You are always in my heart . . . xox
diogenes from UK and Mexico on February 06, 2016:
Hi Misty: I must have missed this. Enge had a motel in La Paz Baja when I lived there and the manager, Max and his French wife were friends from 'Vegas and Max was a doorman at Ceasars I think - one of the casinos anyway where Enge appeared regularly. I missed him every time he came there in the 1990's with his tribe of kids and he has got rid of the place I heard. Max an alki) is probably dead...A connection to the famous; I loved him, too. Sexy beast! and a marvellous family man...what a catch!!
I also reread you excellent spider article...my balliwick as you know. I just did a new one on the Madeira Wolf Spider...world's largest
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 03, 2015:
Reynold Jay, thank you for commenting on this article. Yes, at 79 years of age (born May 2, 1936), Enge is still performing and I have one of his more recent videos posted here. Glad you like this article!
Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on July 02, 2015:
I love Englebert's lush recordings. When I relax most often I listen to him more than most others. I remember a broadcast a few years back where he is quite old, but as good as ever. As a profession mobile DJ, "Release me" and "After the Loving" had to be one of the first ten songs to play or the crowds would have lynched me! I am back at Hubs now after 2 years of working on my Wurtherington Diary Children's series--gotta promote my stuff! Well done article Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAV
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 01, 2015:
Patricia (pstraubie48), thank you for visiting and commenting and for the votes. I think guys on his financial level expect their wives will put up with anything to keep the money flowing and so they are less inclined to turn anything down or to try to hide their escapades.
Thank you again for the angels. I think they were here las' night. Take care . . .
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 30, 2015:
Wow...he will probably go out with a song on his lips. All of this activity is probably what keeps him going.
And to answer your question AuFait I would be a bit of a fibber if I did not say that the money might just tempt me to turn a blind eye to his straying.
Angels are headed your way...hope all is good with you...
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 29, 2015:
Besarien, thank you for commenting. Glad you enjoyed!
Besarien from South Florida on April 29, 2015:
Who knew he moonwalked? I really liked "How I Love You." He put so much heart into it. Thanks for the Enge update! I am glad to know he is doing what he loves.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 04, 2015:
marscloseupdotcom, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article. I like all those groups you mentioned and even remember seeing Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show the first time he appeared. That was a big deal. Saw the Beatles there for their first performance in this country too.
You should write about music. Sounds like you know a lot about it and it's your first love?
Thank you for your high praise also. I'll have a hard time getting my head through the door when I leave here at closing time (library).
marscloseupdotcom on April 02, 2015:
I live to perform (finger style guitarist) for decades. But fame nor money went the same direction as it did Englebert :) I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I am very new here at this site and what a treat for me to experience such talent for writing and sharing of passions. The biggest influence I think in my life were great pop singers such as Elvis, Beatles, The Moody Blues etc. And after hearing your presented videos and writings of Englebert, now I have to add him to my list of all time favorites. I really enjoyed every second of all those videos and the text too! They both went hand in hand quite well indeed! Those video pieces are so large in musical fullness, bass, backup singers, drummers, the works actually. It is very difficult to achieve such a large sound as does Englebert embrace and put it into solo guitar. But sometimes I really try. But when their that powerful and emotional and just oozing such passion and romance. I just have to bow my head in humbleness of what Englebert achieved musically! Thanks for sharing!
Again, the music videos and the writing went hand in hand perfectly!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 02, 2015:
New Horizons, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. So glad you enjoyed it!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 31, 2015:
Peggy W, thank you for the share. So glad you enjoy this hub!
Joseph Attard from Gozo, Malta, EU. on March 30, 2015:
I love all his songs and his voice most of all, but never knew how handsome he is too........ Thankyou Au Fait.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 29, 2015:
I always enjoyed Engelbert Humperdinck's voice and his choice of songs. Sharing once again and thanks for the memories this hub prompted.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 27, 2015:
Shyron, thank you for coming by. Glad you enjoy this article and the photos! Blessings and all the very best of everything to you also . . .
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 27, 2015:
I thank you for writing this, I am back to look at Enge's handsome face.
I was listening to Patsy Cline on TV and thought of this article, so here I am.
Take Care, Blessings and Hugs. Hope all is well with you.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 23, 2015:
DeborahDian, thank you for reading and voting on and sharing this article! So glad you enjoyed it!!
Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on March 21, 2015:
It is so amazing to hear that Englebert Humperdinck is still performing at 78 years old! My husband still works at age 70, but what he does is not nearly as physically demanding as performing on stage. Voted up and shared!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 20, 2015:
Mary (Tillsontitan), thank you for reading and commenting on this article, and for the votes. So glad you enjoyed!
Mary Craig from New York on March 20, 2015:
Memories are made of this. I'm so glad you were curious about what happened to him and decided to write this delightful hub. You've included some fun tidbits that made this all the more fun to read.
Knowing about good old Ed Sullivan's mispronunciation was a whoot. I agree, his wife was a smart lady for sure. He is definitely a talented man with a beautiful voice.
Voted up, useful, and interesting.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 11, 2015:
Ezzly, thank you for reading, voting on, and tweeting this article! So glad you enjoyed it!!
ezzly on March 10, 2015:
This is such an interesting hub! I studied music in school and he was one of the musicians we studied! Sharing this on twitter and voted up
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 04, 2014:
vespawoolf, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I didn't know there was anyone over 30 who didn't know who Engelbert is. I doubt his wife knew what she was in for in the beginning, but I'm sure she took inventory at some point and decided to put up with it. I believe Enge is 'European' in his outlook. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 27, 2014:
I´ve heard of this singer but didn´t know much about him. What an interesting life, and still singing. His wife must have known what she wanted and what she was willing to put up with before she married him!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 14, 2014:
Shyron, so glad you enjoy this article! Thank you for visiting and for the votes, and share. Blessings to you also.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 11, 2014:
Paul Kuehn, thank you for reading and commenting on this article and for the votes and shares. Glad you've come back!
Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on November 10, 2014:
&Aufait This is another excellent well-researched hub on a great British singer that I remember from the 60s. I especially liked the hit, "Please Release Me." I preferred Tom Jones, but Engelbert did give Jones a run for the money. I will be spending more time hubbing now until I get paid by Bubblews. You definitely made the correct decision in not devoting your efforts to that site. Voted up as outstanding and very interesting. I am sharing this on Facebook and with my HP followers.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 10, 2014:
I have to come back every once in a while just to look at the handsome man in the photo.
Enge is such a good looking man. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and sharing.
Blessings to you my dear friend.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 18, 2014:
DeborahDian, thank you for visiting this article. I happened to think about Enge one day and started wondering what he was doing, and that is where how this article came to be. He did have a great voice, and at age 53 he was drop dead gorgeous!
Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on October 12, 2014:
Fascinating! I don't think I even knew that Engelbert Humperdinck was still alive. I love his music.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 04, 2014:
fpherj48, thank you for coming back to Enge the once over again!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 30, 2014:
Shyron, thank you for stopping by, for the votes and the share. Hope all is well with you and John. Blessings to you also.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 28, 2014:
Peggy W, thank you for G+ing and tweeting this article!
Suzie from Carson City on September 26, 2014:
Had to circle back around...just to comment......Whoa....that photo of Englebert. He certainly was one damned good-looking stud muffin in his hay day!! Great singer too. Nice combo.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 25, 2014:
I just came back to look at Egng"s handsome face again.
Voted uo, ABI and shared
Have blessed day. TTYL
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2014:
Came back to let you know that I will happily G+ and tweet this hub of yours.