Humperdinck to light up stage

Issue Number: 
528
Author: 
Valeria Paykova
Published: 
2003-06-06


Engelbert Humperdinck was born in Madras, India, in 1936. His real name is Arnold George Dorsey. Even after 40 years in show business, Humperdinck still remains a relatively obscure name to many. In the mid-1960s he used to be a pop idol and a sex symbol in the eyes of thousands of women. "I don’t take the sex symbol thing seriously. But it’s been in my life for the last 30 years," Humperdinck was quoted as saying.
He was raised with 10 brothers and sisters in Leicester, England.
In 1965, after surviving fighting a severe case of tuberculosis for a year, his manager Gordon Mills suggested that young and unknown Dorsey change his name to Engelbert Humperdinck, taken from the German composer of "Hansel and Gretel."
His 1967 hit "Release Me," broke records and set the stage for his recording career.
Humperdinck has the largest fan club in the world with over 8 million members. He’s won the Golden Globe’s "Entertainer of the Year" award and has received an honorable star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He and his wife of 30 years, Patricia, have four children and two homes in England and Beverly Hills.
It might be a good idea to invite your parents to 67-year-old Humperdinck’s nostalgic performance at Moscow’s Kremlin Palace on June 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. •

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