The Philippine Star
Engelbert Humperdinck returns to Manila
Engelbert Humperdinck, the man behind the hits Release
Me, The Last Waltz, Cuando, Cuando, Cuando, and many more, returns to Manila for a special one-night show on Nov. 12, 8 p.m. at the New Frontier Theater in Araneta City. Part of his The Angel On My Shoulder Tour, fans can likewise expect him to perform his other hits and favorites in the concert, like Crazy, Am I That Easy To Forget, Blue
Spanish Eyes, and many more. Engelbert, known affectionately to fans as the “King of Romance,” has been coming to the Philippines to perform for his fans for years now. His last visit to the country to serenade his fans was for the Asian leg of his 50th Anniversary Tour in 2017 performing in Manila, Pampanga and Laguna.
There is much to be said about Humperdinck’s music and its enduring quality. In a recent interview with The
Guardian, when he was asked what his superpower would be, the English singer and hitmaker replied, “Healing.”
And he is right, music does heal the soul, and through this, Humperdinck has healed many. His music stands the test of time, and at 83, the man still travels the world to bring his brand of therapy to his fans.
Born Arnold George Dorsey in India in 1936, his family moved to Leicester, England when he was 10. He originally wanted to become a saxophone player but as fate would have it, he became a big recording star instead. Humperdinck naturally credits music for where he is now and, speaking to Daily
Mail in UK last year, says his most prized possession is his voice. “It is a gift that’s enabled me to provide for my family and see places I’d only dreamed of,” he told the publication.
In a career spanning more than 50 years, Engelbert has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 23 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 four times and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock and even gospel to charm millions 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.
In the same Daily Mail article, it was clear that a lot of the milestones in his life are tied to music. He told the paper that the event that altered the course of his life was getting a last-minute slot on Sunday Night At The London Palladium in 1967. He said he sang Release Me, which pushed the record to No. 1 and kept the Beatles off the top of the chart then. This was when he said he became a star.
He clarified a misconception about him that he is just a singer, pointing out that he’d done countless musical arrangements, and even joked about being mistaken for an Engelbert impersonator. Levity aside, he mentioned that what drives him is his desire to pay back God for a blessed life and a gift of his voice, adding, “I’m proud to still sing for my supper and I never finish a day without prayer.”
For his many Filipino fans who simply can’t get enough of his music, Engelbert returns next month already — just in time for his fans to give themselves a pre-holiday treat. Tickets to Engelbert Humperdinck: The Angel on my Shoulder Tour, presented by Mr. P Entertainment and World Entertainment Group may already be purchased via TicketNet outlets. Fans may call 8-911-5555 for inquiry or visit www.tickenet.com.ph.