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En­gel­bert Humperdinc­k re­turns to Manila

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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.tick­

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En­gel­bert will have a show on Nov. 12 at the New Fron­tier The­ater

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