Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Engelbert Humperdinck Legacy of Love World Tour comes to Resorts World Genting, Malaysia

Pixs of Engelbert's performance @ Arena of Stars, Genting in 2005

By Anthony Tan

Evergreen ballad entertainer Engelbert Humperdinck, who recently celebrated his 74th birthday on 2 May, has made a date with Malaysians to perform at Resorts World Genting on 18-19 June as part of his of "Legacy of Love" world tour.

Born Arnold George Dorsey in 1936, Enge picked up music by playing the saxophone when he was 11 years old but gave up this musical instrument at 17.

Enge bought the first record of his idol Nat King Cole and had attributed to this great singer some influence in his singing in his early days with songs like “Too Young”.

Enge, who began his singing career in the early 1960s, has Tom Jones' manager Gordon Mills to thank for the man requested that he change his name to Englebert Humperdinck.

Enge shot to fame as a last minute replacement for Dicky Valentine when he got the chance of the life time to debut his new single on the Sunday night at Palladium in the United Kingdom (UK), the same English TV show that helped launch the Beatles in 1963.

Enge, with his distinctive side-burn, became an overnight sensation. The superstar and global sex symbol’s signature biggest ever hit, Release Me, spent 56 weeks in the Top 50 chart.

The Beatles' hit, Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane, was famously kept off as number one on the chart when Enge’s song, Release Me was heard worldwide on the radio channels.

Gordon signed Enge with Decca Records in 1967 with hits like Release Me, A Man Without Love, The Last Waltz, There Goes My Everything, Quando Quando, Spanish Eyes, A Place in The Sun, Am I That Easy To Forget, The Way It Used To Be and Take My Heart to name a few.

Enge parted with Gordon in 1976 when he felt Gordon was giving Tom Jones priority over the selection of songs and they were competing.
His many wonderful hits that took the world by storm for the past four decades, resulting in 24 Platinum and 64 Gold albums added to his achievement.

Also known as the “King of Romance”, Enge now lives in Los Angeles but still maintains a house in Leicester, England when he goes back to the UK annually.

Enge, who last performed at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting in June 2005, serenaded to about 5,000 fans who kept asking for more at the finale.

He had also performed “An Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck” at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur in December 2004.

Now at 74, his voice is still power packed as when he started some four decades ago. He keeps himself fit with a lot exercise.

“I don’t act my age on stage. I’m very agile and athletic and I dance on stage. I will keep performing as long as I can. I still need to be on stage, it is my life blood." Enge said during a tele-interviewed at Wisma Genting recently with the press.

At this year’s performance at the Arena of Stars, he will be accompanied by a 10-piece band on stage. He said he will belt out with a mixed of his evergreen numbers and lot of good and fast moving songs that will appeal to his fans of all ages.

With millions of fans all over the world and having sold over 150 million albums since the start of his career, it is of no surprise that every performance of his latest world tour is a sell-out even in Moscow early this year.

Enge’s performances are not to be missed, especially for Malaysians who will have the chance to catch an international class act at their door step.

I grew up listening to his songs as my uncles and aunties used to play his records over and over again when I was a kid. After such bombardment almost daily with so many of Enge’s hits, I could sing most of his original songs with ease.

I attended his 2005 performance and I am not going to miss this one. If you are an avid Enge’s fan, I don’t think you are going to give it a miss either.

If you have not made your reservation for Engelbert Humperdinck’s 2010 Legacy of Love World Tour, you can do so online at www.genting.com.my

Meanwhile, I recommend that you visit
before he returns to Malaysia for his concert in 10 day’s time.

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