In September 2021, Engelbert Humperdinck said that he is ‘The Fan of Life’ on his official social media handles. He has since been using the phrase to promote his music and spread positivity to his fans.
Engelbert Humperdinck has had a long and successful career in the music industry, spanning over six decades. Born Arnold George Dorsey in 1936, he grew up in a large family in Leicester, England. He started his musical career in the late 1950s, playing saxophone in various nightclubs across England.
In the early 1960s, Engelbert began to sing in addition to playing the saxophone. He was discovered by a music manager who convinced him to change his name to Engelbert Humperdinck, after the German composer of the same name. His first big break came in 1966 with the release of the song “Release Me”. The song quickly became a massive hit in the UK, staying at the top of the charts for six weeks and selling over a million copies.
Engelbert went on to release several more hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, including “The Last Waltz”, “Am I That Easy to Forget”, and “After the Lovin'”. He also became a popular television personality, hosting his own variety show and appearing on talk shows and game shows.
Despite his success, Engelbert Humperdinck has faced several challenges throughout his life. In 2008, his wife of 45 years, Patricia Healey, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which has been a difficult journey for both of them. Engelbert has spoken openly about the challenges of being a caregiver to a loved one with dementia, and has used his platform to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research. Patricia passed away in February 2021 in Los Angeles due to complications from COVID-19.
In addition to his personal challenges, Engelbert has also faced criticism throughout his career. Despite being a popular and successful performer, he has been dismissed by some music critics as a “schmaltzy” or “cheesy” performer. However, his fans continue to support him and his music, and he remains a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.
Throughout his life, Engelbert has remained positive and grateful for his experiences. He has said that his fans have given him a reason to keep going, and that he is committed to making the most of every moment. Despite facing challenges and setbacks, Engelbert Humperdinck continues to inspire fans with his music and his resilience.
Despite his ups and downs, Engelbert remains a beloved figure in the music industry and has continued to perform well into his 80s. He has sold over 150 million records worldwide and has been honored with several awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His fans continue to show their support for him, and Engelbert has expressed his gratitude for their unwavering love and loyalty over the years.