TULSA - For more than 40 years, Engelbert Humperdinck has entertained millions of fans across the globe, becoming known as “the King of Romance.” On Aug. 23, the singer is set to play at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Tickets start at $55 and go on sale July 12.
In honor of this big concert announcement, celebrate America’s Independence Day with the video posted above of the British singer’s 1982 performance of his “American Trilogy” in Las Vegas.
Since his 1967 debut, Humperdinck has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. Among his most popular singles are the No. 1 hits “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz,” and the Top 10 hits “After the Lovin’” and “A Man Without Love.”
Throughout his career, Humperdinck has earned four Grammy nominations, a 1988 Golden Globe for “Entertainer of the Year,” 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He was born in 1936 as Arnold Dorsey in Madras, India, to a father who served in the British military and an Indian mother who taught violin. Humperdinck’s family relocated to England when he was 10 and he took an interest in music, learning to play saxophone before moving on to singing.
The singer launched his career in 1958 under his birth name, but after overcoming tuberculosis returned to music in the mid-60s with a stage name based on the 19th Austrian composer who wrote “Hansel & Gretel.”
Humperdinck built his highly successful career singing romantic ballads and performing with lavish stage productions. He became friends with Elvis Presley, maintained a healthy rivalry with Tom Jones, and had many future icons like Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters start out as opening acts for his shows.
He is currently working on a new album with Grammy-winning producer Martin Terefe, who has produced Train, Jason Mraz, James Morrison and Beverly Knight. The duo’s first collaboration is the single “Love Will Set You Free,” which was released in March and instantly became a hit in the UK.
For more information on Humperdinck, visit www.engelbert.com.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off of Interstate 44 at exit 240. Ticket prices and information on upcoming shows are available online in The Joint section of www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com. All guests must be 21 years of age or older.
Of course, when I think about Engelbert Humperdinck, I also can’t help but think about this hilarious bit from British comedian Eddie Izzard (watch for a bit of language in this video):