Engelbert Humperdinck: 50

Engelbert Humperdinck celebrates 50 years since his iconic song Release Me with a new album of his greatest hits, including two brand new tracks. The 2CD collection will be released on Decca/UMe on June 2nd (available May 19 outside the U.S.) and includes a remix of Release Meone of the best-selling singles of all time.

In a career spanning over five decades, Engelbert has sold in excess of 140 million records worldwide – more than Adele, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. He has 64 gold albums, 23 platinum albums, multiple Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of the Year, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he represented the UK in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. He is still performing live, with a 50th anniversary world tour this year.

The new album features 35 of Engelbert’s best-loved songs plus two brand new recordings, I Followed My Heart and I Don’t Want To Call It Goodbye – these tracks possess the same elegance and charismatic charm as his previous hits, brought to life by his distinctive silky vocals. With truly heartfelt and poignant lyrics, both new songs have been personally dedicated to his wife of 50 years, Patricia.

Engelbert comments: “It is wonderful to still be at Decca after all these years! It’s remarkable to think that it’s been 50 years since ‘Release Me’, yet I still feel a thrill when I step in front of the microphone to sing and love seeing the great joy it brings my fans. I’m delighted to have recorded two new songs for the album, which I’m dedicating to my beloved wife Patricia, whose strength and courage is truly extraordinary.”

Engelbert’s hit song Release Me held the No.1 spot in the UK chart for six weeks in 1967, preventing The Beatles single Penny Lane from reaching the top (and breaking their four-year run of chart toppers). Release Me was the highest-selling single in 1967, spending a record-breaking 56 weeks in the charts and hitting the No.1 spot in 11 countries. The song was re-released after being used in a TV advert for John Smith’s beer.

The youngest of 10 children, Engelbert was extraordinarily reserved and timid growing up. Originally from Leicester, he lived in India until he was 10 before moving back to his home city. His childhood was dominated by the love of his parents and his brothers and sisters. He knew he could sing harmonies, but the power of his own voice came as a surprise to him and other people: “It’s just so loud, but I discovered I can be tender with it at the same time,” said Engelbert.

Born Arnold George Dorsey, he started studying music and playing the saxophone at the age of 11. At 17, he found himself playing at a pub that sponsored singing contests.

Becoming popular on the UK music circuit, he released a single called Crazybells/ Mister Music Man on Decca Records in 1959. However after contracting tuberculosis, which silenced him for six months and nearly ended his rising music career, he made a comeback under a new stage name. Thus was born the soon-to-be legend, Engelbert Humperdinck.

Never intending his monumental rise to fame, Engelbert exploded onto the music scene in the sixties. The then shy, handsome young man captured the hearts of the public instantly, quickly becoming an international icon. He became great friends with Elvis Presley and the two legends often performed each other’s songs.

Engelbert’s music has transcended time and his voice still continues to reach out to people. The new album celebrates the life and works of an icon with a collection of his greatest hits, along with brand new tracks to be treasured for years to come.

To coincide with the new album, Engelbert will be releasing a new 11-disc box set entitled ‘The Complete Decca Studio Albums on June 2nd. Each of the 11 albums featured in this box set will be released digitally for the first time ever.

Engelbert Humperdinck: 50
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1.  Release Me                

1.  Just The Two Of Us  

2.  There Goes My Everything               

2.  A Man Without Love       

3.  The Last Waltz                       

3.  The Way It Used To Be        

4.  Am I That Easy To Forget          

4.  Winter World Of Love  

5.  Quando Quando Quando     

5.  Ten Guitars  

6.  Spanish Eyes              

6.  My Marie  

7.  Les Bicyclettes De Belsize               

7.  Strangers In The Night

8.  Can’t Take My Eyes Off You              

8.  Another Time, Another Place   

9.  My World (Il Mondo)            

9.  Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings   

10.  There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)    

10.  Dance The Night Away  

11.  Everybody Knows (We’re Through)              

11.  A Place In The Sun  

12.  My Cherie Amour                  

12.  Stardust   

13.  Sweetheart                

13.  It Had To Be You    

14.  Love Letters   

14.  Too Beautiful To Last

15.  Stand By Me            

15.  This Guy’s In Love With You 

16.  Let There Be Love               

16.  I’m A Better Man (For Having Loved You)  

17.  Have I Told You Lately       

17.  She              

18.  If         

18.  What A Wonderful World   

19.  I Don’t Want To Call It Goodbye *

19.  I Followed My Heart *

20.  Release Me – DBU Disco Remix *