Engelbert Humperdinck will celebrate with his Filipino fans his 50th anniversary in the music industry with an array of classic love songs and romantic ballads when he returns for a live concert on Nov. 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The pre-Christmas presentation from live concert will highlight a four-date, four-city concert series that also includes shows on Nov. 23 at the Laus Event Centre in San Fernando, Pampanga; Nov. 30 at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna; and Dec. 2 at the Rose Memorial Hall, Central Philippine University in Iloilo City.
It is part of the Asian leg of Engelbert Humperdinck 50th Anniversary Tour, a global touring celebration of the musical career of a singing legend considered as one of the hottest male pop idols of the ‘60s.
The milestone pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of the crooner dubbed as “King of Romance” and who has charmed millions worldwide with his rich repertoire that encompasses a broad range of genres.
It will take the audience to a memorable time of love and romance as it showcases the musical brilliance of Humperdinck, an ultra-smooth balladeer whose beautiful interpretation of lyrics and excellent vocal technique have earned him an enduring place in pop music.
Among the hit songs he has popularized in his sweet, powerful voice are “Release Me,” “Quando, Quando, Quando,” “The Way It Used To Be,” “The Last Waltz,” “After The Loving,” “Man Without Love,” “Spanish Eyes,” “Love Me With All Your Heart,” “Am I That Easy To Forget,” and many more.
With the outrageously memorable name of Engelbert Humperdinck (after the Austrian composer of the 19th century opera, Hansel and Gretel), and with his deep voice and thick sideburns, he burst onto the music scene in the ‘60s along with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones, and was catapulted almost instantly to the status of world icon.
His debut single “Release Me,” became an instant hit when it went into the Guinness Book of Records for staying 56 weeks in the charts and became No. 1 in 11 countries.
Humperdinck was subsequently hailed by The London Times as “the premier voice of the 20th century” for his inimitable three-and-a-half octave range and ultra-smooth onstage charisma that captivated fans of every generation in many parts of the world.
In 2007, he marked four decades in the music industry with his critically-acclaimed 40th Anniversary Tour, a 100-city worldwide celebration that coincided with the release of The Winding Road, his album which featured “contemporary British classics” by such great musicians as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Eric Clapton, Christine McVie and James Blunt.
Five years later, he represented the United Kingdom in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he set a record by being the oldest singer to participate in the competition at the age of 76.
His double-CD of duets, Engelbert Calling, was released in the United Kingdom by Conehead Records on March 17 and charted in the UK Top 40.
The album features the singer in the studio with musicians like Charles Aznavour, Elton John, Il Divo, Johnny Mathis, Lulu, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John, Cliff Richard, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Neil Sedaka, Ron Sexmith, Gene Simmons and Dionne Warwick
Together with Humperdinck’s other hit, “I Followed My Heart,” the “Engelbert Calling” album is now available to stream in Spotify and other major streaming platforms.
Engelbert Humperdinck 50th Anniversary Tour will bring back the 81-year-old singer to the Philippines for the fifth time in the past 12 years after completing its swing across major US cities in September following shows in the United Kingdom, other parts of Europe and Asia over the past few months
As he embarks on his sixth decade in music and show business, Humperdinck remains a formidable figure in pop music, a true icon of entertainment who radiates excellence in his honeyed, mellow voice and inspires people of the present age who exalt him as an extraordinary performer and a quintessential romantic balladeer.
Tickets for the Smart Araneta Coliseum concert are available through www.ticketnet.com.ph or call 911-5555. Tickets for the shows at the Laus Event Centre in San Fernando City, Pampanga, Alonte Sports Arena in Binan City and Rose Memorial Hall, Central Philippine University In Iloilo City are available through www.smtickets.com.ph or SM Customer Service.