Engelbert Humperdinck

  • Real Name: Arnold George Dorsey
  • Birth Date: 2nd May 1936
  • Birth Place: Madras, India
  • Arnold Dorsey was already popularly known by his friends and family as 'Gerry' when he decided to become a singer during the mid-1950s. Although he gained some national fame and popularity as 'Gerry Dorsey', none of the singer's singles got near the chart. By the mid-1960s even this moderate success was beginning to wane and his recording career looked close to its end. Fortunately, during 1966 he had a chance meeting with Gordon Mills, an old show business acquaintance, who was then managing Tom Jones. Mills persuaded the singer to change his name to Engelbert Humperdinck and also helped him secure a recording deal with Decca.

    The name change alone did not alter Gerry's fortunes because his first two singles in the new guise floundered. However the third attempt, 'Release Me', which was an old song and had previously been successful in the US for Esther Phillips, became a huge international hit. Immediately the luckless 'Gerry Dorsey' had been transformed into 'Engelbert Humperdinck' international 'Mega-Star'- outselling even Mills' Tom Jones.

    A stream of huge MOR hits based on romantic ballads followed and just like Tom Jones, Humperdinck moved himself to the upmarket American Night Club scene.

    The illustration on the right is a deviation from my normal practice of showing an EP cover from my collection. It may prove more interesting to Engelbert's fans rather than collectors of old 45s. It is in fact taken from the cover of a new DVD release that should be available on January 26th 2004. The DVD shows Engelbert singing many of his best loved songs while on tour during 1990. If you want this DVD (which bears the number DVDUK040D) then you need to contact DVD UK Ltd who can be found on the internet at http://www.dvdisc.co.uk/

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only.
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    Decca F12427 1966 Stay/ Come Over Here  
    Decca F12496 1966 Dommage Dommage/ When I Say Goodnight  
    Decca F12541 1967 Release Me/ Ten Guitars #1 
    Decca F12610 1967 There Goes My Everything/ You Love #2
    Decca F12655 1967 The Last Waltz/ That Promise #1
    Decca F12722 1968 Am I That Easy To Forget/ Pretty Ribbon #3
    Decca F12770 1968 A Man Without Love/ Call On Me #2
    Decca F12834 1968 Les Bicyclettes De Besize/ Three Little Words #5
    Decca F12879 1969 The Way It Used To Be/ A Good Thing Going #3
    Decca F12957 1969 I'm A Better Man/ Cafe #15
    Decca F12980 1969 Winter World Of Love/ Take My Heart #7

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