Engelbert Humperdinck will be singing his hits (Please) Release Me and the unforgettable Quando, Quando, Quando in South Africa at the Grand Arena, Cape Town for one show only on November 21, and at the Teatro at Montecasino on November 24 and 25. Shows begin at 8 pm and tickets are on sale at Computicket.
Brought to South Africa by leading local promoter, Showtime Management, the Engelbert Calling concerts offer local fans the opportunity to enjoy the music of this famous icon up close and personal. Those songs include: After The Lovin, Spanish Eyes, The Last waltz, Am I That Easy To Forget, There Goes My Everything, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize, Winter World Of Love and This Moment In Time.
“I can’t wait to go back to South Africa,” says Humperdinck. “I have some wonderful memories from past concerts in your country. I would like to show people what I’m doing now including my new duet album called Engelbert Calling.
Humperdinck has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to the platinum-selling theme song Lesbian Seagull for the most recent Beavis and Butthead movie.
But few people realise that several of the major forces in the world of rock n’ roll, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out as opening acts for Humperdinck in the late 60s, 70s and 80s.
Interestingly, it was Humperdinck, not Elvis, who made famous the sideburns and flamboyant leather jumpsuits. Engelbert often jokingly asserts that Elvis “stole” the image from him. Nevertheless, the two legends often performed one another’s songs and enjoyed a lasting friendship until Elvis’ death.
Humperdinck has always enjoyed a healthy rivalry with Tom Jones and the two actually partnered for ten years and shared a manager for many, many more.
Engelbert Calling features tracks with Sir Elton John, Willie Nelson, Shelby Lynne, Charles Aznavour, Johnny Mathis, Cliff Richard, Neil Sedaka, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, Lulu, Beverly Knight and Gene Simmons, to name a few.
The first single in the United Kingdom was the duet with Cliff Richard which went straight onto BBC Radio 2 A list and became the most played independent single of the year.
With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for “Entertainer of the Year” (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he might be entitled to rest on his laurels. Instead he has joined in elite group of musical artists, such as Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach, who have crossed over successfully to strike a new chord with a younger generation. “The Humper” has appeared on several MTV programmes, including MTV Beach House, Chilling with the Weaze and Oddville.