2004-10-15 / Community

Engelbert Humperdinck At Westbury

His name comes from the 19th century Austrian composer who wrote “Hansel & Gretel.” His voice comes from heaven, and he has been a legend in the international music industry for over thirty years. Engelbert Humperdinck will be performing for 2 nights only at Westbury Music Fair on Friday, October 15th and Saturday, October 16th. Both shows begin at 8 pm. Tickets are $50 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, all Ticketmaster locations and on line at CC.com or musicfair.com.

Engelbert Humperdinck first came into this world as Arnold George Dorsey. At the age of eleven, Arnold began to study saxophone. When he was seventeen, Engelbert found himself playing at a pub that sponsored a singing contest. Goaded by his friends to enter, he put down his sax and for the first time revealed another vocal talent: impersonations. His fans quickly dubbed him Gerry Dorsey. It became his professional stage name. Furthermore, he never picked up the sax again.

Gerry Dorsey was very popular on the UK music circuit until he contracted tuberculosis, which silenced him for six months and nearly snuffed out this rising star. Many people assumed his career was finished. Upon regaining his health, Gerry Dorsey knew he had to bury his old, somewhat tainted image to make a comeback as a strong, dynamic performer, still tall, dark and handsome. His manager suggested Engelbert Humperdinck. It was just outrageous enough to be memorable. It would take a man with a secure self-image and sense of humor to pull it off. And thus was born the soon-to-be legend, Engelbert Humperdinck.

Romance serves as the core of Engelbert Humperdinck’s music and lasting success. He knows how to pick songs with eternal themes of love and longing, and lovers always want to hear them sing. Today, he is best known for love songs like, “The Last Waltz,” “A Man Without Love,” “Love Is All,” “Winter World of Love,” “Am I That Easy to Forget” and “After the Lovin.”

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