Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey; 2 May 1936) is an English pop singer. He is best known for his songs “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz”, both singles topping the UK music charts in 1967 and selling in large enough numbers to help the singer achieve “the rare feat of scoring two million sellers in one year.” In North America, he is also known for his 1976-hit single “After the Lovin’.” Humperdinck is regarded by music critics to be “one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around.” He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
In 1964, Humperdinck married Patricia Healey. They have four children. Through the years, Humperdinck has maintained a strong family life, even as the family alternated between homes in England and in southern California. Humperdinck is also a successful real-estate entrepreneur and businessman. He invested in prime real estate properties in Hawaii, Mexico and United States. In the 1970s he bought the Pink Palace, previously owned by Jayne Mansfield, in Los Angeles, which he resold in 2002 for $4 million to developers.
Humperdinck retains firm ties with Leicestershire, where he spent much of his youth. In August 2005, he auctioned one of his Harley-Davidson motorcycles on eBay to raise money for the County Air Ambulance in Leicestershire. In 2006, the University of Leicester awarded Humperdinck with an Honorary Doctorate of Music. On 25 February 2009, Leicester City Council announced that Humperdinck would be given the Honorary Freedom of Leicester alongside author Sue Townsend and former professional footballer Alan Birchenall. In 2010, Humperdinck was one of the first nine people to be honored with a plaque on the Leicester Walk of Fame.
He was raised a Catholic and remains an adherent. His daughter-in-law, Jo Dorsey, said of Humperdinck’s religiousness, “he tries to visit a cathedral in every town or city he tours globally.”