Engelbert Humperdinck was marking the beginning of a new tour to introduce his latest album "Released" on Universal Records. Romance and love have always been the theme of Engelbert's shows and tonight he sang with all of the passion of over four decades in show business.
A man known as the symbol of "love", Engelbert's golden voice thrilled the audience. His songs still had all the tenderness and emotional fire of the times I reviewed his concerts in the 80's, 90's, and continuing up to the present time. Engelbert is around 78 with a strong sex appeal and the good looks of his past.
As Engelbert said, "I want to take you back in time to bring some songs which made it possible for me to be here this evening." And that is exactly what the enthusiastic audience wanted to hear.
Engelbert was as charming as ever. Keeping up with his sensual image, Engelbert still had his red handkerchiefs to give away to some of the ladies in the audience.
Suddenly the area in front of the stage was filled with women hoping to have a memento of his show. "After the Lovin', I'm Still in Love with You", "Love Story", "Lonely is a Man without Love", "You Don't Know Me", "Quando, Quando, Quando", "A Taste of Country", "I Wish You Love", "There Goes My Everything", "Spanish Eyes", "The Last Waltz", "Release Me", "I Believe", "My Way", and many more classics in addition to new songs from his recent album.
We were invited backstage after Engelbert's show and were happy to have a chance to speak to him. (See photo in this article along with another photo which was shot around 25 years ago when I attended another party after his show.) Always gracious, Engelbert took time to socialize with each of the VIP's, friends, and members of the media who filled the lounge.
Teaming up with Australian producer, Paul Wiltshire, Engelbert delivered another timeless set of 11 numbers from new album, "Released", the 11 tracks include"Take Me Back Again", "No One Ever Told Me", "Everything & More", and "Tell Me Where it Hurts"called "The Premiere Voice of the 20th Century" by the London Times, Engelbert Humperdinck has sold over 150 million records worldwide, including 64 Gold and 24 Platinum albums. Engelbert, with his ultra-smooth 3 ½ octave range and natural charisma, first hit the charts with his smash hit, Release Me in 1967.
He went on to record numerous hits including "Winter World Of Love", "Am I That Easy To Forget?", "The Last Waltz", "There Goes My Everything", "Les Bicyclettes De Belize", "This Moment In Time", " 'Til You And Your Lover Are Lovers Again" and "A Man Without Love". www.orleanscasino.com www.engelbert.com