Engelbert Humperdinck, an English pop singer professional since 1956 is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Awarded with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989, Humperdinck has released 64 gold and 24 platinum albums recording worldwide sales of over 150 million.
Following national service at the British Army Royal Corps of Signals during the mid-1950s, Engelbert struggled with tuberculosis & later pursued the music career after regaining his health.
With Decca Records, he released his debut album Release Me (1967)- the title song Release Me charted #4 in Billboard Hot 100.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, 83-year-old Humperdinck has a net worth of $180 million as of January 2020. Back in 2011, according to The Richest, he was worth $90 million.
Without a doubt, the Golden Globe Award-winning singer made a massive sum through album sales & tours.
With already 64 gold and 24 platinum-certified albums, Engelbert enjoyed millions of dollars shower throughout his career. The years of his album debut in 1967, Engelbert's singles Release Me and The Last Waltz, both topped the UK music chart & made over 1 million sales for each.
As per The Richest, the English singer earned $74.1 million each in 2010 & 2011. In 2013 & 2015, he made $80.3 million each year.
Most recently, following the release of The Man I Want To Be (2017), Humperdinck released the Christmas album Warmest Christmas Wishes in 2018, which became #5 in the Official Albums Chart.
Fond of music since a child, Engelbert played saxophone in nightclubs & started singing by the age of 17. But by the mid-1950, his music career got a halt after he joined the British Army Royal Corps of Signals as a part of national service.
The Leicester, England-raised later discharged from the army & recorded this first single I'll Never Fall in Love Again in 1958 with Decca Records, though was not a commercial hit. Moreover, until 1961, the English musician worked in nightclubs before tuberculosis got him.
After recovery from TB, Humperdinck continued to work with Gordon Mills, an English music industry manager, in 1965 & performed at the annual Knokke song contest and later in stages.
Born Arnold, the English singer, who took the name from 19th-century German opera composer "Engelbert Humperdinck", gained wide fame after releasing the hit single Release Me in 1967.
Humperdinck records the release of 64 Gold-certified and 24 Platinum-certified albums, totaling the worldwide sales of over 150 million- ultimately ranking among the best-selling artists of all time.
Despite turning professional in 1956, it was until the late 1960s when Engelbert got success in music with the release of Billboard 200 charted #4 & #10 albums: Release Me and The Last Waltz, both in 1967.
Reportedly, the title singles of both albums peaked No.1 at UK Singles Chart.
In 1968 & 1969, each of his albums A Man Without Love and Engelbert charted No.3 in Official Album Chart (UK) and No.12 in Billboard 200.
It followed the productions of other albums Engelbert Humperdinck (1969), We Made It Happen (1970), Another Time, Another Place (1971), and Live at The Riviera, Las Vegas (1972).
The English pop singer released a compilation album Engelbert Humperdinck His Greatest Hits n 1974 -it peaked #1 in the UK.
As for a fact, Engelbert released albums almost every year consecutively from 1976 to 1999, missing out in 1983 & 1997 only, though, not all of them made a commercial success as expected. Some of his successful works include:
Some of the famous songs of the singer are Am I That Easy to Forget, The Way It Used to Be, Winter World of Love, When There's No You, Too Beautiful to Last, Sweetheart and After the Lovin, This Moment in Time.
His 2000's album At His Very Best charted #5 in the UK's Official Albums Chart & later released I Want to Wake Up with You (2001), Greatest Love Songs (2004), Let There Be Love (2005), Greatest Hits and More (2007) and Release Me – The Best of Engelbert Humperdinck (2012).
In 2014, he worked with many A-listed artists including Elton John, Gene Simmons, Olivia Newton-John, Armando Manzanero and Luis Fonsi.
Most recently in 2017 & 2018, Engelbert released 2 albums: The Man I Want To Be and Warmest Christmas Wishes respectively.
In May 2019, Engelbert released a new single You, a self-described ode to motherhood.
Currently, the father of 4, Engelbert Humperdinck lives in Los Angeles with his wife Patricia Healey. As for a fact, the English singer is a tax exile and is only permitted to live only 90 days a year in the United Kingdom.
Formerly, Engelbert and his wife owned a 3-story Spanish-style estate in Holmby Hills featuring 8-bedroom, 9-bathroom sitting on 1.25 acres. They sold the mansion famous as Pink Palace, in 2002 for $8 million according to The Richest.
Also, he owned another house in Brentwood home in the Los Angeles-area, sold for $2.1 million in 2005. The house featured 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.
Back in 2005, Engelbert's son Bradley Dorsey was injured during a fire accident in his mansion in Leicestershire, England. Moreover, in 2008, the singer's property was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire at Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California.
Moreover, the Release Me singer also invested in Hawaii, Mexico and in the mainland United States.
Also, he bought a hotel property in La Paz, Mexico, in the 80s & later renamed it to La Posada de Engelbert. However, it was demolished in 2012 & replaced by Posada Hotel Beach Club.
Engelbert Humperdinck was born on May 2, 1936, in Madras, Madras Presidency, British India (now Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India). His real name is Arnold George Dorsey.
Dorsey is one of the 10 children; his father Mervyn Dorsey of Welsh descent was British Army NCO and his mother Olive was of German descent.
At the age of 10, Humperdinck moved to Leicester, England.
Humperdinck holds an English nationality and is of mixed ethnic background.
Humperdinck is married to actress Patricia Healey for over 5 decades. The duo exchanged vows on April 18, 1964, and shares 4 children together: Scott, Jason, Louise, and Bradley.
Engelbert's son Bradley Dorsey, 45, shares a son named Dylan with his partner Leigh.
During the 70s & 80s, the English singer was successfully sued for paternity by 2 women, for whom he pays child support but refuses to see. Reportedly, one of the mothers of his child from an extra-marital affair accused the Golden Globe Award-winning singer of being infected with HIV virus.