A Lifetime of Memories: Engelbert Humperdinck’s Reward to his Filipino Fans

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Thanking MJ Juco for this chance to ask the legend a question.

Everyone in the crowd was lucky enough to be in the presence of greatness, the night when the international music legend Engelbert Humperdinck once again performed his timeless hits. It reminded me about the welfares of being in his presence at the press con the day before his concert. It was fun! More about Engelbert Humperdinck’s press con at Novotel HERE.

But whether it’s listening to his songs in the radio, records and streaming sites, I always felt greater. Going to his concert with my Father (who’s a certified Engelbert Humperdinck fan) is extra special. There’s no one else I can imagine to be with during these moments.

The Concert Date with Papa

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Papa and me at the venue.

“Minsan ko lang siya maka-date. Bihira kasi ang kursunandang artist. Akalain mo bang maririnig namin nang sabay live ang paborito nyang si Engelbert Humperdinck? Dati sa cassette tape lang at multiplex eh! Swerte!!!”

Another of my Dad’s favorite, Tom Jones, was supposed to hold a concert last month but it was unfortunately cancelled due to personal reasons. It would have been great too, had we watched another legend in concert.

Growing up with the Legends

At home, I grew up with songs of Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones and Matt Monro. Believe it or not, I used to yell in bed complaining, “Ano na naman bang kanta yan? Inaantok pa po ako eh,” when their songs were regularly played on air during Sunday mornings. Maybe these artists have become factors who would later on shape me to listen to good music. It has loved me even how badly it sounded for me. Growing up with these songs wasn’t that bad at all as I eventually appreciate my Father’s taste in music. “Horrible man noon, nostalgic na ngayon.”

I saw my Father’s satisfaction after the show. “Ambilis no, parang kakaumpisa pa lang. Ang galing ng banda, ang galing talaga ng boses nya,” he told me. I’m happy to share this concert with him, also with my auntie (Mama Ase) and her husband Uncle Jimmy. “Sayang wala si Mama dear. Kababawan pero wika nga sa social media ay #CONCERTGOAL. Achieve!”

“Maraming salamat sa Manila Concert Junkies at sa Midas Promotions for making this date possible. It means a lot to me. Kumpleto ang Engelbert Humperdinck experience ko.”

The Engelbert Humperdinck Magic Onstage

Engelbert Humperdinck’s one and a half hour show at the Big Dome has given us all a lifetime of memories and we are thankful for the chance to watch such a wonderful talent live.  The icon delivers classic hits, old favorites and romantic ballads with his fabulous vocals.

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“Good evening everybody, welcome to the show. Hello! Mabuhay! It’s been a while since I’m here and I’m happy to be back and I just been celebrating a big birthday. But I’m happy to be here, I’m going to celebrate by going back in time and bringing back some songs, the nostalgia, the songs of the past is what I’m talking about,” opens Engelbert Humperdinck’s one-night-only concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Every time I come over here is a pleasure because there’s a lot of lovely talented people here in the Philippines who love singing my songs and I do appreciate that.”

Engelbert’s hit songs we heard live include “Am I That Easy To Forget,” “The Last Waltz,” “A Man Without Love,” “After The Lovin,” “Quando,” “The Way It Used to Be,” “Les Bicyclettes,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “There Goes My Everything” and “Spanish Eyes.”

Filipino fans were singing and thrumming through all the songs. We found genuine timeless feels in every stunning performance.

He is like a time portal which allowed someone like me or an adoring fan to travel from one point in time during his popularity to another by passing through with his music.

Collaboration with other legendary artists

“I have recorded 81 albums in my life. This is the first time I ever recorded a duet album and I recorded it with some very famous people,” as he introduced a song that he collaborated with Elton John entitled “Something about the Way You Look Tonight.”

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During the press con, he introduced this collaboration in the album “Calling.” It is Engelbert Humperdinck’s 80th album that comes 45 years after his number one single and signature tune, ‘Release Me.’ It features brand new recordings of classic tracks, all handpicked by the legendary singer himself. Artist collaborations are with Sir Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Il Divo, Kenny Rogers, Neil Sedaka, Lulu, Olivia Newton-John, Sir Cliff Richard, Gene Simmons and many more. Download or stream ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK’s latest album “ENGELBERT CALLING” HERE.

His Music Legacy

Engelbert Humperdinck has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame.

Engelbert Humperdinck made a look back upon Dean Martin at the start of his career, as a video was being played at the concert, as he narrated stories about his beginnings and success.

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It’s been great to hear him sing Celine Dion’s ‘Power of Love’ in his own unique romantic style. I love his wit and good humor in telling us his stories and how he has donned himself with the cowboy hat, graceful to line-dance in his interpretations of Boz Scaggs’ “Look What You’ve Done to Me” and Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.”

“How I Love You’ was memorable because of his charming gestures, sincere lyrics and moving music, it is what the ladies love but “Release Me” is exceptional. This song will celebrate 50 years next year, so is Engelbert Humperdinck’s notable career in music. And his legacy is an incomparable heritage, his accomplishments are his evidences.

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Photos courtesy of Araneta Coliseum. Click on the photo to view more.

For the record, Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ kept The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane’ off the top of the charts. The success of this song was meant to change our lives. ‘Release Me’ spent 56 weeks in the top 50 in a single chart run and has believed to have sold 85,000 copies a day at the height of its popularity.

“I say a big thank you to all of you; you’ve been such a beautiful audience this evening. Applause is the food of an artist and thank you for not starving me,” tells Engelbert Humperdinck before he ends. The songs ‘For The Good Times’ made our Engelbert Humperdinck experience complete, a fitting goodbye to yet another stellar concert. Two thumbs up to his undeniable connection to people as he bids farewell, “Salamat po. For the good times!”

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