I’m hoping many of you read this, because in my humble opinion, considering the way things have been for me,you should.
I know these boards do a lot of funing , but this time can we be serious for a few minutes?
I’m not in the mood for laughs.
As a matter of fact, I’m feeling really bad. It’s darn near a heartbreak type of feeling.
I didn’t want to write this, but I could’nt talk myself out of it.
It’s hard to stand by quietly and listen to such negative, snide remarks and hear ridicule about someone I love, admire and respect so much.
I know you have a right to your opinions, that’s not hard to accept. You don’t have to like him, but PLEASE , before you judge Engelbert Humperdinck, FIRST LEARN the STATISTICS.
Someone here wrote about his lack of popularity, meager amount of fans and followers, and insinuated that he and his place in the world of celebrities was desolate, in so many words.
This is a good place to start telling the facts :-
Question:- Who has the largest amount of fans in the world ?
Answer:- Engelbert Humperdinck
A rude awakening, huh? If you don’t beleive it , look it up. He has, even at his age, over 250 fan clubs still just in America.
And all that didn’t happen for NO reason. The people appreciate his talent and love his personality. I would also imagine many of them are sentimentally attached , that could be part of it. That’s how high he’s rated as a quality entertainer.
Someone said he was a “has-been”. I suppose, by his former standards , it would be easy to think of him in that category, BUT,…the truth is…he is still very active in his career; making appearances all around the world. In Las Vegas he still brings in the crowds, and they’re not just old girls either. As a balladeer he is a ledgend and most everyone has some recognition of him. That’s not bad for a 60 yr. old “has-been”.
And, by the way,…please don’t compare him to that homely odd-ball Wayne Newton! It’s an insult! I don’t know who let that peculiarity out, anyhow.
And , as far as Tom Jones is concerned , thier basic styles may resemble each other, and they both have Brittish accents, but Tom Jones is a tag-along, a tin-horn joker compared to E.H. There’s such a thing as quality, and Jones isn’t the one with it. He’s a clown.
Enge. Humperdinck may be old but he’s still functioning as an entertainer and making millions with his talent.
Next, I deeply resent those remarks you made, “KAMBUCKTA,”,about him and his lack of attractivness, saying something about how you’d puke if he got romantic with you. You seemed to think that my calling him “handsome” was very funny. .
I’ll admit he doesn’t look like he used to , compared to how he used to look . We DO change as we age, appearance-wise, and not for the better. What you are seeing in your mind’s eye so to speak, depends on how you think of him . When I look at him I STILL think of him as he used to look when he was in his prime.
Have you every seen pictures of him when he was younger? Well, even many of the pictures they’ve put on his records and c.d.s aren’t the best, as good as they are. As a fan-club member I have other pictures not always availiable to the public. That guy was downright GORGEOUS !
He had such appeal women swooned over him and responded to him overwhelmingly. They threw their underwear on the stage when he performed. (fact)
You laughed when I used the word “lover” …well, that was what he was all about to women. He was , and still is, called “the king of romance”
It’s too bad I can’t send you some pictures of him when he was younger. You’d be amazed. He was sstriking, with his thick dark wavy hair , green eyes and etc.
THAT’S the E.H. I fell for , and that’s how I still think of him.
I became an active fan club member when I was very young, and did some art work for his club promoters.
As far as his voice goes, think what you like, but I wish you would hear this:- First, he’s a step ahead of other singers because he has a 31/2 OCTAVE voice; something most singers would give their soul for!!! Most singers have only a “1” octave range.
Maybe, because his voice is so strong, it probably accounts for the affluent sound of his singing. And what you choose to call “Sappy” many people hear as passionate; full of emotion. That’s not a bad thing. Opera singers try for it all the time.
Let me give you some quotes, refering to his voice:-
The London Times called him “The premiere voice of the century”
He has 64 gold discs and 23 platinum.
Ottawa; 1999 :-
“E. Humperdinck will go down in history as the quintessentual romantic pop music crooner and sex-symbol for a generation”
“velvet-voiced strummer of heart strings” (unquote)
He has an "entertainer of the year golden globe award.
Chicago 1990: “in fact members of his huge and dedicated fan clubs all over North America reacted with a fervor normally showed in only teen-age girls”
Those are the types of comments that were written about him all the time.
I’ll admit he doesn’t look near as great as he used to, but his voice is still copious and embracing.
Besides, I wouldn’t “disown” him just because he is so much older now. Today, he’s is still that wonderful face and voice that I saw and heard when he was in his prime.
As I said, you don’t have to like him, and you don’t have to change your mind about his voice, just because you hear me tell you how I feel. BUT…give credit were credit is due. I just wanted to speak up for him and he deserves to be defended.