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Engelbert Humperdinck to perform UK’s 2012 Eurovision song: ‘Love Will Set You Free’

March 20, 2012

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Engelbert Humperdinck, 75, will perform a Spanish-flavoured ballad called ‘Love Will Set You Free’ as the UK’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May.

The UK hasn’t won since Katrina and the Waves’ ‘Love Shine a Light’ in 1997, but Engelbert – best known for his 1967 hit ‘Release Me’ – is hoping to reverse the UK’s fortunes this year.

 ‘Love Will Set You Free’ was written by Grammy award-winning producer Martin Terefe and Ivor Novello award winner Sacha Skarbek, who co-wrote James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’.

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Engelbert Humperdinck to perform UK’s 2012 Eurovision song

March 2, 2012

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Engelbert Humperdinck, 75, is set to become the oldest ever contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest when he represents the UK at this year’s event in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May.

Humperdinck said it was “an absolute honour” to be taking part and was “excited and raring to go”.

The song he will perform will be announced shortly. It is being written by Grammy award-winning producer Martin Terefe and Ivor Novello winner Sacha Skarbek, who co-wrote the James Blunt hit ‘You’re Beautiful’.

The UK hasn’t won since Katrina and the Waves’ ‘Love Shine a Light’ in 1997.

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Engelbert Humperdinck lines up ‘Released’ 2011 UK tour

July 3, 2011

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At the age of 74, Engelbert Humperdinck says he’s now “cutting back” on the number of  live shows he performs each year – he’s got it down to 110 – but he’s still managing to fit in a 15-date UK tour this autumn.

   To coincide with the UK release of his latest album Released, Engelbert will be performing in every region of the UK – including two nights in his home town of Leicester and an extravaganza at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

RELEASED TOUR DATES:

October 28 –Bristol, Colston Hall

October 29 –Bournemouth, BIC

October 31 –Cardiff, St David’s Hall

November 1 –Ipswich, Regent Theatre

November 3 –London, Royal Albert Hall

November 5 –Sheffield, City Hall

November 6 –Leicester, De Montfort Hall

November 7 –Leicester, De Montfort Hall

November 10 –Belfast, Waterfront Hall

November 13 –Birmingham, Symphony Hall

November 15 –Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall

November 16 –Newcastle, City Hall

November 18 –Glasgow,ClydeAuditorium

November 19 –Blackpool, Opera House

November 21 –Manchester, Bridgewater Hall.

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Engelbert Humperdinck new album Released…

September 9, 2010

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Engelbert Humperdinck has released a new album, titled Released, which was recorded in Los Angeles with Australian record producer Paul Wiltshire who has previously worked with artists such as The Backstreet Boys and Delta Goodrem.

Wiltshire and Engelbert’s son and manager Scott Dorsey were executive producers of the 11-track album which sees Engelbert stamping his own touch on current songs such as ‘We’ve Got Tonight’.

Wiltshire produced Engelbert’s first-ever iTunes hit, ‘Tell Me Where It Hurts’, which is also be featured on the new album.

Engelbert says he was thrilled by the success of ‘Tell Me Where It Hurts’ on iTunes. “In the old days, you put out a single and promoted it in person,” he says. “Now with iTunes it’s instantly all over the world. It’s quite exciting.”

Engelbert, who turned 75 last May, admits he will forever be best known for his version of the ballad ‘Release Me’, which was recorded over 44 years ago (and was responsible for keeping The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ from reaching Number One in the UK).

He feels it’s “an honour” to be so closely associated with the song. “I’ve recorded so many albums in my life, but because it was my signature and because it was my first song and because it went to number one around the world and gave me a global career immediately, it’s the only song they sing in my face at airports. It just goes to show the power of one song.”

During his 45-year career, the ‘king of romance’ has always been synonymous with smooth ballads. But he doesn’t like being classed as a ‘crooner’. “No crooner has the range I have,” he says. “I can hit notes a bank couldn’t cash. What I am is a contemporary singer, a stylised performer.”

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