Engelbert Humperdinck, he’s still got it

Engelbert_IMG0903Growing up in a middle income suburb, my siblings and I had everything growing kids would need. Like so many households in America, the front living room of your house was off limits for children, that’s where our parents kept the good stuff. Only allowed to enter for special events or if we had some special guests, there was no TV or video game consoles in this room. It was where the best looking furniture resided, forgo the plastic covering, thank goodness, along with some fancy looking glass sculptures, a curio cabinet with an extensive collection of owls of all shapes and sizes, a golden plush carpet, a bookcase adorned with images of butterflies, (we were allowed to enter to access the Enclyopedia set of course), family pictures and delicate heirlooms placed lovingly on the side tables. But what caught my eye, or ear, was this new technology recently added to the room. A quadraphonic sound system which utilised 8-track tapes, the equivalent of todays surround sound but back in the 70’s it was revolutionary for a in-home stereo. And when we had the chance to listen to it, it was something special although quite finiky as far as functionality, the record player was much more reliable. I listened to much of my parents music collection, and there were a batch of artist that I enjoyed also, Harry Neilson, Seal and Crofts, Edgar Winter, the Beatles. And this is where I first heard Engelbert, perhaps not my favourite out of my parents collection, but he was right up there. There weren’t many artist in that era with such a gracious sound, Tom Jones comes to mind or the modern day equivalent may be something of a Michael Bublé.

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The setlist was just hit after hit and he had the fans eating out of his hand, it’s always a pleasure to witness such a consummate performer, he made it look easy, with is the sure sign of a pro. A special treat for the almost sold out crowd at Araneta Coliseum, and about midway through a lucky fan was even invited up onstage for a selfie with the band, a silk scarf and a kiss form the man himself.

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Towards the end of the concert, when he came close to the edge of the stage, one fan made her way over to shake his hand, soon after that, the flood gates opened and many folks were rushing down front. As security did their jobs and started to get people back in their sets, Engelbert got the attention of the lead security and gestured, let them stay where they are. He even signed an album, posed for selfies, threw silk scarves into the crowd, and shook hands with everyone he could reach, gracious indeed.

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An impressive concert indeed, felt fortunate to photograph this one!
Next time, I’m bringing an 8-track tape to ask him to sign.
Here’s a few more images from the show…

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8 thoughts on “Engelbert Humperdinck, he’s still got it

  1. Lovely photos and article…. have been a dedicated fan since 1967 when ”Release me” was first aired – have been lucky enough to see Engelbert 4 times – magnificent concerts!! Thank you!

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  2. Wow! Thank you, than you StephenLaVoie, you have beautifully captured and conveyed the magic of Engelbert!
    We, his fans, feel it and are transported each time we see him. Many do not understand it. Hopefully you have conveyed our thoughts with your great commentary convincing them to “try it you will probably love it”.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Carol Bishop

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  3. What a awesome presentation this was !! I have been following Engelbert since the early 1970s and enjoyed the pictures and the write up. All of it was so true. I remember all these things well with joy. Enge has a class act and I will continue to attend his concerts till the day I die or till the day he retires. No need to retire Enge. Your voice and stage presence is as great as it was in the 1970s.

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  4. Thank you for the wonderful pictures…….and yes he still has it. Met him over 20 years ago through his daughter and we became friends. Bobbie Mayo

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