Engelbert Humperdinck celebrates 50 years since his iconic song "Release Me" with a new album of his greatest hits, including two brand new tracks. The 2CD collection will be released on Decca/UMe on June 2 (available May 19 outside the U.S.) and includes a remix of Release Me - one of the best-selling singles of all time.
In a career spanning over five decades, Engelbert has sold in excess of 140 million records worldwide - more than Adele, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. He has 64 gold albums, 23 platinum albums, multiple Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of the Year, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he represented the UK in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. He is still performing live, with a 50th anniversary world tour this year.
The new album features 35 of Engelbert's best-loved songs plus two brand new recordings, "I Followed My Heart" and "I Don't Want To Call It Goodbye" - these tracks possess the same elegance and charismatic charm as his previous hits, brought to life by his distinctive silky vocals. With truly heartfelt and poignant lyrics, both new songs have been personally dedicated to his wife of 50 years, Patricia.
"It is wonderful to still be at Decca after all these years! It's remarkable to think that it's been 50 years since 'Release Me', yet I still feel a thrill when I step in front of the microphone to sing and love seeing the great joy it brings my fans," said Humperdinck.
"I'm delighted to have recorded two new songs for the album, which I'm dedicating to my beloved wife Patricia, whose strength and courage is truly extraordinary."
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Engelbert's hit song "Release Me" held the No.1 spot in the UK chart for six weeks in 1967, preventing The Beatles single Penny Lane from reaching the top (and breaking their four-year run of chart toppers). "Release Me" was the highest-selling single in 1967, spending a record-breaking 56 weeks in the charts and hitting the No.1 spot in 11 countries. The song was re-released after being used in a TV advert for John Smith's beer.
Becoming popular on the UK music circuit, he released a single called "Crazybells/ Mister Music Man" on Decca Records in 1959. However after contracting tuberculosis, which silenced him for six months and nearly ended his rising music career, he made a comeback under a new stage name.
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Engelbert's music has transcended time and his voice still continues to reach out to people. The new album celebrates the life and works of an icon with a collection of his greatest hits, along with brand new tracks to be treasured for years to come.
To coincide with the new album, Engelbert will be releasing a new 11-disc box set entitled 'The Complete Decca Studio Albums' on June 2nd. Each of the 11 albums featured in this box set will be released digitally for the first time ever.