Engelbert Humperdinck Remembers His Friend Elvis Presley For His 80th Birthday - Noise11.com
Engelbert Humperdinck and Elvis Presley photo courtesy of Scott Dorsey

Engelbert Humperdinck and Elvis Presley photo courtesy of Scott Dorsey

Engelbert Humperdinck Remembers His Friend Elvis Presley For His 80th Birthday

by Paul Cashmere on January 11, 2015

in News

Elvis Presley would have turned 80 in this past week and a man who knew him well and considered him one of his closest friends was Engelbert Humperdinck.

Engelbert was a few years younger than Elvis and befriended the American legend when he first broke into the USA in the mid 60s. They remained the closest of friends until Elvis’ death in 1977.

“He was wonderful, one of the dearest people I have met in my life,” Engelbert tells Noise11.com. “He was one of the most kind-hearted, benevolent people you will ever come across. He would be driving in his car and see somebody on the street in bare feet and whatever he had in his pocket he would take and give it to them and say ‘get yourself a pair of shoes’. He was that kind of guy”.

Elvis met Engelbert when he came to an Engelbert show. “The first time I met him he had come to meet me,” Engelbert said. “He came to see my show first before I went to see him. Believe me, it took me a good 10 minutes to quiten the audience down once I introduced him. He stood up and he had a cape on and he opened the cape as he stood in the booth in Las Vegas with the cape open like Batman. The audience went absolutely berserk and I said “shhhh, this is my show”. No, I couldn’t quieten then down. So I brought out some of my big gun songs to try and quieten then down which I did in the end. He came backstage and he said “thank you very much, what a great show”. This is how humble he was. He said, “thank you for introducing me”. Elvis! I said “Elvis, I can’t thank you enough for being at my show”. He was such a nice guy, a very nice guy.

Elvis copied his trademark sideburns from Engelbert. “I had them in 1965 and Elvis put his on in 1972,” Engelbert said. “The true story is this … he had a lady sketching him to find an outfit for him to go on his world tour. That’s where the white jump suit came in. She designed this white jumpsuit with the high collar and the long black side-burns. She presented it to him and he went (in Elvis voice) “Hell, that’s not me, that’s Engelbert Humperdinck”. So therefore you know who had it first”.

Engelbert also said that one of Elvis’ biggest problems was the wrong people around him. “I think he was mishandled by his friends and he was a great loss to our industry,” he said.

Elvis would have been 80 on January 8, 2015. Engelbert will turn 80 on May 2, 2016.

Engelbert Humperdinck, the Noise11 interview

Listen to the Noise11 Music News channel now at iHeartRadio

Follow Noise11.com on Facebook and Twitter

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Jason Singh as a kid with his mum at Graceland
Jason Singh is up for the Elvis Challenge if Baz Luhrmann wants him

Taxiride singer Jason Singh says he would totally be up for a role in Baz Lurhmann’s new Elvis movie if Baz wanted him.

May 6, 2019
Legends In Concert Kevin Mills as Elvis Presley
Legends In Concert is an Historic Snapshot of Rock and Pop

Legends In Concert brings the Vegas experience to Melbourne but it's a whole lot more than that. The attention to detail and authenticity of the performance is what makes Legends In Concert a fun night out.

January 14, 2019
Legends in Concert
Legends In Concert boss Mark Kogan was the man who told Sinatra that Elvis had died

On the day Elvis Presley died, Mark Kogan was sent to tell Frank Sinatra the news. Kogan manages the world’s most successful tribute show ‘Legends In Concert’.

January 7, 2019
Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley Releases Duet With Elvis

Lisa Marie Presley broke down in tears while recording a new duet with her late dad, because the project made her feel connected to him.

August 13, 2018
Jimmy Barnes Working Class Boy The Soundtracks
New Music Releases For 10 August 2018

Major new titles coming this week from: Elvis Presley, Ben Khan, Man with a Mission, Primal Fear, Marillion (live), Jason Mraz, The Magpie Salute, Morgan Evans, Nicki Minaj, Jimmy Barnes, il Divo, Dan Parsons and Jake Shears.

August 10, 2018
DJ Fontana
R.I.P. DJ Fontana 1931-2018

Elvis Presely’s first and longtime drummer Dominic Joseph ‘DJ’ Fontana, who played on countless Presley hits has died at the age of 87. DJ recorded with Elvis beginning in 1956 and throughout the 1960s, most notably on "Hound Dog," “Jailhouse Rock,” “Treat Me Nice” and “All Shook Up.” DJ was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman in 2009.

June 15, 2018
Elvis Presley, noise11.com, Photo
Elvis Presley 68 Special Is Heading Back To Cinemas

Fathom Events has announced a strategic partnership with Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a brand development, marketing and entertainment company, and owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises LLC. The partnership kicks off this summer with an exclusive two-day theatrical release of Elvis' legendary "'68 Comeback Special," directed and produced by Steve Binder, to cinema audiences worldwide.

June 4, 2018