Engelbert Humperdinck never wanted to be a singer. A career in music, yes, but he was extraordinarily shy. The youngest boy of a family of ten children originally from Leicester, he grew up in Madras, India, where his father was stationed during World War II. Engelberts childhood was dominated by the love of his parents and his misery and insecurity about his appearance. He knew he could sing harmonies, but the power of his own voice came as a surprise to him and other people. Its just so loud, but I discovered I can be tender with it at the same time.
Like all great icons, he is a man of great depth masculine and loving, shy inside and uninhibited on stage, prepared to play the sex god to the hilt and still at this stage of his career managing to get away with it. My mother's side of the family had the singing voice so I must have inherited that from her. My father was a man's man strong, athletic, charismatic. And I like to do all kind of men things. I love sport, golf, tennis, martial arts, soccer, skiing, but at the same time, yes, I do appreciate women.