It was when he met up with his old roommate Gordon Mills in 1966, who was then manager for Tom Jones, that the singer's career began to climb.
Mills suggested a new stage name would be far more marketable and so the 30-year-old decided to change his professional name to "Engelbert Humperdinck," borrowing the moniker from the classic German opera composer of the same name. The composer was most famous for the opera "Hansel and Gretel."
In celebration of his 40th anniversary, last September, Humperdinck released "The Winding Road" (Alliance/IDN), a new CD featuring songs
he calls "contemporary British classics," all written by
the likes of James Blunt, Eric Clapton, Elton John, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Christine McVie
To go along with his new album, Humperdinck also launched his new 100-city world tour which kicked off in Nevada earlier this year. He'll be centerstage tonight at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.