The Las Vegas Walk of Stars is about to get another name added to its long list of celelbrities. Global music superstar Engelbert Humperdinck will be honored with a 55th star dedication ceremony today at Paris Theater at the Paris. His children Louise, Scott and Bradley Dorsey have donated the star.
“I am truly proud to be receiving this accolade from the City of Lights. Ever since my dear fiend Dean Martin presented me at the Riviera Hotel in 1968, my love affair with this wonderful city was cemented,” Engelbert said in a statement. “To join an illustrious group of my contemporaries is both humbling and exciting.
“I thank Las Vegas for all that it has taught me throughout the decades that I have been fortunate to tread the many stages around this town. I also thank my children for their love and support and my beautiful wife Patricia for being my best friend.”
“We are proud to honor Engelbert Humperdinck with a star on the Las Vegas Strip,” said Bob Alexander, president of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. For more than four decades, the international icon has shared a legacy of love with fans of every age on every continent.
Engelbert’s impressive achievements include four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of t he Year, 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and now he’s joining an elite group of music artists such as Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach who have successfully crossed over with a younger generation while still entertaining their core audience. Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters started out as opening acts for Engelbert in the late 1960’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s.
He’s even interfered with The Beatles having their 13th consecutive No. 1 single when his version of “Release Me” stalled The Beatles “Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever” from the top spot.
The musician boasts more than 100 million fans and some 250 fan clubs and has sold over 130 million albums in his career. His albums range from romantic ballads to the platinum-selling “Lesbian Seagull” for the latest Beavis and Butthead film!
Engelbert’s latest album Released includes songs such as a cover of the Bob Seger classic “We’ve Got Tonight.” Released also is the name of his latest world tour, a romantic tour that is taking him from Paris to Moscow to Manchester, and Victoria to Vienna to the Las Vegas Strip’s Paris.
His shows at the Paris start Thursday and run through Sunday and mark the start of several semi-residency concert appearances here over the next two years.
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