There are a handful of entertainers who have played Las Vegas over the course of numerous decades. Some of those artists include Tony Bennett, Sir Tom Jones, Diana Ross, Paul Anka and past CYInterview guest Dionne Warwick [see here].
Another performer in that group is music legend Engelbert Humperdinck. Prior to the pandemic, the singer would come and perform at The Orleans Hotel and Casino just west of the Las Vegas Strip, on an ongoing basis. The English vocalist will turn 85 on Sunday. He started his career back in 1956.
As someone who has continuously played Las Vegas throughout his career, the artist recorded a live album at the Riviera Hotel and Casino that was released in 1971. The vinyl album titled Engelbert Humperdinck Live at the Riviera is a fun listening experience. Much like Tom Jones [see here], Diana Ross [see here] and Elvis Presley [see here] live Las Vegas concert vinyls we have written about recently, this record makes you feel like you are back at the legendary Las Vegas Strip property as well.
The Las Vegas stage performance is a collection of feel-good pop music including Love The One You’re With, You’ll Never Walk Alone and the Kris Kristofferson country music song Help Me Make It Through The Night.
On the record, Engelbert Humperdinck has a lot of interaction with the audience, including with some of his screaming female fans. He even makes a joke about being at the Riviera where Dean Martin had a piece of the hotel. Part of Las Vegas history, it is true that Dean Martin was given a 10 percent interest in the hotel in 1969. The Rat Pack member ended his relationship with the Riviera in 1972.
Even though this vinyl record was released 50 years ago, Engelbert has continued to come to Las Vegas. His last performance was on December 1 of 2019 at The Orleans Showroom. We hope he comes back again soon.
Engelbert Humperdinck Live at the Riviera is available for sale on both Ebay and Discogs.
Happy 85th Birthday Mr. Humperdinck!