Gogi GrantGogi Grant on the cover of her 2002 collection Her Very Best
Gogi Grant (born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg, September 20, 1924) was an American popular singer.
She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before adopting the name "Gogi Grant" she had used the names "Audrey Brown" and "Audrey Grant." She was given the name "Gogi" by Dave Kapp, the head of Artists and Repertory at RCA Records, who liked to patronize a restaurant called "Gogi's LaRue."
In 1956 she was voted most popular female vocalist by Billboard magazine.
In 1957 she supplied the vocals for Ann Blyth in the movie portrayal of Helen Morgan's life.
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In 1957 she supplied the vocals for Ann Blyth in the movie portrayal of Helen Morgan's life. He is a patron of County Air Ambulance, based in the East Midlands of England. In 1956 she was voted most popular female vocalist by Billboard magazine. I hope the chapters of my life to follow allow me to continue to keep giving back all the love and respect that I have been given.". Before adopting the name "Gogi Grant" she had used the names "Audrey Brown" and "Audrey Grant." She was given the name "Gogi" by Dave Kapp, the head of Artists and Repertory at RCA Records, who liked to patronize a restaurant called "Gogi's LaRue.". "I never knew what was coming next but it's been a wonderful journey. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "The last twenty-five years have been an adventure, a story without a script," Humperdinck told fans in his anniversary tourbook.
Gogi Grant (born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg, September 20, 1924) was an American popular singer. By the time his 1996 record After Dark hit the stores, Humperdinck had sold 130 million records, including 23 platinum and 64 gold releases, and he showed no signs of decreasing his output. "The Wayward Wind" (1956). Like most of Humperdinck's tours, the anniversary was almost completely sold out. "Suddenly There's a Valley" (1955). The tour showcased a career's worth of middle-of-the-road favorites, as well as songs from a special anniversary album recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Polydor Records. "Strange Are the Ways of Love" (1958). In 1992, the singer launched a gala world tour to commemorate 25 years of performing as Engelbert Humperdinck.
For one of these, Reach Out, Humperdinck even penned and performed an anthem for the organization's mission, called "Reach Out." As longtime friend Clifford Elson said of Humperdinck, "[h]e's a gentleman in a business that's not full of many gentlemen.". In addition to involvement with The Leukemia Research Fund, the American Red Cross, and the American Lung Association, Humperdinck contributed to several AIDS relief organizations. Still, he retained his element of humanism, and began major involvement in charity foundations. He had met the queen of England and several American presidents.
In 1989, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Entertainer of the Year. A truly jet-set family, the Humperdinck/Dorsey clan shuttled between homes in England and Beverly Hills, California, where Humperdinck had purchased the Pink Palace, a lush mansion once owned by film star Jayne Mansfield. Perhaps a mixture of business and pleasure had contributed to this success: Humperdinck's four children are involved in their father's career in some way. Despite all this, Humperdinck had managed to maintain a solid family life with his wife, Patricia.
By the 1980s, Humperdinck was fast approaching his fifth decade of life, yet he was still producing albums regularly, performing sometimes more than 200 concerts in a year, and he was still a source of attraction for his female fans. Humperdinck's albums began to cover more musical terrain than ballads alone. Over the years, this arrangement slowly changed, giving Humperdinck full creative freedom. Perhaps part of the reason behind Humperdinck's critical neglect stemmed from his lack of involvement with the recording of albums, whereas he had so much control over live presentation. Until the late 1980s, Humperdinck had little say in which songs were selected for each album, a fact that might have supported claims that he was little more than a pawn of his label's executives.
In addition, the album received a nomination for a Grammy Award, the first major nod Humperdinck had received from critical corners. For one thing, it was the first record Humperdinck made for the Epic label, after almost a decade with Parrot. The release of the album After the Lovin' in 1976 was a relative watermark in Humperdinck's career. "I call them the spark plugs of my success.".
"They are very loyal to me and very militant as far as my reputation is concerned," Humperdinck said of his devotees to Sherwood. By the next decade, the fan mania had grown to giant proportions, reportedly the largest such club in the world, with chapters including "Our World is Engelbert," "Engelbert...We Believe in You," and "Love is All for Enge." While an occasional fan ventured into the realm of obsession-several fanatics claimed to have been pregnant with the singer's offspring-Humperdinck's following of a reported eight million members guaranteed record sales with limited radio air play. By the late 1960s, Engelbert Humperdinck fan clubs had begun to sprout, first in England, later around the globe. "I take the job description of 'entertainer' very seriously! I try to bring a sparkle that people don't expect and I get the biggest kick from hearing someone say 'I had no idea you could do that!'".
"I don't like to give people what they have already seen," Humperdinck was quoted as saying in a 1992 tourbook. Subsequently, Humperdinck's live performances became more crucial in reaching his fans, and the singer responded by producing lavish, energetic extravaganzas that set the standards for Las Vegas-style glamour. While the mood of Top 40 radio quickly changed, Humperdinck's music, more akin to Broadway show tunes than post-Beatles rock, did not. Throughout the rest of the 1960s and into the 1970s, Humperdinck continued to produce million-selling albums of love songs on the Parrot label, and developed increasingly more extravagant stage shows, sometimes over one hundred per year.
What I am is a contemporary singer, a stylized performer.". No crooner has the range I have-I can hit notes a bank couldn't cash. As Humperdinck told the Hollywood Reporter's Rick Sherwood, "if you are not a crooner it's something you don't want to be called. On these grounds, coupled with the fact that most of Humperdinck's recordings are love songs, some critics immediately dismissed the singer as a mere "crooner." While Humperdinck cannot be said to have made significant musical innovations, the freshness, energy, and range of Humperdinck's delivery set him apart from other show business Romeos.
Almost immediately, Humperdinck began to amass legions of devoted fans, many of them female. At its peak, the "Release Me" single sold an unprecedented 85,000 copies daily, but moreover, the slow, powerful ballad became Humperdinck's signature tune, and a staple among adult vocals fans. music charts as well. The song quickly hit the number one slot on the British music charts, and this success reflected on the U.S.
Humperdinck performed "Release Me," a single that had just been released on Parrot Records, and the result was almost instant stardom for the singer. In 1967, in a turn of events seemingly taken from a musical or film melodrama, Humperdinck was contacted to be a last minute replacement on the popular variety show Saturday Night at the London Palladium when its scheduled star, Dickie Valentine, fell ill. With a new image of charm and an association with high culture, Humperdinck was soon to take off. It was then that Humperdinck dropped the name Gerry Dorsey to step into the name of a 19th century German opera composer.
Rather than marketing his protege as a teen pin-up, Mills opted to focus upon Humperdinck's "gentlemanly" personality. Mills, who later helped Welsh singer Tom Jones achieve fame, became Humperdinck's mentor, creating the suave image that the singer retained throughout his career. The singer continued along the British club circuit with only moderate recognition until he was adopted by manager Gordon Mills. The sporadic Gerry Dorsey records made for Decca would only be a footnote in Humperdinck's career.
A year later, Humperdinck released his first single, "Crazy Bells," under the name Gerry Dorsey. Impressed by the vocal precision of a singer lacking formal training, the agent managed to cut a deal with Decca Records. His first break came in 1958, when he was tapped by a talent agent who had seen Humperdinck perform in a local talent contest. Upon his return to England, Humperdinck soon found himself singing publicly for the first time.
Although amateur attempts at singing soon followed, Humperdinck did not commit himself to music until after he had served two years in the British armed forces, stationed in Germany during the mid-1950s. Growing up with ten brothers and sisters in a working-class family, Engelbert became interested in music at age 11, when he took up playing the saxophone. Humperdinck has sold an average of five million records a year since the mid-1960s and has established himself as one of the world's premiere live performers in a number of sold-out tours. He was raised in Leicester, and adopted the stage name Engelbert Humperdinck, after the German composer of the same name.
Engelbert Humperdinck, born May 2, 1936 in Madras, India as Arnold George Dorsey, is a well-known pop singer. http://www.engelbert.com/. Engelbert Humperdinck (composer), 1854-1921. After the Lovin'.
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