Friday 2 March 2012

Engelbert Humperdinck apparently not dead after all

Singer Engelbert Humperdinck has been revealed to be apparently not dead after all after being chosen to represent Britain at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

It had been assumed that Humperdinck – whose real name is Arnold Dorsey – had died sometime in the 1990s, or maybe the early 2000s.

The 75-year-old, dubbed the “King of Romance”, is best known for his 1967 hit Release Me, which kept The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever off the number one spot, but his last UK top 20 single was 40 years ago, leading people to just assume that he was dead, if they thought about him at all.

On hearing the news that Humperdinck would be trying to be the first British winner of the contest since Katrina and the Waves in 1997, Jenny Simmons from Birmingham said, “Isn’t he dead? No? Oh, OK.”

Humperdinck was chosen by the BBC to represent the UK after a meeting where they realised that it was Adam Faith who was the one they were thinking of who had died.

Or maybe the guy from Sweet.

Not since Doris Day had a number one album in 2011 with My Heart have so many people said, “Really? Still alive? Huh.”

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