By Jae-Ha Kim,Tribune Media Services
July 21, 2011
With more than 60 gold albums and 24 platinum records, Engelbert Humperdinck has a voice (and name) that is known to generations of fans. The 75-year-old musician's repertoire of No. 1 hits includes "Release Me," "There Goes My Everything" and "After the Lovin'." He is touring to support his latest CD, "released." For dates, check his website at engelbert.com.
Q: Where is home for you?
A: City of Angels. Los Angeles. Was it a chosen location because part of my name in German actually means angel, or was it simply a mere coincidence? Actually, it was a real angel, Jayne Mansfield, who first invited me to her home, if ever I should make it to LA in the early days. Years later, I purchased her property, sight unseen, when I made the move from the United Kingdom. "The Pink Palace" became our home for over a quarter of a century, and Los Angeles made its mark on my life forever. I return to my home in England as often as I can. With so much family back in Leicester and innate British pride, I don't think I'd ever give up my open fields and bricks and mortar across the water.
Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?
A: Barbados. When I first made it in the business and forced myself to take a chunk of time away from the road to be with my family, I went to Settlers Beach in Barbados. We would go six weeks at a time with our children, a teacher, my parents, her parents and a friend or two. We'd rent three houses and set up life as if we hadn't a care in the world or a world to get back to. It was perfect. My beautiful wife, Patricia, and I renewed our wedding vows in Barbados a few years ago.
Q: Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A: Paris has to be at the top of the list. I spent my honeymoon there without any money. The city and its excitement and romance saved the day. Everything was painted beautiful under the brush stroke of the magic that is Paris.
Q: What are your favorite cities?
A: London, Sydney, Moscow, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Prague.
Q: Where would you like to go that you have never been?
A: Venice. It slips into my dreams often.
Q: What are your favorite restaurants?
A: Fouquet's (www.fouquets-barriere.com/bars_restaurants_en.php?lang=en) in Paris; Dee Bee's Cafe in Double Bay, Sydney; Woo Lae Oak (woolaeoakbh.com/index2.htm) for Korean in Beverly Hills; Saketini (saketini.com), a tiny treasure in Brentwood for the best fish and calamari salad; and Swatlands Indian Restaurant (swatlandsrestaurant.co.uk) in my hometown of Leicester, England, which has the best curry.
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