1967 Engelbert Humperdinck – There Goes My Everything
Arnold George Dorsey was born in 1936 in India, the son of a British Army soldier stationed there. He moved back to England when he was ten and began playing the saxophone. Because of his impersonation of Jerry Lewis, his friends began calling him Gerry Dorsey, a name that stuck while he started singing professionally.
He had roomed with Gordon Mills, who began managing Tom Jones. Gordon convinced him to start using the name of 19th-century German composer Engelbert Humperdinck. He recorded his first single in 1966 and reached the top of the UK chart in 1967 with Release Me. The single also peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 in the US.
Englebert’s next release covered a song that had topped the Country charts in the US in 1966.
Dallas Frazier wrote the chart-topping novelty hit Alley Oop. Country singer Jack Green covered another song he wrote, There Goes My Everything, in 1966. His single topped the Country chart in the US and won Song of the Year and Single of the Year at the first ACM awards show.
Englebert’s version had a mild Country flavor and reached #25 on the Hot 100 in 1967. It unfortunately failed to reach the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart at all.
The single also reached #2 on the UK chart. Englebert was always far more successful in the UK than in the US.
His next single may not appear to have been much more successful in the US since The Last Waltz stalled at #20 on the Hot 100 later that year.
In fact, the record put Englebert on a fresh path: despite its poor showing on the Hot 100, the single reached #6 on the AC Chart. It was the first of eleven consecutive top ten hits on that chart over the next four years. The single was also his second #1 in the UK.
Several of his hits reached the teens on the Hot 100 in 1968 and 1969. His last visit to the Hot 100 top forty came in 1976 when After The Lovin’ peaked at #8. That single also gave Engelbert his last #1 hit on the AC chart.
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