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By Carol Perkins

Many articles ago, I told about my days of following Engelbert Humperdink, the King of Romance. A handsome man whose presence drove sane women insane, Engelbert has established a lasting fan base. The last time I saw him was at least fifteen years ago in Las Vegas. I wrongfully assumed he had retired, but at eighty-three, he continues to tour. Good for him!

Recently, a good friend tagged me about a YouTube channel featuring Engelbert. I expected repeats of concerts, but I was wrong. Since the beginning of the pandemic (and even before), he has been recording "Tuesday Musedays" and "Flashback Fridays." These episodes run from five minutes to thirty, with topics ranging from personal to professional. Suddenly, I'm transported to the time when dressing up and going to his concerts, hoping for a chance for a backstage pass (which never happened) was as exciting as a birthday celebration.

At one concert about thirty years ago at the Palace Theater in Louisville, I ended up on stage. Part of his act was to choose two women, bring them to the stage, and sing to them. (I've written about that in the past). After the performance, I came away with his signature red scarf, which I still have.

In one of his Tuesday Musedays, he told of that part of his show and why he had to quit.

One of the women he chose had a lung infection. When he leaned in to learn her name, he knew she was sick, but she denied it. That woman was not about to miss her chance! He contracted the infection and missed two months of shows. That is the risk of kissing each woman. There you have it! I could write a book, "Engelbert Kissed Me."

While watching the dozens of episodes filmed from his English home, I learned he has an ambitious tour date set next year. He is getting in shape, exercising, practicing his vocals, and making plans.

Listening to him pushed me to question what ambitious project do I have for next year? I woke up this morning, and on my new whiteboard, I started a list of goals, none of which include cleaning! If he can tour the country, performing and drawing thousands of fans at his age, the least I can do is get up and get moving. I'm pumped- for now! As for the pandemic, I have to say, "Please Release Me, Let Me Go!"

This story was posted on 2020-09-24 10:33:25
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