Engelbert was born Arnold George Dorsey on 02 May 1936 in Madras in India.
He was brought up in Leicestershire and had nine siblings.
His show business name was inspired by the composer of the 19th Century opera Hansel And Gretel.
Release Me dominated the number one spot for five weeks in 1967 and It also prevented the Beatles from reaching the top with Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever.
Other successes include The Last Waltz, Am I That Easy To Forget, A Man Without Love, and The Way It Used To Be.
More unusual hits include the song Lesbian Seagull, recorded for the movie Beavis And Butthead Do America.
Leicestershire superstar Engelbert Humperdinck is planning to wind down his career.
|Engelbert in the 1960s|
The singer revealed his plans during an exclusive chat with BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer.
The couple broadcast a special show from the Great Glen home of Engelbert and his wife of more than 40 years, Pat.
Engelbert and Pat, who have four children, gave BBC Radio Leicester an insight into their life together before he found fame and fortune - and afterwards.
|The star in the 1970s|
The 69-year-old singer, who has sold about 150 million records, says he is starting to wind down his career.
Engelbert said: "I do 140 concerts around the world each year so I lead quite a hectic life.
"So in 2006 I am only doing 70 gigs, and the year after that about 50.
"I don't think I can totally give up because show business is in my blood".