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Engelbert Humperdinck joins us for Breakfast

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 11 May 2012

Step aside Sandie Shaw, beat it Bucks Fizz, clear off Katrina (and your Waves!), there's a new Eurovision top dog in town, and he is the legendary Engelbert Humperdinck!

The 75 year old has been making music since the 50s, with Number 1 hits such as "Release Me" and "The Last Waltz" cementing him as one of the most loved pop singers of all time.

Engelbert is stopping by to tell us how he's getting on with his preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Azerbaijan on May 26th.

He'll be first on stage, singing a track produced by Grammy award-winning producer Martin Terefe, and recorded in three different locations across the UK and USA. Our man Humperdinck is going to be the oldest male performing on the night, but we're hopeful that won't be the only piece of history made, as "Love Will Set You Free" rockets to top points!

Music Played

21 items
  • Image for Pulp

    Pulp Disco 2000

    (CD Single), Island, 6

  • Image for Emin

    Emin Baby Get Higher

    (CD Single), Saffron, 1

  • Image for Jigsaw

    Jigsaw Sky High

    Billboard Top Hits 1975, Rhino

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love

    The Best Of Drive Time (Various Artists), Polygram TV, 7

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Suddenly I See

    (CD Single), Relentless Records

  • Image for The J. Geils Band

    The J. Geils Band Centrefold

    And The Road Goes On Forever Vol 1, Debutante

  • Image for Thea Gilmore

    Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny London

    (CD Single), Mighty Village, 1

  • Image for Roger Miller

    Roger Miller King Of The Road

    The No.1 Country Album (Various), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Semisonic

    Semisonic Chemistry

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Small Faces

    Small Faces Itchycoo Park

    Sunny Afternoon - Sound Of The 60's,V, Old Gold

  • Image for Ren Harvieu

    Ren Harvieu Open Up Your Arms

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Picking Up The Pieces

    (CD Single), Universal, 1

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck Love Will Set You Free

    (CD Single), Conehead, 1

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck Release Me

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland

  • Image for Carpenters

    Carpenters Close To You

    The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More, A&M

  • Image for The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience Purple Haze

    The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Universal

  • Image for Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Tears Dry On Their Own

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen I'm On Fire

    Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA, CBS

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman ?

    Don Juan De Marco (Original S/Track), A&M

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck Love Will Set You Free

    (CD Single), Conehead, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    With Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford.

    Did you know that 200 years ago today Spencer Perceval was assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons? How could you possibly have forgotten that? He was the Prime Minister! He must be turning in his grave, wondering 'am I that easy to forget?'
    Amazing, isn't it? Tell them in the pub that Spencer Perceval is dead and they'll wonder what all the fuss is about.
    You know, I think one of the things we fear most is being forgotten. It really matters to us that our place in the world is marked - or, at least, noticed. So, we fear being forgotten, lost to the memory of those whom we love and who we hope love us.
    And maybe that's the key. However anonymous we might be to the vast majority of humanity, it matters that someone loves us and will remember us when we slip from sight or shuffle off our mortal coil. 'A man without love' is a terrible fate - even if it is a great Engelbert song.
    We all need love, don't we, but it comes with an inescapable logic: if you've received love, then give love. You can't say you love God while not giving flesh-and-blood expression to that love by loving your neighbour. That's the deal. And Jesus unashamedly commended the freedom and relief that comes from letting go of our selfish narcissism and finding that, as someone sang recently, 'Love will set you free...'
    So, this morning my plea is dead simple: please release me from the fears and doubts that crave love and affection, and set us free to open up to the loving of those who love us simply for who we are. It's a great starting point. And when it comes to the last waltz in this world, at least we will know that we will never be forgotten.
    Or, if all else fails, we can always hear the last words of God: I can't stop loving you...


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