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Humperdinck has been described as "one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around". He has sold more than million records worldwide. He later showed an interest in music and began learning the saxophone. By the early s, he was playing saxophone in nightclubs, but he is believed not to have begun singing until he was in his late teens. His impression of Jerry Lewis prompted friends to begin calling him "Gerry Dorsey", a name that he worked under for almost a decade. Dorsey's attempt to get his music career off the ground was interrupted by conscription into the British Army Royal Corps of Signals during the mids. Later, he got his first chance to record in with Decca Records after his discharge. His first single "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" was not a hit, but Dorsey recorded for the same company almost a decade later with very different results. He continued working the nightclubs but in , he was stricken with tuberculosis. He eventually regained his health and returned to nightclub work, but with little success.
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Humperdinck became a regular on the touring circuit, with his songs having been used in several movie soundtracks. He is the second youngest of 10 children born to Mervyn and Olive Dorsey; Humperdinck spent the first 11 years of his life in Madras, where his father worked as an engineer. In , the future crooner moved with his family to England, where they settled in Leicester. A self-described dreamer and loner, Humperdinck dropped out of school at the age of After a stint doing National Service in Germany, he began singing in men's clubs, but it was a hard way to make a living. Singing under the name Gerry Dorsey, Humperdinck scraped by financially. His financial pressures increased when he married his wife, Patricia. The couple eventually had four children together. In attempt to reinvent himself, the performer followed the advice of his new manager, who also oversaw fellow singer Tom Jones. His manager changed his name to Engelbert Humperdinck, the same name as the late 19th century German composer and creator of the opera Hansel and Gretel.