You're The First, The Last, My Everything
Leicester, United Kingdom
The LEGEND that is Engelbert Humperdinck takes centre stage with his cover rendition of
"You're The First, The Last, My Everything". Marking the first official single in years, Humperdinck has taken a Soul Classic and made it his own. Initially a UK No.1 record for soul legend Barry White in 1974, this version offers listeners familiarity in its lyrics and uniqueness in its style and execution.
For those who don't know, Humperdinck is one of the leading legends in British Pop Culture who has been performing under the stage name "Engelbert Humperdinck" since 1965. You may be wondering where the inspiration for this name came from. That would be the German Composer of the same name, father to the opera Hansel and Gretel (1893). Prior to this, Humperdinck performed under the name of "Gerry Dorsey" in the late 1950s. As you can see, Humperdinck is an artist that has been true to his artistry for over 60 years achieving things that most of us can only dream of, including receiving an MBE from The Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and representing the United Kingdom during the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.
Humperdinck's release of "You're The First, The Last, My Everything" is an absolute gem! It's difficult as an artist to take the song of another artist and put your own spin on things, the pressure that comes with it can be intense and full of anxiety but here, it seems to be something that has been done with ease and skill! The essence of the original remains within this version, the soulful elements are 100% within the piece where they have been interpreted into Soul Rock by Humperdinck. Something that stands out within this skilful production is the specific integration of the instrumentation. A typical rock setting combines with that of the Blues to produce electrifying guitar, keys and piano solos in between a funky rock-inspired upbeat tempo.
When I was introduced to this spectacular release, I was more than intrigued by how two artists with such distinctly different sounds could perform the same song but the second I pressed play it all made sense! I urge you to do the same, you don't want to miss this!
Engelbert Humperdinck's interpretation of "You're The First, The Last, My Everything" is a spectacular version that merges genres and generations to capturvate the hearts of many on an international scale. - Tamara Jenna