Best known for number-one hits 'Release Me,' 'The Last Waltz' and 'A Man Without Love' Humperdinck is a four-time Grammy nominee, a Golden Globe recipient, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Humperdinck: I consider myself a thespian of song, and I do two things — I sing through my eyes as well as with my voice. I have never ignored the fact that my fans have supported me and have always paid attention to them. I sign every autograph and shake every hand and have done so for years.
Q: Elvis Presley once confided to his bodyguard that he felt he found a twin brother he had lost at birth when he met you. Did you know he felt that way about you?
Humperdinck: Is that what Elvis said? God, I’ve gone all cold. Honest to goodness I’m not kidding — I’ve got bumps all over my skin. I never knew he felt that way about me. I idolized Elvis and thought he was the greatest talent ever and the most real performer I’ve ever come across.
When you watched Elvis work on stage, you saw that reality come through. He never took his image seriously and often made fun of himself. That was the great thing about him. He had a great deal of humility, and I learned all sorts of messages just watching him.
I remember once teasing him and said, ‘You know Elvis, you stole my sideburns.’ He replied in that beautiful Southern accent of his, ‘Well, if it looks good on you, it’ll look good on me!’
I loved talking to Elvis because he was a very real person. The first time I ever met him, usually you shake hands, but he came up to me and embraced me. I thought that was a fantastic thing to do. He just put his arms around me and gave me a hug. I’m conservative and shy by nature, but when Elvis did that, I felt so good.
Then the first thing he said was, ‘You know, I’ve got all of your albums?’ I said, ‘You’ve got my albums?’
I had been following Elvis from the start of his career. I can remember when he was stationed in Germany (1958-1960). I was stationed there at the same time, and I’d play his records on the jukebox in the mess hall. Then all those years later we got together and became friends.
"Elvis was an amazing man, and I miss him."