A career of more than 50 years, record sales of more than 150 million and friendships with legends like Elvis Presley and Dean Martin are perhaps enough for most people.
But Engelbert Humperdinck, purveyor of classics like Release Me and The Last Waltz, has another, rather surprising, twist on his bow.
He happened to be there several years ago during a tour through Germany.
Engelbert suffered a viral infection that he could not shake for four months. Engelbert visited an iridopist, an alternative therapist who claimed to diagnose health problems by studying the iris of the eye, which healed within two weeks.
Engelbert Humperdinck, 82, (pictured in 2012 with his wife Patricia, 79) is confident that his wife will be cured of Alzheimer's disease after ten years ago
He then said to me: "You have healing powers", so of course I laughed at him, & # 39; says Engelbert.
But he insisted that I had an aura. So I pray about people and sometimes it works.
& # 39; There was a lady in Leicester who had cancer and came to me for treatment.
She had lived for about six weeks, but she lived for nine years, so maybe I'm partly responsible.
& # 39; Another man I knew had Bell's paralysis [a type of facial paralysis] and his mouth was here, "he says and pulls his lip up.
I prayed for him and his lip came down within three minutes. People think I'm crazy, but I do not care. If I can help someone in any way, I think that's fine. & # 39;
Engelbert, or & # 39; Scary, as in Stonehenge & # 39 ;, looks fine.
Now, 82, he could come across a good few decades younger, thanks to that trademark with luxuriant haircut (& # 39; I've been dyeing it since my 20s, but it's still completely mine, & says; he, it gives a sharp jerk) and a newly developed physique.
He has a new Christmas album, & # 39; and I recently filmed a special movie in Hawaii, so I decided to lose some weight.
I drunk shakes, worked in my gym and spent half an hour in my sauna. I lost two stones.
I also lie on my deck to get a tan, but I do not use ordinary suntan lotion – I use a mixture of olive oil and vinegar.
Engelbert (pictured with Patricia, son Scott, his wife Jo and their children) and his wife have been together for 62 years and married for 54 years
& # 39; It makes your skin smooth and darker in real haste.
& # 39; Here, look, & # 39; he says, helping his shirt torn open and displaying an impressively sleek, tanned box. I am in good health. & # 39;
Although Engelbert hardly seems to need his own healing powers, he admits that the only person in the world whom he would most like to help is unfortunately out of his reach.
& # 39; With every healer they say that the only person they can not help is their partner because they are too close. However, I still pray about my wife. I do everything I can. & # 39;
Just over ten years ago, his wife Patricia, now 79, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and has 24-hour care in the family home in Bel Air, California, where we meet.
I miss her at night, holding her presence
The couple has been together for 62 years and has four children. Engelbert & # 39; s eyes moisten while he talks about his wife.
& # 39; She is doing well because she has had it for ten years now, "he says.
In fact, she still knows me and knows everyone. Our son Scott came from Australia a few days ago and she called him by his name.
& # 39; That is totally unheard of because after ten years [of Alzheimer’s]nobody can say people's names like that.
& # 39; And when Scott went back to Australia, she cried, so she knows who he is.
& # 39; But we do everything we can to help her. I have acupuncturists who see her, and also my regular doctor, who is great.
Engelbert (pictured with Patricia in 1968 and their children Louise and Jason) has revealed that he is exploring every avenue to have Patricia cure, including her to see healers and explore the holistic world
& # 39; I also have people from the holistic world and I have taken her to see healers. I want her to see everyone because I think it's important to explore every road.
& # 39; Someone will hit that nerve that will help her heal. That is what I am looking for and I will search until I find it. & # 39;
Although there is no cure for the disease, Engelbert remains moving and firmly convinced that the health of his wife will improve.
& # 39; She'll be right back. I know she will do it, "he emphasizes.
& # 39; And she has already seen signs of improvement. In the old days, when you walked into her room, she just stared, but now she'll turn around and look at you and smile.
& # 39; It is great to see the changes take place. When the children come over, she remembers them. And she remembers me.
& # 39; Every time I enter her, she crawls to a kiss.
Oh God, she gives me a nice kiss every time, & # 39; he grins, "so I do not kiss her once, I kiss her several times to make sure my lips are registered in her mind.
& # 39; It's really great. But of course I miss her. We have been married for 54 years and I miss her in my boudoir.
& # 39; I miss it for her & # 39; to hold at night and feel its presence. & # 39;
Engelbert (pictured with Patricia in 1968) says that although his wife does not talk too much, he continues to talk to her as if nothing is wrong, because she can still understand it
He noticed for the first time a problem when Patricia started forgetting phone numbers & # 39; and when we got the diagnosis, it was such a shock & # 39 ;, he says.
& # 39; But from the beginning I wanted to make sure.
& # 39; I heard from a good friend about a doctor in Germany who carried out stem cell operations, so I immediately took her there and paid a large amount to have this operation done.
"They said that if she underwent this operation, she would be OK, but it did not work.
& # 39; This was about eight years ago and I think it was a little early in the stages of stem cell therapy at that time.
& # 39; But who knows? Perhaps it contributed to her long life, which I am grateful for. But she gets good medical attention and as long as I have a breath in my body, I will foresee that.
& # 39; She does not talk too much, & # 39; he continues, & # 39; but I think it's important to talk to her as if nothing is wrong, because I know she can still understand it.
I will go inside to see her and say, "Good morning, my love", and sometimes she will say "Good morning" back, and sometimes not.
Engelbert (pictured with Patricia in 2011) claims that some of his texts relate to very personal subjects and he may find it difficult to sing
"But when I say," How are my babies doing? "Then she says," You are my baby, "which is great.
I pick her up and try to hold her. She is not walking very well now, but she will walk again, I promise you.
& # 39; I do everything I can and trust. & # 39;
Although Engelbert is optimistic, he admits quietly that his wife's condition is hard to bear.
& # 39; It's hard & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; When I perform, a song text will sometimes touch my personal life and it can be difficult to sing.
For example, if I sing How I Love You, I will suffocate.
To straighten my teeth, I lay on them at night
& # 39; But I think my audience understands and forgives me. My latest album, The Man I Want To Be, is really a love letter to my wife.
& # 39; I do not really talk to anyone about her illness and I try to tackle it on my own as best I can. It is what it is and you just have to take care of your responsibilities.
& # 39; Many people would have put their wife or husband in a house, but that never occurred to me.
& # 39; But I miss my wife, our communication, "he says. & # 39; It is sometimes lonely without hair. & # 39;
It was love at first sight when the couple met in 1956 at the Palais de Danse in Leicester, where Engelbert grew up (he was born in Madras, India, and moved to Great Britain at the age of 11).
Only 20 years old and then the ordinary old Arnold Dorsey, he tried to make a name for himself as a singer.
Engelbert (photo production in 2016) had a number one hit in 1967 that prevented The Beatles from reaching their 12th consecutive card-topper
The couple married in 1964 and a year later he joined manager Gordon Mills, who also led Tom Jones.
Mills convinced the young Arnold Dorsey to change his name to the much memorable Engelbert Humperdinck and the success soon followed.
He had a No 1 hit in 1967 with Release Me – remarkable that he spent 56 weeks in the charts and that he was the song that prevented The Beatles from reaching their 12th consecutive hit-topper with double A-side Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever – and the couple went from living in a small flat in the Hammersmith in London to a Beatle as their neighbor in a luxury enclave in Surrey.
& # 39; We had a dog with the name Cheb, & # 39; he says, & # 39; and he always went to John Lennon's house and stole the bread from his door.
& # 39; John shouted it out: & # 39; Tell those Humperdinck to get his bloody dog tied up! & # 39; & # 39;
Elvis was a friend (he even copied Engelbert's sideburns), as did Dean Martin, who rented the home of Engelbert in Las Vegas when he was gone.
I'll come back to the house and find cigarettes on the furniture, "he says," but I never said anything because I adored the man. & # 39;
While Engelbert continued to enjoy enormous worldwide success, he had broken ties with Gordon Mills in the late 1970s.
Engelbert and Tom Jones (photo 's who performed a duet in 1969) shared the same manager Gordon Mills until they broke the ties in the late seventies
He calls the step now & # 39; the worst business decision I ever made, because I did not realize that I had to give up all my possessions in the company and in fact had to start all over again – his lawyers took me in a lot and 39 ;.
It also led to a feud of decades between Engelbert and Tom Jones, who, Engelbert says, never really forgave him because he did not stay with Mills.
& # 39; But I am still there, still at work. My walls are covered with gold and platinum albums and maybe it's because of the number of albums I've sold that he has a bee in his bonnet about me.
& # 39; Because, & # 39; he says with a grin, & # 39; I have sold double what he has sold! & # 39;
When Linda's 59-year-old wife, Linda, died of cancer two years ago, Engelbert came into contact? Oh yes, I have sent my sympathy & # 39 ;, he says, & # 39; but I have never had a return service.
& # 39; But that's okay. I played my role. And I would give him a hand in the blink of an eye.
& # 39; It was so sad when Linda died because she was a sweet girl. She was also a very dear friend of my wife.
"Tom loves my wife and my family – he just can not find me and I do not know why, because I've tried many times to make amends.
I hate grudging resentment. & # 39;
Engelbert (pictured with Tom Jones in 1969) claims that he has tried to make amends with Tom Jones
The froid door between the two men exists despite, or perhaps because of, they have more in common than they want to recognize: those beautiful voices, the lifespan of their career and of course their love for women.
Neither has made a secret of the fact that they have not always been faithful in their marriage (Engelbert once claimed that he had more paternity suits than ordinary suits) and as he now says: & # 39; You think the grass goes to be greener, but you do not find it.
I think it's because you live only one life and want to try things, so you do.
"Yes, I hurt my wife, but my true love has always been where it started."
He admits that he never had confidence in his appearance.
I was very unsure of myself when I was young and an ugly little beggar with excellent teeth, so I lay & # 39; overnight on them to try to straighten them & # 39 ;, and admitted that he was & # 39; flattered by all the attention I received from woman.
& # 39; There have been temptations along the way, and if you are in this industry, you are expected to make things like that happen.
& # 39; But I now live a very happy and contented life. & # 39;
Is he still getting women to throw their underwear on the stage? & # 39; Sometimes. And it was great when it happened, "he admits.
I used to have truckloads from them and after the show I would give them to memorabilia museums. & # 39;
Engelbert (pictured in 2012) revealed that he finds it difficult to travel because he does not like to leave his wife
His fanbase is still considerable, although it may not include the Eurovision Song Contest panel, which put him in second place in the 2012 competition – something that is still a bit reckless.
"Half of the artists were not professional," he says, "and an act cooked on stage."
The Russian entry consisted of six singing grannies who opened their performance by putting some bread in an oven; they became second.
& # 39; But I was proud to represent my country. & # 39;
He still tours, but admits he finds it difficult, because I do not like to leave my wife.
& # 39; As soon as I arrive at the airport, I call home and ask: & # 39; How is my baby doing? & # 39; And when I arrive at the other end, I call again.
I'm going to take her to the shows – she came a few years ago. But she's coming back.
Engelbert Humperdinck's new album, Warmest Christmas Wishes (photo) released on Friday, is his first Yuletide offer in four decades
"We still have a home in Leicester and I hope my wife will be able to travel more next year so we can spend next Christmas in England."
It is a festive time that has always been important to Engelbert and his latest album, Warmest Christmas Wishes, will be his first Yuletide offer in four decades.
With classics such as Silent Night and White Christmas, but also hits such as Chris Rea's driving home for Christmas and the Christmas carol of his friend Gilbert O & # 39; Sullivan, is proof that the honeyed singing of Engelbert, just like the man itself, still goes very strong.
Interview about, he lets me in the dining room and offers me "what moonshine a friend has made for me & # 39; – it almost takes my head off, but it has no perceptible effect on The Hump, which is clearly made of solid stuff.
& # 39; Oh, that's me, & # 39; he says.
People always ask me when I retire and I say, "Why?" As long as I have a career and a continuation, why should I stop? The best feeling I get is when I walk on stage. And, & # 39; he adds, & # 39; I keep going until God calls me. & # 39;
Warmest Christmas Wishes will be released on Friday.