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Arnold George DORSEY Born: May 2, 1936

Stage name: Engelbert Humperdinck

HIS stage name comes from the 19th century Austrian composer who wrote Hansel and Gretel. His voice comes from heaven, and he has been a legend in the international music industry for the past 30 years, with more than 130 million records sold.


Engelbert Humperdinck has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to the platinum-selling humorous theme song Lesbian Seagull for the Beavis and Butthead movie. His sense of humor has endeared him to millions of fans around the globe and the MTV generation has just discovered what a magnificent musician the rest of the world has celebrated for decades.


Few people realise that several of the major forces in the world of rock n' roll, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out as opening acts for Humperdinck in the late 60s,70s and 80s.


Engelbert Humperdinck was one of 10 siblings. His father served in the British military, and his mother taught violin and had an operatic voice. He was born Arnold George Dorsey on May 2, 1936, in Madras, India, while his father was stationed there with the British army.


When he was17, Engelbert found himself playing at a pub that sponsored a singing contest. Goaded by his friends to enter, he revealed another vocal talent: impersonations. Arnold George Dorsey gave the world's finest impersonation of Jerry Lewis - even Jerry Lewis still thinks so - and was quickly dubbed Gerry Dorsey by his fans. It became his professional stage name. To this day, Engelbert continues to include a bit with impersonations in his shows as reference to how he got started.


Gerry's manager suggested the new name Engelbert Humperdinck. It was just outrageous enough to be memorable. It would take a man with a secure self-image and sense of humor to pull it off. And thus was born the soon-to-be legend, Engelbert Humperdinck.


And it was Humperdinck, not Elvis, who made famous the sideburns and flamboyant leather jumpsuits. Engelbert often jokingly asserts that Elvis stole the image from him. Nevertheless, the two legends often performed one another's songs, and enjoyed a lasting friendship until Elvis' death. Humperdinck has always enjoyed a healthy rivalry with Tom Jones, and the two actually partnered for 10 years and shared a manager for many, many more. Humperdinck eventually parted company with the manager to employ his own son in the same capacity.



info from Shirley Pritchard (nee Gifford)

Francis Arthur DORSEY served in the British Army (b 1804, d 22 Dec 1871 Poonamallee) at 23yrs on 8 Jan 1827 in Madras married Eliza BONJOUR, children:

  1. Francis Edward Dorsey (b 10 Jan 1831 Jaulnah, Madras, d 2 Jan 1837 Ellore, Madras)

  2. Sarah Matilda Dorsey (b 24 Apr 1841 Kurnool)

  3. Patrick Dorsey (b 1845)

  4. Arthur Dorsey (b 19 Aug 1849, c 16 Nov 1849 Madras)

Next Generation

Sarah Matilda DORSEY (b 24 Apr 1841 Kurnool) at 17yrs on 25 Feb 1859 in Poonamallee married 22yr Thomas QUINNLESS (b 1837 son of Thomas Quinnless), children:

  1. Frederick William Quinnless (b 1867) at 38yrs on 16 Jan 1905 married 19yr Daisy Wilhelmina GEAR (b 1886 daughter of Joseph Gear)

  2. Thomas Quinnless (b 24 May 1873 Poonamallee)

  3. Harriett Amelia Quinnless (b 1859, d 10 Dec 1875 Poonamallee, age 16)

Patrick DORSEY (b 1845) at 24yrs on 8 Nov 1869 in Poonamallee married 18yr widow Anna CORK nee Napier (b 1851 daughter of John Napier), children:

  1.  John Frederick Dorsey (b 1 Feb 1877 Secunderabad)

Arthur DORSEY (b 19 Aug 1849, c 16 Nov 1849 Madras, d 13 Feb 1921 Poonamallee) married Rosamund Adelaide HOLT, children:

  1. James Arthur DORSEY (b 1878)

  2. Maude Rosamund Dorsey (b 1881)

  3. J George Dorsey (b 18 Mar 1883 Madras)

  4. Alexander Ernest Patrick Dorsey (b 27 Aug 1885)

  5. ? Dorsey (stillborn 2 Aug 1887 Vepery)

  6. Louisa Beatrice Dorsey (b 1889)

  7. Francena Elizabeth Dorsey (b 1 Feb 1891 Madras)

  8. Mervyn Albert Mattheas Dorsey (b 10 Feb 1893 Madras)

  9. Childe Harold Theolphilus Dorsey (b 20 Oct 1894 Agra)

  10. Harold Childe Dorsey (b 1896, d 21 Jan 1909 Poonamallee)

  11. Sarah Matilda Dorsey (b 9 Apr 1897 Fategarh, Bengal)

  12. Alfred William Dorsey (b 18 Nov 1900 Bangalore)

Next Generation

James Arthur DORSEY (b 1878) at 31yrs on 27 Jan 1909 in Poonamallee married 21yr Margaret Violet CLARKE, (b 1888 daughter of Bernard Clarke) children:

  1. Mildred Rose May Dorsey (b 22 Jan 1910 Madras, c 8 Feb 1910 Bitragunta)

Maude Rosamund DORSEY (b 1881) at 17yrs on 1 Jun 1898 in Fategarh married 28yr William SANDERS (b 1870 son of Henry Sanders). Children:

  1. Maude Elizabeth Sanders (b 7 Dec 1901 Fategarh)

Maude Rosamund SANDERS nee DORSEY (b 1881) at 24yrs on 5 Jul 1905 in Poonamallee married 35yr George William MARLOW (b 1870 son of John Henry Marlow)


Louisa Beatrice DORSEY (b 1889) at 18yrs on 16 Jan 1907 in Madras married 29yr Patrick St Clare STRACEY (b 1878 son of Thomas Edward Stracey), Children:

  1. Louisa Gertrude Stracey (b 26 Dec 1908 Poonamallee)

Mervyn Albert Mathias DORSEY (b 10 Feb 1893 Madras), British Army, on 24 Oct 1931 in Perambur married Olive Jeanette Maria WEBBER (an Anglo Indian born 6 Jun 1899 Perambur, daughter of Charles Sinclair and Salome Lydia Webber), 10 children:

  1. Priscilla Rosamund Kezia Dorsey (b 21 Aug 1921)

  2. Mavis Olive Matilda Dorsey (b 19 Aug 1923 Perambur)

  3. Arthur Barnabas Charles Dorsey (b 11 Jun 1925 Purel, Bombay Presidency)

  4. Celine Matilda Dorsey (b 18 Sep 1930 Perambur)

  5. Margaret Philomena Dorsey (b 13 Nov 1932, c 1947 Royapuram)

  6. Irwin Joseph Dorsey (b 20 Jul 1934 Madras)

  7. Arnold George Dorsey (b May 2, 1936, in Madras, India) aka Engelbert Humperdinck. His family moved to Leicester, England, when he was 10.

  8. Patricia Ann Sarah Dorsey (b 18 May 1943 Madras)

Alexander Ernest Patrick DORSEY (b 27 Aug 1885)  on 2 Oct 1911 in Madras married Margaret Rosabelle COSHAN (1890-1963), children:

  1. Lillian Dorsey (1912-2003)  

  2. Melita Dorsey (1915-1936)

  3. Thelma Dorsey (1918-2003)

  4. George Dorsey (1920-2002)

Sarah Matilda DORSEY (b 9 Apr 1897 Fatchgarh, Bengal) at 23yrs on 22 Dec 1919 in Madras married 24yr Christopher Edward Holden BALDWIN (b 1895 son of Richard Edward Baldwin), children:

  1. Richard Arthur Baldwin (b 29 Jan 1921 Rangoon)

  2. Edward Stanley Baldwin (b 2 Mar 1926 Agra)

  3. Rosemary Baldwin (b 15 Sep 1930 Murree)

Alfred William DORSEY (b 18 Nov 1900 Bangalore) married Alice ?, children:

  1. Harold Joseph Dorsey (b 17 Sep 1934 Perambur)

  2. Robert Harry Baldwin (b 14 Sep 1935 Landour)

Next Generation

Lilian Mary DORSEY (1912-2003) married Walter Gilbert GIFFORD (1898-1985) , children:

  1. Shirley Mary Gifford (b 1935)

  2. Moyra Margaret Gifford (b 1940)

  3. Patricia Gifford (b 1950)


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