EngelbertHumperdink, one of true legends in the music industry, brought a taste of Las Vegas to the Lynn Auditorium Sunday night in a spectacular 90-minute show.
From the moment he walked on the stage in a dark, blue suit and bright red shirt, to the end of his performance when he exchanged warm handshakes with fans in the front row and tossed red handkerchiefs in to the audience, Engelbert was in total command of his talents.
Backed by a sensational eight-piece band and two talented singers, Engelbert delivered a five-star performance, highlighting the show with renditions of his memorable hit songs, including “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz” and “After the Lovin.”
He told some humorous stories, noting his friendship with Dean Martin and Hawaiian star Don Ho, and meeting a then, 5-year-old Bruno Mars during an appearance at a show in Hawaii. During Sunday’s show, he performed Mars’ hit song, “Just the Way You Are,” and a duet with his granddaughter, Olivia, who appeared on a large screen on the stage.
For Engelbert’s fans from Lynn, the show was an enjoyable trip down memory lane with one of the all-time vocalists.
“He was just great,” said Estelle Revelotis. “Seeing him and hearing him again was fabulous. The minute he started to sing one of his famous songs and asked the audience to sing along, the words magically came back. Engelbert brought back many memories and his show was wonderful.”
Lynn residents Peter and Caroline LaPIerre, parents of popular Councillor-at-Large Brian LaPierre, said Engelbert’s “After the Lovin’’ was their wedding song that was performed by a three-piece band at their reception at the Revlon Plaza in Malden on June 11, 1972.
“This is so exciting to see and hear Engelbert in person,” said Caroline. “What a night. The people [at the Lynn Auditorium] do a tremendous job with all their shows here. We’re fortunate to have such a great venue like this in Lynn.”
Indeed it was a triumph all around as Engelbert, at 82, showed what musical royalty is to a large and appreciative audience at the Lynn Auditorium.