Engelbert Humperdinck is one of the best-known singers in the world, despite rarely being in the top charts these days. One lesson he’s learned from his decades-long career is to make sure your agents and handlers always have your best interests at heart.

“I have been handled by some of the wrong people, and my career hasn’t waned in any way, it perhaps stood still for a while,” the singer told uInterview in an exclusive video. “But being a recording artist, recording is my life-blood.”

Humperdinck’s latest albumThe Man I Want to Be, is dedicated to his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. While he initially wanted the album to be completely new songs, the singer recorded some covers as well, a skill he is known for.

Despite some setbacks, Humperdinck always found a way to sell a steady stream of albums, starting with his 1966 cover, “Release Me.” “My early sales, for instance from 1967 to ’74 I sold 120 million albums, that was unbelievable, then after that there was a lapse, and altogether now, it’s just over 150 million,” he said. “You don’t see me in the charts frequently but I’m a kind of constant seller, which is different but you do sell. I’ve been very lucky.”

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