DORSEY Family Tree

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Arnold George DORSEY

Stage name: Engelbert Humperdinck

Born: May 2, 1936
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)

?? DORSEY married ??, children:

  1. Arthur Francis Dorsey

Next Generation

Arthur Francis DORSEY married Rosamond Adelaide HOLT, children:

  1. Ernest Dorsey (1885-1950)
  2. Mervyn Dorsey

Next Generation

Ernest DORSEY (1885-1950)  married Margaret Rose COSHAN (1890-1963), children:

  1. Lillian Dorsey (1912-2003)  
  2. Melita Dorsey (1915-1936)
  3. Thelma Dorsey (1918-2003)
  4. George Dorsey (1920-2002)

Mervyn DORSEY, British Army, married Olive ?? (an anglo indian), 10 children:

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

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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