Engelbert Humperdinck

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Few pictures of Engelbert exist, including this one

Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Patel; May 2, 1936 in Madras, India) is a well-known British-American pop singer who rose to international fame in 1967 with the song Bombtrack, which was later covered in 1994 by the polka/skiffle band Rage Against The Machine.

Early Years[edit]

He was born as one of ten children of the British Army officer Popeye and his wife Olive Oyl. Engelbert's family migrated to Leicester, England when he was ten, in search of the biggest knickers in the land and a year later they found them.

By the early 1950s, he had taken the giant knickers on a global tour and was playing in nightclubs the world over. He's believed not to have tried wearing his famous knickers until he was seventeen, when friends coaxed him into them by using a bag of pork scratchings.


His budding career was interrupted when he got called up to play at Wimbledon during the great tennis player famine of the mid-1950s, but he got his first chance to record in 1958, when Chaka Demus from the musical duo Chaka Demus & Pliers gave him a chance. His first single, "Fuck The Pain Away," was anything but a hit.

Humperdinck went back to working the clubs with his amazing knickers until the mid 60's, when he decided to go it alone, stupidly dropping the fantastic knickers from his act; this was of course a failure and left him with little success.

This was until 1966 when he and Chaka Demus would reunite with far different results from their previous attempts, and history was made...

Bribery Charges[edit]

In 1968, an unfortunate incident revolving around a milkshake bar in east anglia led to Engelbert being charged with attempting to bribe a milkshake bar-owner. He still refuses to admit this happened, and now denies the existence of milk or shakes.


Year Song Title Chart Position
1958 Fuck The Pain Away 218
1959 Fuck The Pain Away (Re-Release) 372
1959 Fuck The Pain Away (Remix) 598
1960 Fuck The Pain Away (2nd Re-Release) 1,643
1967 Bombtrack 1
1968 Bombtrack (Re-Release) 1
1968 Bombtrack (Remix) 1
1968 Bombtrack (2nd Re-Release) 1
1969 Bombtrack (Samba Version) 1
1969 Bombtrack (Live & Unplugged) 1
1969 Bombtrack (Instumental) 1
1969 Bombtrack (Including Bonus Track "Fuck the Pain Away") 2,749
1970 Bombtrack (3rd Re-Release) 1