Dave’s note: With today’s post, we welcome everyone’s new favorite Funny Names Blogger, Kerbey, to the team! Kerbey has been wowing us with her comments ever since she and Liz bonded over Tom Selleck, and we’re tickled to add her to our list of esteemed experts in the field of Funnynameology! She will be posting every fourth Wednesday. Today, she grabs the bull by the horns and takes on a name we have wanted to cover for quite some time, but hadn’t gotten around to – she’s already making waves. Give Kerbey a warm welcome!
Engelbert Reynolds. That would be a great Wheel of Fortune “before and after” puzzle, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as Engelbert Reynolds, as far as I know. But there is an Engelbert Humperdinck, and he’s in the spotlight today.
First of all, I want to thank BoFN for allowing me to guest-post on this April day. Having a non-traditional name has allowed me to sympathize with others in my position. So when I had to come up with a curious name, it was a no-brainer: singer Engelbert Humperdinck.
It’s not even the fact that his name is odd, as that he had a perfectly normal name and chose to cast it to the wind, discarding it in favor of a less easily-pronounced name–a name that, as we’ll see, wasn’t even original.
In a bid for fame and glory, the man who lived the first 22 years of his life as Arnold George Dorsey
stole chose the moniker of a dead man, the 19th century composer, famous for having written Hansel and Gretel. Both awesome names, you would agree. Here’s the original Engelbert Humperdinck.
Not only do his smooth, majestic forehead and silk bow tie command attention, but check out that ‘stache. Wow. He is indubitably a candidate for the The Mustache Humor Summation, which to be brief is:
Mustache + Funny Name = Awesome Person
Honestly, I wasn’t aware that you could just steal the name of a deceased person, but apparently you can.
Best known for his number one hit, “Release Me,” the second Engelbert denied the label of “crooner,” telling The Hollywood Reporter, “No crooner has the range I have. I can hit notes a bank could not cash. What I am is a contemporary singer, a stylized performer.” Wow. Notes a bank could not cash? He’s the pre-Kanye West! But don’t tell that to the Humperdinckers of the world. Yes, that’s the legit term for his hardcore female fans. It has a ring to it, no?
And he’s grateful, calling his fans “the spark plugs of my success.” Having sold 150 million records worldwide during his 50-year career is a testament to many spark plugs. As his singing career waned in the 70s, he tried to remain relevant with appearances on both The Love Boat and Fantasy Island (what a coup!) .
And lest you find that “Humperdinck” is ringing a bell, but you’re sure it’s not the British Indian pop singer, you may be having a Princess Bride flashback, recalling Prince Humperdinck, played by Chris Sarandon.
But Prince Humperdinck, although royalty, can never be the 77-year-old “King of Romance” that Engelbert is. No contest.