The British crooner who originally performed under the name Gerry Dorsey didn't become a star until after he began calling himself Engelbert Humperdinck (after the 19th century classical composer who wrote the opera Hansel and Gretel). Throughout the 1960s and '70s, the younger Humperdinck's manly baritone, photogenic, leading-man image, and romantic balladry made him a bona fide pop star. He scored numerous hits, mostly with grand-scale love ballads such as "Release Me" and "A Man Without Love." Even after the hits stopped coming, though, he never ceased to be a major concert attraction. And unlike many of his contemporaries his voice became richer with age, and his style more soulful, so that he earned a Grammy nomination for his 2003 gospel album Always Hear the Harmony.