Humperdinck, born plain Arnold George Dorsey in Leicester, began his fling with South African actress Juliet Prowse, once Sinatra’s fiancee, in 1967, after he had become friends with the Rat Pack.
The singer had been invited to appear on Dean Martin’s hit US television show after his song Please Release Me had become a huge hit in Britain.
‘After the show Dean invited us to his restaurant. Dean was there with his agent Mort Viner and Frank Sinatra, who was with his girlfriend Juliet Prowse, and Jilly Rizzo. Engelbert and I were both terrified. Going to a fancy restaurant was a big deal for us in those days.
‘What made it worse was that during the meal I noticed that Juliet was staring at Engelbert. I could see she fancied him. I took him aside and whispered, “Whatever you do remember that’s Sinatra bird.” I thought that would put him off.’
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