LOS ANGELES (AP) _ As long as he can sing and dance, says Engelbert Humperdinck, he'll never be 70 _ at least not in his heart.
``I look at people who have turned 70 and I think I don't feel that way,'' the British crooner said with a laugh. ``I still dance around onstage and my voice is still strong and everyone in the audience is still screaming.''
The singer, who along with Tom Jones set the standard for deep-voiced pop ballads and bushy sideburns in the 1960s, was to reach that milestone birthday Tuesday.
He was returning to his hometown of Leicester, England, to celebrate with his family, Humperdinck said by phone from Las Vegas, where he spent the weekend performing.
``We'll have a meal and champagne and red wine,'' he said, adding that he'll try to stay away from the cake.
``Well, maybe a little piece. I'm on a diet, always on a diet,'' he laughed.
Then it's back on the road for the performer, who does about 120 dates a year.
Born Arnold George Dorsey, the one-time saxophonist broke through as a singer in the mid-'60s with ``Release Me.'' He took his stage name from the German composer of the 19th-century opera ``Hansel and Gretel.''
``But he just did `Hansel and Gretel,''' Humperdinck quipped. ``He didn't sell 150 million units of his records. ... So there you go.''