Saturday, June 11, 2016

Perry Como - "It's Impossible" (1970)

Perry Como - "It's Impossible" (Billboard #10, entered 11/14/70; easy listening #1). Written by Armando Manzanero and Sid Wayne. Produced by Ernie Alschuler. 45: "It's Impossible"/"Long Life, Lot's of Happiness" (RCA Victor 1970). LP: It's Impossible (RCA Victor 1970).

This song first hit big in Mexico, when its composer, Armando Manzanero, recorded and released it in 1968 as "Somos Novios" (we're a couple). Como's re-do with new lyrics by Sid Wayne sounded like a cinematic farewell with its shimmering strings and crashing piano. The song would, in fact, be Perry Como's final Top Ten hit and the last grand opus for the prolific arranger Marty Manning, who had first made a name for himself on Tony Bennett hits like "Rags to Riches" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

Perry Como - "It's Impossible"

Also see: A KMPC Playlist circa 1971

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