It's Impossible - December 1970

It's Impossible  ( Somos Novios )

Original music and Spanish lyrics by Canache Armando Manzanero, 1970
with English lyrics by Sid Wayne
BMG Songs Inc. ASCAP & BMG / EDIM, S.A. DE C.V.
 
Original single recording 1970
 
Arranged and Conducted by Marty Manning
Produced by Ernie Altschuler
Produced by Ernie Altschuler
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 3:12 Intro: 14 End: Cold
 
Recorded May 5, 1970  ~ Matrix No. ZPA1-5388 Take 1 +
Remake May 6, 1970  ~ Matrix No. ZPA1-5388 Take u/k
Lyrics
SESSION MUSICIANS
 
Orchestra Session
AFTERNOON 1:30PM TO 4:30 PM 
 
Leader / Arranger: Marty Manning
Contractor: Sandy Block 
Copyist: Wedo Matasco
 
Cello ~ George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro, Charles McCracken, Seymour Barab
Violin ~ George Ockner, Tosha Samaroff, Sylvan Shulman, Mac Ceppos, Jack Zayde,
Julius Schacter, Max Pollikoff, Max Hollander, John Rublowsky 
Trombone ~ Buddy Morrow, Warren Covington, Tony Studd, Alan Raph 
Piano ~  Dick Hyman
Guitar ~ Vinnie Bell, Jay Berliner 
Fender ~ Ron Carter 
Drums ~ Donald McDonald
Conga ~ Ray Berretto 
 
Original issue: Victor 74-0387 Side 1
Single Flip Side: "Long Life, Lots of Happiness"
US Chart Position No. 10 
Charted Adult Contemporary No. 1
 
Note: At least two separate 'takes' were recorded for "It's Impossible" on the 5th and 6th of May, 1970, but it's not known which one was released as the original single and included within the album. The original release was included in the 1976 compilation "A Legendary Performer" and within the album notes Perry makes reference to having recorded the song twice. The alternate take of this recording was inadvertently included within the 1992 compact disc release of this album.
 

This 1970 hit was Perry's first big success since 1958, when he struck gold with 'Catch a Falling Star'. Somehow, he had managed to survive the change in musical style of the 1960s and made a 'comeback' with a new hit. The melody was by one of Mexico's most prolific and melodic songwriters ( and performers ), Armando Manzanero. Sid Wayne, who composed such hits as 'See You in September' and 'The Language of Love', wrote the lyrics. 'It's Impossible' helped to bring pretty melodies back into rock-heavy popular music and is well on the way to becoming Perry's 14th Gold Record.

( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

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