It's Impossible  ( Somos Novios )

Original music and Spanish lyrics by Canache Armando Manzanero, 1970Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
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
Orchestra Session
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
UK Single release: RCA 2043 ( January 1971 )
Single Flip Side: "Long Life, Lots of Happiness"
UK Chart Position No. 4
YUGOSLAVIA Single release: RCA Jugoton SRCA-8435-A
Single Flip Side: "Long Life, Lots of Happiness"
France Single release: RCA 49715
Single Flip Side: "Long Life, Lots of Happiness"
RCA Records Chile Single release: 74-0387 ( 1971 )
Single Flip Side: "Larga Vida, Montones de Felicidad ( Long Life, Lot's of Happiness )"
RCA Gold Standard Series 45-RPM-447-0858
Single Flip Side: "Seattle"
UK Single Maxi Million Series  45-RPM RCA 2606-A 
Single Flip Side: "For the Good Times" and "I Think of You"
Collectables Single release: COL-860027
Single Flip Side: "Seattle"
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "It's Impossible" LSP-4473 STEREO DECEMBER 1970
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP "Somos Novios" MKE-1352 MEXICO STEREO 1971
Album Re- issue: RCA-LP12 "It's Impossible" AYL1-3804 STEREO 1975
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.
"It's Impossible" Japan Single with flip side "Long Life, Lot's of Happiness"It's Impossible ~ December 1970"It's Impossible" German Single with flip side "Long Life, Lot's of Happiness"Somos Novios - Mexican EP 1971

"It's Impossible" Yugoslavia Single with flip side "Long Life, Lot's of Happiness"Perry Como ~ It's Impossible Jukebox 33It's Impossible ~ Re-issue 1975 Best Buy Series

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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Perry Como in ConcertRecorded "Live" on location 1980 ~
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
with Vocal Arrangements by Ray Charles
Live recording on location produced by Mike Berniker
Time 31:36 Side A and 28:42 Side B applause and talk included
Recording Engineer: Mike Moran
RCA Mobile Unit: Ron Olson and Tom Brown
Mastering Engineer: Mike Posner
Recorded 'Live' at the Mill Run Theatre, Niles, Illinois, July 29th, 30th, 31st, 1980
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Perry Como Live On Tour" AQL1-3826 STEREO 1981
Note: The opening Overture ( Como Medley ) includes: Till the End of Time / Round and Round / Catch a Falling Star / Prisoner of Love / Temptation / Hot Diggity / It's Impossible arranged and conducted by Nick Perito

"It's Impossible" was written by Sid Wayne and Armando Manzanero and popularized by Perry Como in 1970. His recording ( RCA 74-0387 ) reached #10 on Billboard's Hot 100 and number one on the Easy-Listening chart. Sales easily exceeded one million copies. The original title of the song was "Somos Novios." Armando Manzanero was the first Mexican RCA recording artist to sell over a million dollars worth of records. Another composition of Manzanero, "Yesterday I Heard the Rain," was recorded by Perry and included in the 1971 album "I Think of You" LSP-4539, immediately following.

Live On Tour ~ 1980


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