Somos Novios (It's Impossible)

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"Somos novios"
Single by Armando Manzanero
from the album Somos Novios
Released 1968 (1968)
Genre Bolero
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Armando Manzanero
Certification LPM 10379
Armando Manzanero singles chronology
Perdóname Somos Novios Aquel Señor
LPM 10379
"It's Impossible"
Single by Perry Como
from the album It's Impossible
Released 1970 (1970)
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Armando Manzanero/Sid Wayne
Producer(s) Don Costa
"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)"
Single by Andrea Bocelli featuring Christina Aguilera
from the album Amore
Released March 2006 (U.S.)
Genre Classical, pop
Length 4:22
Label Sugar Records, Opera & Blues Records, Decca Records
Writer(s) Armando Manzanero
Producer(s) David Foster and Humberto Gatica
Andrea Bocelli chronology
"Un Nuovo Giorno"
"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)"
"Because We Believe"
Christina Aguilera chronology
"Tilt Ya Head Back"
"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)"
"Ain't No Other Man"

"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)" is a song written by the premier Mexican bolero composer Armando Manzanero by 1968.[1] The song was adapted[2] in 1970 by Sid Wayne who wrote original English lyrics set to the music. It was first recorded by Perry Como the same year under the title "It's Impossible".[3] It is one of the most popular boleros of all time. Besides Perry Como, it has been recorded by Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, The Three Degrees, Jerry Vale, Dennis Brown, Andrea Bocelli and Frances Yip . Tejano group Mazz recorded this as part of a medley entitled "Canciones De Amor" which was on the album Para Nuestra Gente.

The Perry Como version would be one of his most influential records, and in February 1971, it became his first song to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in more than 12 years, peaking at #10. The song's peak on the Hot 100 chart came just weeks after concluding a four-week run atop the Billboard Easy Listening chart.[4] On the UK Singles Chart, the single reached #4 in 1971.

Vikki Carr, an influential and popular Spanish-language songstress, recorded a notable version; and the YouTube video of her introducing this song in 1972 on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is available for viewing. Sergio Franchi covered this song (in English) on his last album, Sergio Con Amore-From My Private Collection (Gold Records, 1976).[5]

Andrea Bocelli has covered the song as a duet with Christina Aguilera, Katharine McPhee and Rimi Natsukawa in 2006. Aguilera features on Bocelli's album, Amore, with the duet with Natsukawa is a bonus track of the album's release in Japan.[6][7] The duet with Natsukawa also appears as a bonus track for the Japanese version of Bocelli's The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere.[8] McPhee joined Bocelli onstage at the JCPenney Jam and their version is included on the album for the event.

The song was also covered by Italian singer Mina in her 1988's album Ridi Pagliaccio.

Julio Iglesias recorded this song in english, for his album Romantic Classics, recorded in 2006.

Luis Miguel recorded another version on his album, Segundo Romance, which was co-produced by Manzanero. Manzanero himself recorded the song as a duet with Puerto Rican singer Olga Tañón for his 2001 album Duetos.

Clay Aiken recorded the song on his 2010 album Tried and True.

The original recording by Manzanero was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.[9]

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  1. ^ "Somos novios by Armando Manzanero (Album, Bolero): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  2. ^ "SONG It's Impossible". 
  3. ^ "Elvis Presley: Original Version Recordings of Songs He Sang". Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 62. 
  5. ^ "Sergio Franchi Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  6. ^ "『AMORE』貴方に贈る愛の歌". accessdate=2010-01-30. 
  7. ^ "夏川りみ オフィシャルサイト". accessdate=2010-01-30. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Latin GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Latin Grammy Award. Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. 2001. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 

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