Somos Novios (It's Impossible)

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"Somos Novios"
Single by Armando Manzanero
from the album Somos Novios
Released1968 (1968)
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Armando Manzanero
Armando Manzanero singles chronology
"Perdóname" "Somos Novios" "Aquel Señor"
LPM 10379
"It's Impossible"
It's Impossible - Perry Como.jpg
Single by Perry Como
from the album It's Impossible
B-side"Long Life, Lots of Happiness"
ReleasedSeptember 1970[1]
LabelRCA Victor
Producer(s)Don Costa
Perry Como singles chronology
"It's Impossible"
"I Think of You"
"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)"
Single by Andrea Bocelli featuring Christina Aguilera
from the album Amore
ReleasedMarch 2006 (US)
Songwriter(s)Armando Manzanero
Andrea Bocelli singles chronology
"Un Nuovo Giorno"
"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)"
"Because We Believe"
Christina Aguilera singles chronology
"Tilt Ya Head Back"
"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)"
"Ain't No Other Man"

"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)" is a song written and originally recorded by Mexican songwriter Armando Manzanero in 1968.[2] The original recording by Manzanero was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.[3]

Recording history[edit]

The song was adapted in 1970 by Sid Wayne who wrote original English lyrics set to the music.[4] It was first recorded by Perry Como the same year under the title "It's Impossible".[5] The song has become one of the most popular boleros of all time. Besides Como, it has been recorded by Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey, Robert Goulet, New Birth, Jerry Vale, Dennis Brown, Andrea Bocelli, Frances Yip and Mick Hucknall among others.

The 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 at number one on the Billboard Easy Listening chart.[6] On the UK Singles Chart, the single reached #4 in 1971.

Elvis Presley recorded "It's Impossible" on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton February 16, 1972. This version was released on his 1973 album, "Elvis." It was also included on Elvis's 1975 compilation album, Pure Gold.

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. The Three Degrees recorded a version in Spanish in 1975 which later appeared on a reissue of their album International, Sergio Franchi covered this song (in English) on his last album, Sergio Con Amore-From My Private Collection (Gold Records, 1976).[7]

In 1976 the song was arranged by Soviet composer Georgy Firtich as the gangster song for the cartoon series Adventures of Captain Wrongel that became the most famous tune from the series. Firtich, rather than Manzanero, is still credited as the composer.

Andrea Bocelli has covered the song as a duet with Christina Aguilera, Petra Berger, Katharine McPhee, and Rimi Natsukawa in 2006. Aguilera features on Bocelli's album, Amore, while the duet with Natsukawa is a bonus track of the album's release in Japan.[8][9] The duet with Natsukawa also appears as a bonus track for the Japanese version of Bocelli's The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere.[10] 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.

Tejano group Mazz recorded this as part of a medley entitled "Canciones De Amor" which was on the album Para Nuestra Gente.[when?]

Julio Iglesias recorded the song, in English, for his 2006 album Romantic Classics.

Todd Gordon and Ian Shaw recorded it for the 2007 album Ballads from the Midnight Hotel.

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.

A cover of the song is used at the end of one of the episodes in the 2015 Netflix original series Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

In 2016: Marina Prior and Mark Vincent covered the song on their album Together

Ramon Jacinto covered the song, in English, for his 2016 1st ballad album Romancing RJ.[11]

Jason Manford recorded it for his 2017 album A Different Stage.


Perry Como
Chart (1970–71) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[12] 85
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 29
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[14] 4
Canada RPM Top Singles[15] 37
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 18
UK Singles (OCC)[18] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 10
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[20] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Perry Como - It's Impossible".
  2. ^ "Somos novios by Armando Manzanero (Album, Bolero): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  3. ^ "Latin GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Latin Grammy Award. Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. 2001. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "Elvis Presley: Original Version Recordings of Songs He Sang". Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 62.
  7. ^ "Sergio Franchi Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  8. ^ "『AMORE』貴方に贈る愛の歌". Archived from the original on 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  9. ^ "夏川りみ オフィシャルサイト". Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Ramon Jacinto - Romancing RJ". Discogs. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  13. ^ "Perry Como – It's Impossible" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1970-12-05. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  15. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1971-02-06. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – It's Impossible". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "Perry Como – It's Impossible" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Perry Como: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "Perry Como Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "Perry Como Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2018.

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