"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)" is a song originally written and recorded by Mexican songwriter Armando Manzanero by 1968. The original recording by Manzanero was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.
The song was adapted 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". The song has become one of the most popular boleros of all time. Besides Como, it has been recorded by Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Robert Goulet, New Birth, Jerry Vale, Dennis Brown, Andrea Bocelli and Frances Yip 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. 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. The Three Degrees recorded a version in Spanish in 1975 for there "International" album released on Philadelphia International Records, Sergio Franchi covered this song (in English) on his last album, Sergio Con Amore-From My Private Collection (Gold Records, 1976).
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. The duet with Natsukawa also appears as a bonus track for the Japanese version of Bocelli's The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere. 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.
Julio Iglesias recorded the song, in English, for his 2006 album Romantic Classics.
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 covering his song, in English, for his 2016 1st ballad album Romancing RJ.