The Impossible Dream (The Quest).

“The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” is a popular song composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion. The song is the most popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and is also featured in the 1972 film of the same name starring Peter O'Toole.

The complete song is first sung by Don Quixote as he stands vigil over his armor, in response to Aldonza (Dulcinea)'s question about what he means by “following the quest”. It is reprised partially three more times – the last by prisoners in a dungeon as Miguel de Cervantes and his manservant mount the drawbridge-like prison staircase to face trial by the Spanish Inquisition.

It was awarded the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Notable renditions

1965: Richard Kiley on the original Broadway cast album of Man of La Mancha

1966: Ed Ames on his album More I Cannot Wish You

1968: Sergio Franchi on his album Wine and Song

1966: Jack Jones (with altered lyrics) on his album The Impossible Dream

1966: Frank Sinatra on his album That's Life

1966: Jim Nabors on his album Love Me With All Your Heart, and performed on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., in the episode “The Show Must Go On”

1967: The Temptations on the album The Temptations in a Mellow Mood

1967: Shirley Bassey on her album And We Were Lovers

1967: Robert Goulet on his album More Great Songs From the Big Hit Shows: Robert Goulet On Broadway, Volume 2

1967: Matt Monro on his album Invitation to Broadway

1967: Brazilian singer Ronaldo Reys did a Portuguese translation titled Sonho Impossível, which was later covered by several Brazilian artists

1968: Roger Williams on his album More Than a Miracle

1968: The Hesitations on their album Where We're At!

1968: The Imperials on their album New Dimensions

1968: Andre Kostelanetz on his album For the Young at Heart

1968: Jacques Brel (in the French translation titled (“La Quête”) on his album L'Homme de la Mancha

1968: The Vogues on their album Turn Around, Look at Me

1968: Glen Campbell on his album Hey Little One

1968: Andy Williams on his album Honey

1968: Cher on her album Backstage

1968: The Smothers Brothers on their album Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

1969: Roger Whittaker on his album This is Roger Whittaker

1969: Scott Walker on his album Scott: Scott Walker Sings Songs from his TV Series

1969: Liberace on his album I Play Piano and Sing (Volume Two)

1969: Shani Wallis on her album As Long as He Needs Me

1970: Roberta Flack on her album Chapter Two

1971: Malcolm Roberts on his album Sounds Like Malcolm Roberts

1972: Elvis Presley on his album Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden

1972: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra on the album Climb Every Mountain

1974: Ken Boothe on his album Everything I Own

1974: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band on their album The Impossible Dream

1984: Albertina Walker and the Christ Universal Temple Ensemble on the album The Impossible Dream

1989: Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap

1992: Carter USM on their album 1992 – The Love Album

1994: Luther Vandross on his album Songs

1995: Roger Whittaker on his album On Broadway

1996: Tevin Campbell on the compilation album Rhythm of the Games: 1996 Olympic Games Album

2000: Jose Carreras on the compilation album Tonight - Hits from the Musicals

2001: Florence Ballard on her album The Supreme Florence Ballard

2002: Brian Stokes Mitchell on the Broadway revival cast album of Man of La Mancha

2003: Linda Eder on her album Broadway My Way

2005: Aretha Franklin performed the song at the funeral of civil rights activist Rosa Parks

2006: Andy Abraham on his debut album The Impossible Dream

2006: Johnny Hallyday in the French translation titled La Quête on the live albums Flashback Tour : Palais des sports 2006 and La Cigale : 12-17 décembre 2006

2007: Christopher Lee on his album Revelation

2007: Sarah Connor on her album Soulicious

2008: Rhydian Roberts on his debut album Rhydian

2009: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones recorded for the 7“ Impossible Dream

2009: The Republic Tigers on the iTunes tribute album, His Way, Our Way

2010: Alfie Boe on his album Bring Him Home, duet with Matt Lucas

2011: Jackie Evancho on her album Dream With Me Deluxe edition

2014: Susan Boyle on her album Hope

2015: Gerphil Flores sang the operatic version of the song as a contest piece for the grand finals of the inaugural season of Asia's Got Talent which put her on third place

2016: Ramon Jacinto on his first ballad album Romancing RJ

2016: Cynthia Erivo performed the song at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors

2017: Jason Manford on his debut album A Different Stage

2018: Sean Christopher for a French commercial to Disneyland Paris

2018: Martin Sheen performed the song on Netflix's show Grace and Frankie S05E12

2019: Jennifer Hudson performed the song on an episode of The Voice UK.

2019: The song was featured in a trailer for the movie John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

2020: Nazi character Travis, Greg Austin (actor) during shootout in Hunters (2020 TV series) produced by Jordan Peele

In politics

During Robert F. Kennedy's long shot campaign for the presidency in 1968, Senator George McGovern introduced him before a South Dakota stump speech by quoting from “The Impossible Dream”. Afterwards Kennedy questioned McGovern whether he really thought it was impossible. McGovern replied, “No, I don't think it's impossible. I just… wanted the audience to understand it's worth making the effort, whether you win or lose.” Kennedy replied, “Well, that's what I think.” It was actually Robert Kennedy's favorite song. One of Kennedy's close friends, Andy Williams, was one of many vocal artists of the Sixties that recorded the song. The song was also a favorite of younger brother Ted Kennedy and was performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell at his memorial service in 2009.

The song was a favorite of Philippine hero Evelio Javier, the assassinated governor of the province of Antique in the Philippines, and the song has become a symbol of his sacrifice for democracy. Javier was shot and killed in the plaza of San Jose, Antique during the counting following the 1986 Snap Elections, an act which contributed to the peaceful overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos by Cory Aquino in the People Power Revolution. Every year, Javier is remembered on Evelio Javier Day and the song is featured. The song's lyrics are written in brass on a monument in the plaza where he was shot.

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