Performed and covered by numerous artists all over the world, “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” is probably one of the most sought-after and sung songs from a Broadway musical. Indeed, the song was a one-hit wonder and became massive after its release in 1965 for the musical. On July 26, 1966, American actor and jazz-pop singer, Jack Jones released his own version of the song and charted it to no. 1 on the Billboard Easy Listening and no. 35 on Billboard Hot 100. In addition, his version is said to have set the bar high for the song.
Later in 1968, American country music singer-songwriter Glen Campbell also gave a rendition of his own. He released it on his eighth studio album, Hey Little One. An original Broadway musical, the song was countrified and transformed to one of Campbell’s classic songs. It may not be as popular as the other versions, still, Glen Campbell gave the best country version of the song and definitely gave justice to the meaning of this wonderful tune.
LISTEN: Glen Campbell covers “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha.
About the Song
“The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” is one of the most notable songs from a Broadway musical, which was composed by Mitch Leigh, with its lyrics penned by Joe Darion. It is actually the most popular song from the Man of La Mancha, a Broadway musical in 1965. In addition, the song was also featured in the film of the same name in 1972 starring Peter O’Toole.
In the Man of La Mancha, “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” is first sung by Don Quixote as a response to Dulcinea’s question about what he means by “following the quest.” For three more times, the song was repeated in the show.
Most noteworthy, “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” earned the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Here is the original version of the song as sung in the 1965 Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha”:
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