The Impossible Dream — Jack Jones

No Words, No Song
6 min readSep 17, 2022
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“The Impossible Dream” is the first time Jack Jones has made an appearance in one of my stories, which is surprising as he was a very popular singer in the 1960s and 70s.

I remember him popping up regularly as a guest artist on many of the TV variety shows my parents and grandparents liked to watch in the 1970s, so I knew his name. But when I heard a performance of “The Impossible Dream” yesterday, I didn’t immediately recall it was Jack Jones who recorded the biggest hit version of it, reaching Number 35 in the Billboard charts in 1966.

This wasn’t Jack Jones’ first time at the rodeo, though.

He’d won a Grammy for “Lollipops And Roses” in 1962, and had a big hit with the Bacharach and David song “Wives And Lovers” in 1963.

So it wasn’t a surprise that “The Impossible Dream” did well, although it’s probably fair to say it was a little outside his more normal repertoire of standards from The Great American Songbook, which sold a lot of albums and allowed him to enjoy a lucrative career in Las Vegas.

“The Impossible Dream” is a song about striving against the toughest challenges, and winning through to the other side, despite whatever the world might throw at you to drive you off-course.



No Words, No Song

Without words, it’s just a nice tune. Add words — now you’ve got a song. And songs can change your world. I write about some that changed mine.