Since its debut in the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha “The Impossible Dream” has remained a favorite of vocalists and audiences alike. Everyone from Elvis to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have covered it, but there’s one rendition that looms large over all the others, that of Jim Nabors from the 60s TV show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
This performance, from the episode “The Show Must Go On”, aired November 3, 1967, features Nabors soaring voice accompanied by the Marine Corps Band. At the beginning of the clip Nabors’ Pyle has lost his voice right before a big performance. Just when all hope seems lost he finds inspiration at the steps of the Lincoln memorial.
When you hear his final notes you’ll understand exactly why this performance has endured for 48 years. Nabors absolutely nails the song and makes it his own.
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