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:: The Impossible Dream ::

Say what you want about Liberace, he was Liberace. There will never be another one unless George Michael's career takes a sudden turn toward Las Vegas, and even then, there will never be another Liberace. As we've said before, Liberace was not known as a great singer. He could sing well enough to get by, but he definitely had a great personality which made up for any other shortcomings.

He knew better than to try to sing this one. The Impossible Dream was a very popular song of the day from the Broadway Musical, The Man of La Mancha. Richard Kiley did a fine job with it on Broadway, and although the song was covered by virtually everyone and anyone who made records for people over 30, I remember Robert Goulet's version being in heavy rotation in my mom's car back in the day. Although Liberace chose not to sing it, a strictly instrumental version seemed out of the question as well, so we're treated to a nice spoken word version here.

Say what you want about Liberace's speaking voice, he was Liberace. And if anyone lived the impossible dream, he did.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007 11:56:00 AM

No one ever left a Liberace show feeling cheated. Ever. Lee KNEW the value of the spectacular, and he never disappointed.

God bless him and his rhinestone-encrusted cape.    

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 10:06:00 PM

I recall as a kid when he was on the Mike Douglas show... Mike always would ask if he was seeing any women, and ask when he was going to get married. And he'd respond by saying he hadn't found the right person yet. He was so incredibly gay that anyone could clearly see, and Mike would say that.    

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 10:24:00 AM

As Executive Director of the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, I wanted to thank you! You have captured some of the spirit of a truly kind and generous man. He did live the impossible dream from imigrant parents to REAL super star status. But along the way as you and others point out, he had a charisma and personality that truly brought joy to his audiences.

We are celebrating his birth all month as he would have been 88 on May 16, significant of course because of 88 keys on the piano.

Thanks for your interest in a many whose greatest legacies were showmanship and scholarship. Did you know that his foundation has awarded in excess of $5 million to over 2200 students at more than 100 colleges, universities and arts organizations? He believed in giving young artists - musicians, actors, dancers, fine artists, all artists - the chance to explore their passion!    

Monday, May 14, 2007 7:39:00 PM

The Liberace Museum in Vegas is well worth a visit too. Those costumes have to be seen to be believed not to mention the pianos and cars.    

Friday, May 18, 2007 7:04:00 AM

yeah The Liberace Museum is great fun as is this album, which happens to be one of my favorite album covers ever. his version of Yesterday is fabulous!    

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