Bob Hastings

Bob Hastings Sings for the Family

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An established voice artist and actor since the 1940s, Bob Hastings cut this LP in the late '60s, obviously looking for a family audience. With a mixture of light folk songs ("Shenandoah," "I Gave My Love a Cherry"), pop tunes ("I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"), and Irish standards ("I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen"), this was hardly groundbreaking material even in its own time, and Bob Caudana's arrangements add little that's fresh or new. But Hastings does have an appealing voice and a very warm delivery on the material with which he is most comfortable and sympathetic, and it is interesting to hear someone so long associated with radio acting try his hand at pop singing -- and he's too good to rate a place on a "Golden Throats" collection. And the cover, depicting Hastings at the Universal lot in his Lt. Carpenter uniform from McHale's Navy, is a hoot.