Hal Kemp

Got a Date with an Angel

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Although the Tin Pan Alley song title "Got a Date with an Angel" ostensibly refers to a tryst with an attractive earthling, the cover art on Living Era's Hal Kemp collection gives the impression that the tuxedoed bandleader is gleefully anticipating his rendezvous with a Mack truck followed by a visit to the Pearly Gates. Despite this alarming impression, Living Era's Got a Date with an Angel (not to be confused with a similar Kemp collection released on Pro Arte in 1992) is a swell anthology of sweet dance band recordings from the 1930s. Hal Kemp combined artistic ingenuity with practical sensibilities that established and maintained his popularity among the record-buying public during the Great Depression. In addition to the eight titles it shares with the Pro Arte release, Living Era's Kemp sampler contains numerous melodies that epitomized popular culture during the 1930s, including Mike Riley and Eddie Farley's "The Music Goes 'Round and Around," Rodgers & Hart's "Where or When" and "There's a Small Hotel," the pleasantly disorienting "Moonlight Saving Time," Kemp's own "In Dutch with the Duchess," and Busby Berkeley buck-dancing delights like "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "Lullaby of Broadway," and "Forty-Second Street." How d'ya like them apples?

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:59 Amazon
2 02:53 Amazon
3 02:20 Amazon
4 03:12 Amazon
5 03:17 Amazon
6 02:34 Amazon
7 03:07 Amazon
8 03:14 Amazon
9 03:10 Amazon
10 03:17 Amazon
11 03:20 Amazon
12 03:20 Amazon
13 03:22 Amazon
14 03:05 Amazon
15 03:19 Amazon
16 03:15 Amazon
17 03:08 Amazon
18 03:00 Amazon
19 03:14 Amazon
20
03:18 Amazon
21 02:34 Amazon
22 03:17 Amazon
23 02:44 Amazon
24 02:51 Amazon
25 02:55 Amazon
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