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The Best of Kenny Rankin
The Best of Kenny Rankin
Published: 2014/06/18
Channel: red0074
KENNY RANKIN | Best of [full cd]
KENNY RANKIN | Best of [full cd]
Published: 2015/07/10
Channel: Paul Grey
Kenny Rankin - When Sunny Gets Blue
Kenny Rankin - When Sunny Gets Blue
Published: 2008/12/21
Channel: vladimirsmartins
KENNY RANKIN | Best of [full cd]
KENNY RANKIN | Best of [full cd]
Published: 2016/10/18
Channel: Kylie Geoghegan
blackbird (kenny rankin)
blackbird (kenny rankin)
Published: 2010/05/16
Channel: SUNSETCALLING
The Jazz Channel Presents Kenny Rankin
The Jazz Channel Presents Kenny Rankin
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Jhon Inot
Kenny Rankin - Groovin
Kenny Rankin - Groovin'
Published: 2011/06/09
Channel: Lito Basilio
Silver Morning (Kenny Rankin)
Silver Morning (Kenny Rankin)
Published: 2011/12/14
Channel: nelson arnaiz
Hiding Inside Myself with Lyrics - Kenny Rankin
Hiding Inside Myself with Lyrics - Kenny Rankin
Published: 2011/06/22
Channel: SiKaboAko
Kenny Rankin  Here in My Heart ( Full Album )
Kenny Rankin Here in My Heart ( Full Album )
Published: 2015/07/19
Channel: Gabriel Frost
Kenny Rankin Lost up in loving you
Kenny Rankin Lost up in loving you
Published: 2009/06/21
Channel: jazzyfrank
Kenny Rankin - Oh So Peaceful Here
Kenny Rankin - Oh So Peaceful Here
Published: 2006/06/05
Channel: smile67
Kenny Rankin Live - Hiding inside myself
Kenny Rankin Live - Hiding inside myself
Published: 2011/12/03
Channel: jazzyfrank
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: Kenny Rankin - Topic
Kenny Rankin Live - You are so beautiful / Blackbird
Kenny Rankin Live - You are so beautiful / Blackbird
Published: 2011/12/03
Channel: jazzyfrank
Kenny Rankin _ Creepin
Kenny Rankin _ Creepin'
Published: 2008/10/23
Channel: nobu taka
Kenny Rankin - Haven
Kenny Rankin - Haven't We Met
Published: 2009/02/21
Channel: ozu8868
Kenny Rankin: Haven
Kenny Rankin: Haven't We Met
Published: 2007/07/23
Channel: orlandomodelagent
House of Gold - Kenny Rankin
House of Gold - Kenny Rankin
Published: 2012/01/20
Channel: MyKollection
Kenny Rankin
Kenny Rankin's Best
Published: 2012/08/05
Channel: peach mango
Pussywillows Cattails by Kenny Rankin...with Lyrics
Pussywillows Cattails by Kenny Rankin...with Lyrics
Published: 2011/07/03
Channel: ROMMEL1020
What Matters Most - Kenny Rankin
What Matters Most - Kenny Rankin
Published: 2009/05/01
Channel: mpalanca
Regrets - Kenny Rankin
Regrets - Kenny Rankin
Published: 2008/11/15
Channel: Ruth Gutierrez
WHAT MATTERS MOST - Kenny Rankin (Lyrics)
WHAT MATTERS MOST - Kenny Rankin (Lyrics)
Published: 2012/01/11
Channel: Rachel Reyes
ON AND ON (KENNY RANKIN)
ON AND ON (KENNY RANKIN)
Published: 2012/03/12
Channel: PINAY COOKING LESSONS
KENNY RANKIN MEDLEY LIVE. GUY, SINGING WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE
KENNY RANKIN MEDLEY LIVE. GUY, SINGING WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE
Published: 2013/03/07
Channel: garrick anders
Berimbau (kenny rankin)
Berimbau (kenny rankin)
Published: 2010/05/16
Channel: SUNSETCALLING
Kenny Rankin  You are so Beautiful
Kenny Rankin You are so Beautiful
Published: 2011/11/19
Channel: beaconmike
Kenny Rankin Regrets Karaoke
Kenny Rankin Regrets Karaoke
Published: 2017/07/09
Channel: MT KARAOKE
Kenny Rankin - More Than You Know
Kenny Rankin - More Than You Know
Published: 2008/12/21
Channel: vladimirsmartins
Kenny Rankin Live
Kenny Rankin Live
Published: 2007/03/30
Channel: jazzyfrank
Blackbird - Kenny Rankin
Blackbird - Kenny Rankin
Published: 2008/11/18
Channel: Spadecaller
Kenny Rankin - Strings (1980)
Kenny Rankin - Strings (1980)
Published: 2011/11/20
Channel: Morten Steen
Velez by Kenny Rankin
Velez by Kenny Rankin
Published: 2011/01/12
Channel: GVelezProd
Kenny Rankin - Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
Kenny Rankin - Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
Published: 2008/12/21
Channel: vladimirsmartins
Hiding inside myself Kenny Rankin with Lyrics
Hiding inside myself Kenny Rankin with Lyrics
Published: 2009/07/11
Channel: reyser4012
Kenny Rankin & David Crosby - Down The Road
Kenny Rankin & David Crosby - Down The Road
Published: 2016/11/05
Channel: Maxim Rouge
Kenny Rankin - In The Name Of Love
Kenny Rankin - In The Name Of Love
Published: 2009/08/12
Channel: gameboyDS7793
[HQ] Kenny Rankin - Pussywillows Cattails (Best Audio)
[HQ] Kenny Rankin - Pussywillows Cattails (Best Audio)
Published: 2012/01/30
Channel: EliOliver1
Pussywillows Cattails - Kenny Rankin
Pussywillows Cattails - Kenny Rankin
Published: 2011/06/15
Channel: Paul Leonor
Kenny Rankin - Peaceful 1972
Kenny Rankin - Peaceful 1972
Published: 2015/12/14
Channel: Terry Lewis
Kenny Rankin "Because of You" - Doralice
Kenny Rankin "Because of You" - Doralice
Published: 2014/02/15
Channel: Deanna Sabido
Penny Lane (Kenny Rankin)
Penny Lane (Kenny Rankin)
Published: 2012/01/14
Channel: nelson arnaiz
Sunday Kind Of Love - Kenny Rankin
Sunday Kind Of Love - Kenny Rankin
Published: 2013/04/23
Channel: sylvette323c
Kenny Rankin
Kenny Rankin's Regrets Lyrcis & Music
Published: 2010/08/19
Channel: J. Pat-Blake
Kenny Rankin - On and On
Kenny Rankin - On and On
Published: 2013/05/26
Channel: Jim Coson
Kenny Rankin Hiding Inside Myself Karaoke
Kenny Rankin Hiding Inside Myself Karaoke
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Karaoke and Tutorials
Berimbau Live Kenny Rankin ricojames99
Berimbau Live Kenny Rankin ricojames99's Music Vault
Published: 2013/05/27
Channel: james Valerio
Kenny Rankin Blackbird.HQ
Kenny Rankin Blackbird.HQ
Published: 2012/07/24
Channel: Tosh Sampayo
Kenny Rankin - Marie (1975)
Kenny Rankin - Marie (1975)
Published: 2010/05/30
Channel: despicabledog
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Kenny Rankin
Born (1940-02-10)February 10, 1940
Los Angeles, California, United States
Died June 7, 2009(2009-06-07) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz, rock, folk[1]
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Labels Mercury, Little David, Atlantic, Cypress, Private Music, Verve

Kenny Rankin (February 10, 1940 – June 7, 2009) was an American pop and jazz singer and songwriter from the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

Biography[edit]

Rankin was born in Los Angeles and raised in New York, and was introduced to music by his mother, who sang at home and for friends. Early in his career he worked as a singer-songwriter, and developed a considerable following during the 70s with a steady flow of albums, three of which broke into the Top 100 of the Billboard Album Chart. His liking for jazz was evident from an early age, but the times were such that in order to survive his career had to take a more pop-oriented course. By the 90s, however, he was able to angle his repertoire to accommodate his own musical preferences and to please a new audience while still keeping faith with the faithful. Rankin's warm singing style and his soft, nylon-stringed guitar sound might suggest an artist more attuned to the supper-club circuit than the jazz arena, but his work contains many touches that appeal to the jazz audience.

Rankin appeared on The Tonight Show more than twenty times. Host Johnny Carson was so impressed by him that he wrote the liner notes to Rankin's 1967 debut album Mind Dusters, which featured the single "Peaceful." Rankin would record the song again for 1972's Like A Seed, while Helen Reddy would reach #2 Adult Contemporary and #12 Pop in 1973 with a cover of the song, released as her follow-up single to "I Am Woman". Georgie Fame also had a hit with this song in 1969, Rankin's only songwriting credit to hit the British charts, reaching number sixteen and spending nine weeks on the chart.

Rankin's accompanists from time to time included Alan Broadbent, Mike Wofford and Bill Watrous, and on such occasions the mood slips easily into a jazz groove. His compositions have been performed by artists such as Mel Tormé and Carmen McRae, while Stan Getz said of him that he was "a horn with a heartbeat". Rankin was deeply interested in Brazilian music and his Here In My Heart, on which he used jazz guests including Michael Brecker and Ernie Watts, was recorded mostly in Rio de Janeiro. More contemporary songs were given an airing following his move to Verve Records, including the Beatles' "I've Just Seen a Face" and Leon Russell's "A Song for You."[1]

Rankin's own unique gift for reworking classic songs such as The Beatles' "Blackbird," which he recorded for his Silver Morning album, so impressed Paul McCartney that he asked Rankin to perform his interpretation of the song when McCartney and John Lennon were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[1] His cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was so much beloved by George Harrison that his family chose it for George's memorial service.[citation needed]

Rankin befriended comedian George Carlin; both were signed to the Little David Records label. Rankin was often the opening act or musical guest for Carlin's live performances beginning in 1972. The two flew in Carlin's private jet. Though Rankin had kicked his drug habit at Phoenix House, touring with Carlin brought him back to using cocaine.[2] Rankin and Carlin toured together off and on for nearly 10 years. Rankin sang at Carlin's memorial service in June 2008.

He can be heard singing the song "Miles From Here" in the first episode of the television series Fame titled "Metamorphosis", and "Deep in the Dark" in the Stingray episode "Autumn".

Rankin died of lung cancer on June 7, 2009, three weeks after he was diagnosed with the illness. Writing in The Guardian, after Rankin's death, Adam Sweeting quoted Denny Stilwell, President of Mack Avenue Records, as saying: "At the time of his death he had been preparing new material for recording. "His voice was still in its finest form... He sounded absolutely amazing."[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Mind-Dusters, (Mercury, 1967)
  • Family, (Mercury, 1970)
  • Like a Seed, (Little David, 1972)
  • Silver Morning, (Little David, 1974)
  • Inside, (Little David, 1975)
  • The Kenny Rankin Album, (Little David, 1976)
  • After the Roses, (Atlantic, 1980)
  • Hiding in Myself, (Cypress, 1988)
  • Because of You, (Chesky, 1991)
  • Professional Dreamer, (Private Music, 1994)
  • Here in My Heart, (Private Music, 1997)
  • The Bottom Line Encore Collection, (Bottom Line, 1999)
  • A Christmas Album (1999)
  • A Song for You, (Verve, 2002)
  • Like a Seed, (Rankin, 2007)

Compilations[edit]

  • Peaceful: The Best of Kenny Rankin (1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d [1]
  2. ^ Carlin, George; Tony Hendra (2009). Last Words. Free Press. p. 151. ISBN 978-1-4391-7295-7. 

External links[edit]

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