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Kenny Rankin

A pop and standards singer during his long career, Kenny Rankin debuted in 1967 with his first album, Mind Dusters, which featured the soft rock hit "Peaceful." Over the course of the early '70s, Rankin slowly built up a following with a steady stream of records and performances that balanced originals, new songs, and standards. As the decade drew to a close, he began to return to his singer/songwriter roots, particularly on After the Roses, his 1980 debut for Atlantic Records. He continued to perform during the '80s, but he only recorded sporadically. In 1991, he recorded a pair of albums, Hiding in Myself and Because of You, for two separate labels. Three years later, he signed with Private Music and released Professional Dreamer, an album that found him concentrating on standards. That record was followed in 1997 by Here in My Heart, which had a Brazilian flavor. Throughout the rest of the '90s, Rankin focused on touring and, in 1999, he issued The Bottom Line Encore Collection, his first live recording in two decades. ~ Scott Yanow & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Kenny your in my heart and prayers
cobban.barne t t
A grossly underrated talent, Kenny Rankin should have found a much wider following. He had one of the finest voices and styles of the later 20th century. Thank goodness his music will live always.
I was captivated the first time I saw Kenny Rankin at a small venue in the East Village, NYC. I admit to being a devoted groupie, he was an amazing talent. There will be few with his ability and musical talents. I treasure his LPs in my collection.
First saw Kenny in 1973 at a Cal Poly Pomona 1-man show and saw him many times since. He is missed - I could really use a Rankin fix right now!
I've seen Kenny Rankin in concert more times than I can count. Once a year at least. During the last few years of concerts he would speak of how he finally came to grips with his ego and was grateful to all that helped him to acheive and bring him to where is was at that time. I've only just now been able to listen to his music again since his sudden death. I've met and spoke to him at all o his concerts and am blessed to have those memories and many signed cassettes and cds. I truly still mis
nancy.gross
Kenny's Album was given to me by a cousin oh way back when. Always found his voice sultry, sexy and heartfelt. I thought I would someday get a chance to see him live in concert. The years passed, and then I found that he too had passed. A beautiful vocal and emotional legacy left behind.
While my guitar gently weeps.... So tender and pure... Sang like an angel, so beautiful ❤️ �� ��
Miss you kenny....... . . . . . . . .
lucyliv
I was sooo sad to hear of Kenny's passing one year after he passed! How could I have not known? He was and is my favorite artist. I realized that he passed around the same time as Michael Jackson. All attention maybe was turned to Michael's passing. I have a good cry now and then over Kenny!
Still miss my dear friend!
freddy19558
more silver morning
tcsgolfs
Silver Morning was the soundtrack to a Summer love affair long ago and far away. Love that album!
ellenfreiler
Silver Morning -- best album EVER!
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MALE ARTIST!
Loved him from the first time I ever heard him, Love him still
fsanchez80
will miss him dearly. love his voice, so glad I got to see him in person twice. My husband and I fell in love to his music - will truly miss him!
jjccrv
Got to see him 3 times in person...... . . . . . . j u s t him and his guitar and voice....... . . . n o flash no pretense, just a wonderful singer and songwriter with his instrument. He was one of Johnny Carson's favorite performers. His music lives on ...
terrirue1955
Is it really love at all or just something that I heard love called?
karynurse
Karyn- I used to go see Kenny sing in a little joint on the corner of Bundy and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles. I couldn't believe he was so accessible to those who loved him. He played there often. Pure voice-awesom e delivery. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
Correction: June 7, 2009...
Wanda: Kenny died on June 9, 2009. He had a very short battle with lung cancer, dying 3 weeks after his diagnosis. http://artic l e s . l a t i m e s . c o m / 2 0 0 9 / j u n / 0 9 / l o c a l / m e - k e n n y - r a n k i n 9
What is the date of his death? I didn't know he had passed until I heard his music on Pandora. I always thought he had the purest and clearest voice I had ever heard. Now when I listen to his music I get goosebumps and it seems he looking down and singing from above.
cathie.franc
I've listened to this sweet, heavenly voice for years and have lots of wonderful warm memories. I will miss him and am happy to have been fortunate enough to have experienced singing like his. There is no other. Aloha Nui. Thanks for the music of my heart.
opfertunes
I played piano for Kenny in the early-mid 90's. He had the most pure voice I've ever heard. I was shocked to hear of his sudden passing...
Sinatra, Michael Buble, ect. Can't even come close to to singing as great as Kenny.
Kenny was a dear friend to me. Nobody has ever sang any song like Kenny can. Ever!
megcb9
Beyond underrated.. . the most amazing voice... could never understand why he was not all over the radio... his voice and style were incredible.. . unbelieable gift and talent... his voice always gives me goosebumps.. . Adele has a similar gift in the way she uses her instrument.. . . My wedding song was What Matters Most.... the marriage didn't make it but his music is something so special .... i want everyone to here him
I didn't know. I sit here crying as if I lost a very good friend. I did...
blondem
beautiful arranger,,be a u t i f u l soul rest in peace..melis s a
Kenny Rankin is dead? who knew???????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? One of my favorite ever......sa w him in DC way back in the early 80's...he was not a very nice person....in person....HU G E EGO......cou l d see why he never made it big time main stream....ju s t not ready to play the fame game...i didn't understand his anger then....at the audience.... . a n y of us liking him so much......bu t had no idea he passed...... w h a t a voice---tale n t - - h e didn't get how much we all loved him......sad . .

Like everyone... only heard of his death recently. A rare talent that will be sorely missed.
I can't believe that I am just learning of KR's death! I remember listening to and falling in love with theTHE KENNY RANKIN ALBUM in my dorm room in the 70's. rRIP KENNY, I'LL LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC FOREVER!
kenny rankin's voice as fine as Groovin is, listen with joyful tears. Harry Nillson and you. Best.
didnt know of his passing..He will be missed
miss you kenny you were such a good friend
Shocked to hear of his death so late. I never got a chance to see him live but have a pirated tape of his concert in Tampa Bay back in the 80's. My partner. Jerome got to go with our friend Suzanne. Along with Kenny's beautiful voice I keep hearing Suzanne saying, We love you Kenny!
blunderbuss9
Agree what a loss. A very under rated talent.
Yes what a loss. I just found out about his passing. So good to hear him again on Pandora here. I saw him once and I feel lucky for at least that. I will never forget the thrill of hearing that pure, clean and unique voice of his. R.I.P. Kenny.
nancy.gross
Alwasy looking for him and put him on my Pandora playlist. Just hearing he is gone. So sorry- a beatiful troubador... .
dashboardang e l 9 7
My favorite artist above all! I was so shocked when I found out he had passed a year afterward! I cried like....it was terrible. I could not understand how I did not know? I have concluded that it may be because Michael Jackson passed away around the same time? All press and attention consumed. I miss him. I play all his music all the time. I too, discovered him as a teenager in Hawaii. RIP Kenny
judybresler8
Kenny Rankin's unique vocal quality made every song he did a memorable experience. Every time I saw him it was like seeing him the first time.
Man what beautiful voice. Sorry Kenny youre not here today
Yes miss him! When Sunny Gets Blue sealed it for me with him but I love the quality of his voice. Will listen to his music anytime!
I once went to see George Carlin because Kenny was his opening act. Haven't we met is my favorite and blackbird. i did knw he has passed away. His voice has a very relaxing quality that makes you smile....
Kenny had this blues rift he was working on, i would sit in the livingroom while he played around with it and we would add lyrics to it, and just laugh. He would call it Lizzie's Blues.
mnevin63
I am in shock that I am just finding out TODAY in 2012 that Kenny Rankin passed away. I have followed him since the 60's and Mind Dusters. I am so glad I was able to hear him perform shortly before he passed. He was still as amazing as he was in his youth. And what a wonderful sense of humor he had! His performance was in a small intimate local theatre. I cannot believe that Kenny's passing was not reported very well. I listen to enough news, radio, TV to have heard if he his death was given due
Kenny Rankin never to the recognition he deserved. A truly great singer. I saw him live many times in intimate venues, so got a chance to speak to him after the concerts. Told him I listened to his songs while driving in NYC traffic + he calmed me down. Still love his voice. Thanks for the hours of joy I have listening to you. Many kisses Kenny xox.
terryj14
Love and miss him and his talent.
My all-time favorite is his version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. There's just something about his style that is so unique, so captivating, and his voice just keeps you spellbound.
The man sings When Sunny Gets Blue like none other..I just love Kenny Rankin.
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