Kenny Rankin

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... read moreThe songwriter and vocalist Kenny Rankin occupied an ambiguous perch in the music world--one part singer-songwriter, a harbringer of the '70s movement that would bring James Taylor and Paul Simon to the fore; another part straight jazz singer, if somewhat on the pop cabaret side like Jackie & Roy...

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Active: 1970s-2000s
Country Of origin: United States of America

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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