TV Movie performer: "Hello, Home" / writer: "Hello, Home", performer: "Where Do You Catch The Bus For Tomorrow? Kenny Rankin originally did Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay, Mountains & Marian, What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For, Four Days Gone and other songs. Rankin died of lung cancer on June 7, 2009, three weeks after he was diagnosed with the illness. He had recently signed with Sly Dog Records and was preparing to record a new album when he became ill a few weeks ago. Rankin was raised in New York and was introduced to music by his mother, who sang at home and for friends. [4] Rankin and Carlin toured together intermittently for nearly ten years. Kenny Rankin, a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose easygoing style straddled the worlds of pop, jazz and folk, died on Sunday in Los Angeles.He … Kenny Rankin wrote Peaceful, A Happy Guy and Haven't We Met?. He was 69 years old and died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, where he lived. Rankin befriended comedian George Carlin; both were signed to Little David Records. Rankin was also 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. The area of Washington Heights, Manhattan was becoming heavily Latino during his youth, and exposure to street music may have played a part. ", Short performer: "Subterranean Homesick Blues", TV Series production accountant - 11 episodes, TV Series payroll coordinator - 1 episode, Christmas with the Stars: An International Earthquake Benefit, Himself / Himself - Musical Guest / Himself - Guest. Rankin's original song "In the Name of Love" frequently featured wordless improvisational singing and showed his range and command of articulating lyrics at a blistering waltz tempo, but performed more slowly it had a distinctly Brazilian flavor. He returned to more contemporary songs after signing with Verve Records, including "A Song for You" by Leon Russell and "I've Just Seen a Face" by the Beatles. Yanow, Scott, The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide, Backbeat Books, 2008. He had already developed a serious amphetamine problem by that time. Born in Manhattan on Feb. 10, 1940, Mr. Rankin never formally studied music but began his recording career as a teenager with some singles for Decca. Kenny Rankin was born on February 10, 1940 in New York City, New York, USA. Occasionally criticised for poor choice of material, considering his talents, by the 90s, 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. The cause was complications of lung cancer, his family said. I sing the songs that touch me in the heart, the songs I would like to sing to someone in front of a roaring fire...But don't get me wrong. Georgie Fame also had a hit with this song in 1969, his only songwriting credit to hit the British charts reaching number sixteen and spending 9 weeks on the chart. Kenny Rankin, a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose easygoing style straddled the worlds of pop, jazz and folk, died on Sunday in Los Angeles.He was 69 … Rankin was raised in New York and was introduced to music by his mother, who sang at home and for friends. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1967-1975)as Musical Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest / Himsel, Bob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Blues (1967)as Music Department, Your email address will not be published. He was 69 and lived in Los Angeles. When he worked with Alan Broadbent, Mike Wofford, and Bill Watrous, his music got closer to jazz. Over the years he recorded for Mercury, Atlantic and several other labels. [2] After recording the Beatles' song "Blackbird" for his album Silver Morning, he was asked by Paul McCartney to perform it when McCartney and John Lennon were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[2]. 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, especially as he introduced more "standards" from the 30s and 40s into his performances. 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He recorded a number of their songs, including “Blackbird,” “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” When John Lennon and Paul McCartney were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, Mr. McCartney asked Mr. Rankin to represent them at the induction ceremony. $1.3 Million Kenny Rankin Wiki: Salary, Married, Wedding, Spouse, Family Kenny Rankin (Los Angeles, February 10, 1940 - June 7, 2009) was an American pop and jazz singer and songwriter, originally from the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, New York. His album "Family" featured cover art of Rankin holding his two young daughters. Kenny Rankin, a singer-songwriter and musician whose song “Peaceful” was a hit for Helen Reddy and who had popular covers himself of a pair of Beatles hits, has died.