Kenny Rankin R.I.P.

 

Respected
singer-songwriter dies after battle with lung cancer.

 

By Fred Mills

 

More sad news from the singer-songwriter world: soft-rock
great Kenny Rankin passed away yesterday, June 7, following a short
battle with lung cancer. Full details are sketchy at this time – the news is so
recent that his official website isn’t listing it yet – but according to a post
at eJazzNews.com
, he was diagnosed just a few weeks ago with stage IV lung
cancer and he died “with his loving family by his side.”

 

Rankin was a mainstay of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s
pop/folk scene, and his deft guitar work also helped him cross over to the jazz
milieu. He had a number of chart hits in the ‘70s – 1976’s The Kenny Rankin Album was a mainstay of college dorms back in the
day, while 1980’s After the Roses was
another critical favorite. His songs were also covered by numerous other performers,
including Stephen Bishop who cracked the top 20 in ’77 with Rankin’s “On and
On.” His last studio album was 2002’s A
Song For You
, although 1999’s live album The Bottom Line Encore Collection is considered an eminently worthy
entry in his discography.

 

 

 

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