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Long before Linda Ronstadt, Natalie Cole, and countless other pop, rock, and soul artists attempted to cover standards, Kenny Rankin did it and with excellent results. Enlisting the arranging talents of Don Costa (Frank Sinatra), Rankin created a lush, romantic album that also maintains the mellow vibes of '70s singer/songwriter pop. Rankin succeeds beautifully, tackling such evergreens as "Here's That Rainy Day" and "When Sunny Gets Blue." In addition, without interrupting the mood, he does beautiful readings of more contemporary artists, such as Stephen Bishop on "On and On," and particularly the Rascals on "Groovin." His moody and heartfelt rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," his second recording of the song, demonstrates once more his ability to adopt Beatles songs as his own. Of all the R&B, rock, and pop artists to work with orchestras interpreting the great American songbook, few have matched the originality and fine results of this release.

Biography

Born: 10 February 1940 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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