I first heard the late Kenny Rankin back in the day on Minneapolis’s KQRS when it was a freeform FM radio station, in the late ’60 or early ’70s. I liked what I heard (probably his “Peaceful” or one of his many covers of Beatles songs), but forgot about him for a long time until I heard John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey talking him up and playing his music on their weekly Radio Deluxe program. They clearly loved him and still love his music.
In the video below Kenny performs “When Sunny Gets Blue,” one of the songs Don Costa arranged for The Kenny Rankin Album (1967). I’ve had Rankin’s version of the song going around in my head all day and wanted to share it with those of you who might enjoy it, concededly a niche market.