Singer-guitarist Kenny Rankin died in 2009, but his music and legacy is being kept alive by his family, who have organized a reissue schedule for nearly half of his back catalog. The releases were made possible by the generosity of the late, legendary comic George Carlin. (More on that later.)
The label imprint Sly Dog Records, marketed and distributed by jazz label Mack Avenue Records, will release six of Rankin’s earlier albums in the coming months, including classic Rankin material like Family (that’s the one with a cover of a naked Rankin holding his two young daughters, also naked-it was the ’70s, OK?) and Like a Seed. The albums will be officially released on Feb. 16. Interestingly, they’re labeled as “jazz/pop,” a tag that doesn’t really do justice to the genre-crossing yet singular Rankin.