One of the great singers in the pop and jazz world over the last 35 years, and maybe the most unknown at the same time was Kenny Rankin. He had such a unique quality to his voice and possessed such a great command of each vocal line that he sang. He was also a great songwriter and the most incredible arranger.
Of all of the singers that I have followed and admired over the years, Kenny Rankin is most puzzling to me as to why he was not more popular. Sadly, in 2009 Kenny passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Here is one of many amazing examples of his arrangement and vocal prowess in his version of the Beatles classic: Blackbird: