R.I.P. Kenny Rankin

LA TImes:

Kenny Rankin, a singer-songwriter and musician whose song “Peaceful” was a hit for Helen Reddy and who had popular covers himself of a pair of Beatles hits, has died. He was 69. 

Rankin died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The cause of death, according to his management company, was lung cancer, which was diagnosed three weeks ago. 

His career, which spanned more than five decades, almost defied categorization. A well-regarded guitarist, he played in Bob Dylan’s backup band on the influential 1965 album “Bringing It All Back Home.” He also spent several years on the road opening for comedian George Carlin.

Rankin appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson more than 25 times. Carson was such a fan that he wrote the liner notes for Rankin’s 1967 debut LP, “Mind Dusters.” 

As a singer with a velveteen tenor voice, he had highly successful covers of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and “Penny Lane” in the mid-1970s and in 1976 recorded an LP of standards, “The Kenny Rankin Album,” with a large orchestra conducted by Don Costa. More…


Monday Open Thread – Marines Rescue Scott O’Grady on June 8, 1995



In line with the US Military’s policy of  doing everything possible to retrieve its downed warriors, living or dead, a team of  US Marines rescued the USAF pilot, Capt. Scott O’Grady, alive, on this date in 1995.

He had been shot down behind Serbian lines. Hiding during the day and foraging the landscape for sustenance (water, ants and grass, no – not pot) at night, he eluded Serbian searchers for six days prior to being rescued. He maintained radio silence for the first three days and did not broadcast a verbal message, only short beacons on a rescue channel until the sixth. This strategy gave the rescuers a heads-up and insured the success of the rescue mission.

This incident has all the thrills for an adventure movie. In fact, 20th Century Fox made one which did not thrill Capt. O’Grady.

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