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Above all, I'm a jazz singer who likes to mess with the melody. I sing the songs that touch me in the heart, the songs I would like to sing to someone in front of a roaring fire...But don't get me wrong. We don't live in a fantasy world, though we all have one. (from an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1997)
was such a huge fan of Rankin's that he invited him to perform on The Tonight Show more than 20 times, and wrote the liner notes to his 1967 debut album, 'Mind Dusters'.