Kenny Rankin, 69, a pop vocalist and highly regarded musician-songwriter whose 50-year music career ranged from jazz to pop, died Sunday of complications from lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Mack Avenue Records spokesman Don Lucoff said.

The musician, who began with a handful of singles for Decca Records in the late 1950s, gained acclaim as one of the guitarists on Bob Dylan's landmark 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home.

Soon after, he made his first appearance on The Tonight Show, where he impressed host Johnny Carson so much that Carson contributed liner notes to Mr. Rankin's first album, 1967's Mind Dusters. Other albums included Family, Like a Seed, and Inside.

- AP