Johnny Nash, American singer-songwriter best known for ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, has passed on at 80.
The late singer’s son announced that he died from natural causes in his home at Houston on Tuesday.
Nash began his career as a pop singer in the 1950’s. In the 1960’s, Nash and Danny Sims formed JAD Records, and while living in Jamaica, the pair signed Bob Marley and other members of the group ‘The Wailers’.
‘I Can See Clearly Now’, his 1972 hit single, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in November that same year, where it remained for four weeks.
He also had a number one hit in the UK in 1975 with ‘Tears on My Pillow’.
Watch ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ below:
Nash also sang the opening theme song for cartoon series ‘The Mighty Hercules,’ which aired in the 1960’s.
He is said to be one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.
Nash was also an actor and producer, and appeared in roles like ‘Take a Giant Step’ (1959), ‘Key Witness’ (1960) and ‘Love Is Not a Game’ (1971).
Tributes have begun to pour in for the late singer as words of his death spread.
RIP Johnny Nash
Another legend lost, one of the first non Jamaicans to have a Reggae hit!
Thanks for pathing the way
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— ALI CAMPBELL & ASTRO (@UB40) October 7, 2020
Very sad to hear that two more reggae giants have passed.
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— Positive Vibration (@posvibefest) October 7, 2020
RIP Johnny Nash..seen here with Bob (Marley) in a Peckham, London school 1972..fab pic by art teacher Keith Baugh, who asked them along to play for the kids..& they came!❤️ pic.twitter.com/YPkqkkiHME
— Mike McCartney (@_MikeMcCartney_) October 7, 2020
Another legend gone.
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— UB40 (@UB40OFFICIAL) October 7, 2020
In memoriam Johnny Nash (1940-2020).
I think I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I've been praying for
It's gonna be a bright sunshiny day
— AC Fick (@acfick72) October 7, 2020
— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 7, 2020
R.I.P to the reggae legend Johnny Nash. One of the artists who made me fall in love with lovers rock and reggae music in the early 70s. So many amazing tunes and a voice like silk. I have never really known a time with reggae music. He was one of the greatest. #JohnnyNash
— Boy George (the truth is in your breath) (@BoyGeorge) October 7, 2020
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