In Memoriam: Johnny Nash (1940 – 1980)

John Lester Nash Jr. (August 19, 1940 – October 6, 2020) was an American reggae and pop music singer-songwriter, best known in the United States for his 1972 hit, “I Can See Clearly Now”. He was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.

Johnny Nash, whose 1972 song “I Can See Clearly Now” became a Number One hit and enduring radio song, died on Tuesday, his son confirmed to CBS. No cause of death was given. He was 80.

Nash began singing as a child in church in Houston, Texas, where he was born. As a teenager, he participated in a local variety show where he sang R&B covers, and in his late teens, he made his major label debut with 1957’s “A Teenager Sings the Blues.” The following year, his cover of Doris Day’s “A Very Special Love” marked his first charting single. Nash continued to release singles on a variety of labels and scored another chart hit with 1965’s “Let’s Move and Groove Together.”

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