Johnny Nash, the singer best known for his euphoric 1972 hit ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, has sadly passed away at the age of 80.
His son confirmed that his father passed away on Tuesday at his home to CBS Los Angeles. It has been reported by TMZ, that the singer died of natural causes. “He was a wonderful father and family man,” his son, John Nash III, told TMZ. “He loved people and the world. He will be missed within his community. Family was his everything,” he added.
Nash was born in Houston, Texas, and as a child, he still got the performing bug after he started singing in his youth at the Progressive New Hope Baptist Church. His major-label arrived in 1957 when Nash released the single ‘A Teenager Sings the Blues’, a year later this was followed with his first chart hit with a cover of Doris Day’s ‘A Very Special Love’.
For the next decade, Nash’s career didn’t bother the chart too much before he scored a number six single with ‘Hold Me Tight’ which helped him find a brand new audience. Four years later in 1972, however, that’s when Nash’s career would reach unprecedented heights when he released the sunny in ‘I Can See Clearly Now’. The track went on to sell over one million copies and reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for four weeks.
On top of the commercial success, Nash also became the first non-Jamaican singer to record reggae music in Jamaica. He also dipped his toe into the world of acting, with him having several films and TV credits to his name, including a lead role in Take a Giant Step in 1959, as well as in 1960’s Key Witness and an appearance in obscure Swedish romance film called Vill så gärna tro in 1971.
Rest in peace, Johnny!