Famous singer Johnny Nash, renowned for his 1972 hit, ‘I can see clearly now,’ passes away at 80.
According to reports, the famous singer and songwriter died due to natural causes. His son, John Nash, confirmed the tragic news to media outlets on Tuesday morning.
Johnny Nash was an American singer who belonged to the reggae as well as the pop music genre. His son explained how his father died at his own home in Houston, Texas due to natural reasons. Moreover, the famous singer started off his career during the 1950s.
By the 1960s, he formed JAD Records, alongside pal Danny Sims. This was during his stay in Jamaica. Meanwhile, the pair also signed major stars like Bob Marley and members arising from the Wailers group.
In 2012, Sims announced to Houston Chronicle how Johnny adored reggae music. Likewise, he enjoyed working alongside Bob Marley and the other guys. Moreover, he even taught Bob how to sing over the mic. On the contrary, they helped teach Johnny how to play with the famous Reggae rhythm.
The famous track ‘I can see clearly now’ went on to hit a clear number 1 over the Billboard Hot 100 charts in November 1972. Meanwhile, the star single retained its top position for around four weeks, as reported by Billboard.
On the other hand, the track actually returned back towards the Billboard charts when it underwent recording and release by Jimmy Cliff in 1993. This was a part of the Cool Runnings movie soundtrack project. Meanwhile, Cliff’s release managed to reach number 11 on the hit charts.
Johnny Nash is also renowned for singing the opening theme track for the cartoon series ‘The Mighty Hercules, aired during the 1960s. As per his website, he’s also one of the few first singers to record reggae music, despite being non-Jamaican.