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Johnny Nash, Singer Of ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, Dies Aged 80

by : Emily Brown on : 07 Oct 2020 09:29
Johnny Nash, Singer Of 'I Can See Clearly Now', Dies Aged 80consequence/Twitter/PA Images

Legendary reggae and pop singer-songwriter Johnny Nash has died aged 80. 

Nash’s son, Johnny Nash Jr., said his father’s health had been in decline recently. He passed away at his home in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, October 6.

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Best known for his hit I Can See Clearly Now, Nash was born in Houston and began singing as a child in church.

By the time he was a teenager Nash had his own show on Houston television, and within years he had a national following through his appearances on The Arthur Godfrey Show, his hit cover of Doris Day’s A Very Special Love, and a collaboration with Paul Anka and George Hamilton IV on the The Teen Commandments (of Love), the Guardian reports.

Nash became one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica, and made his major label debut with the 1957 song A Teenager Sings the Blues.

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His hit single I Can See Clearly Now was released in 1972, when Nash was in his early 30s, and sold more than a million copies. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and managed to hold on to the position for four weeks.

The singer achieved another number one hit in 1975 with Tears on My Pillow.

Throughout his career, Nash also co-ran a record company and played a part in launching the career of Bob Marley by helping him sign a recording contract, according to his official website.

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In more recent years, Nash began transferring old analogue tapes of his songs from the 1970s and 1980s to a new digital format.

Fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to Nash, who is survived by his son and his wife, Carli.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

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