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Johnny Nash (1940–2020), ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ singer

by Kirk Fox

Johnny Nash was a singer best known for his No. 1 hit song “I Can See Clearly Now” in 1972.

  • Died: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 (Who else died on October 6?) 
  • Details of Death: Died of natural causes at the age of 80, his son confirmed to the Associated Press.  
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‘I Can See Clearly Now’ 

Johnny Nash was not exactly a one-hit wonder though his most popular song by far is the reggae influenced pop song ‘I Can See Clearly Now.’ Nash wrote and produced the song that was a million selling record in 1972. A fan of reggae, he had moved to Jamaica in the late 1960s with his manager. They started record label JAD Records and met Bob Marley and other reggae greats. Before Jamaica, Nash was a singer on the Arthur Godfrey radio program and had a top 10 hit on the R&B charts in 1965 with ‘Let’s Move and Groove Together.’ He also acted in a few films including co-starring opposite Dennis Hopper in 1960’s ‘Key Witness.’ Later, he seemed to retire from the music scene and did not do any interviews.  

On his music career in 1973 

“Because what I want to do is be a part of this business and to express myself and get some kind of acceptance by making people happy. I’ve had a kind of freedom most of my career to record and do what I like to do. Now it’s being accepted… the ultimate form of acceptance being the number one record and all. That feels great… but it doesn’t mean that I’m gonna go off on a big ego musical trip.” —1973 interview with Cameron Crowe for Zoo World Magazine 

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What they said about him

Full Obituary: Variety

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