Entertainer Johnny Nash died October 6, 2020 as a result of natural causes in his Houston, Texas home at the age of 80.

A reggae singer, Nash is best known for his smash hit “I Can See Clearly Now”.  It is reported that Nash penned the song while recovering from cataract surgery.  The song would later be covered by numerous artists including Ray Charles, Donny Osmond, Soul Asylum, and Jimmy Cliff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkwJ-g0iJ6w

Nash once said, “I feel that music is universal. Music is for the ears and not the age.”

While he is best known for “I Can See Clearly Now”; Nash also had hits with  “Hold Me Tight” and “You Got Soul”; as well as, an early version of “Stir it Up”.

Nash was the first American to perform and record reggae music in Jamaica.

The singer, songwriter, actor, and producer began his musical career as a teenager in the fifties.

In just 10 years, Nash was helping to run a record company where he helped to launch the career of friend and fellow reggae singer Bob Marley.  He also collaborated on a song with Paul Anka.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4Zm6YRHDk

Nash’s music has appeared in nearly 70 film and television productions including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”, “Scandal”, “The Boondocks”, “The Practice”, “Cool Runnings”, “Thelma & Louise”, “Saturday Night Live”, “The Wonder Years”, and “The Mighty Hercules”

Nash has also appeared as an actor in “Love is Not a Game”, “Key Witness”, and “Take a Giant Step”.

Since leaving music in the late eighties, Nash has managed rodeo shows in his Indoor Arena.  A native of Houston, Nash has loved horseback riding since he was a child.

John Lester Nash Jr was born on August 19, 1940 and began singing in the church before garnering a national audience from his appearances on “The Arthur Godfrey Show”. 

He is survived by his third wife Carli and children John and Monica.

Johnny Nash discography:
“Johnny Nash”
“Quiet Hour”
“I Got Rhythm”
“Let’s Get Lost”
“Starring Johnny Nash: Studio Time”
“Composer’s Choice”
“Hold Me Tight”
“Let’s Go Dancing”
“Folk Soul”
“Prince of Peace”
“I Can See Clearly Now”
“Teardrops in the Rain”
“My Merry-Go-Round”
“Celebrate Life”
“What a Wonderful World Epic”
“The Johnny Nash Album”
“Tears on My Pillow”
“The Sixties Compilation”

feature photo credit: Johnny Nash’s webpage