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Who was Johnny Nash and what are his best-known songs?

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Johnny Nash

Johnny Nash helped launch the career of friend Bob Marley (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Johnny Nash has sadly died at the age of 80 in his home city of Houston.

The singer-songwriter died of natural causes.

Nash was a legend in the Reggae music scene, and is best known for his uplifting and inspirational lyrics.

We take a look back at the music icon’s illustrious career spanning music, TV, and film, and his best known songs.

Who was Johnny Nash?

Johnny Nash was born John Lester Nash Jr in Huston, Texas, on August 19, 1940.

Nash loved music from a young age and sang in the Progressive New Hope Baptist Church choir as a child.

Johnny Nash in a recording studio.

Johnny Nash started singing from a young age (Picture: Michael Ochs Archives)

From 1953, Nash sang covers of R&B hits on a local variety show on KPRC-TV, and from 1956 he sang on Arthur Godfrey’s radio and television programs.

Nash was just 17 when he had his major label debut with the 1957 song ‘A Teenager Sings the Blues’, and then had his first chart hit in 1958 with a cover of Doris Day’s ‘A Very Special Love’.

In 1967, Nash co-ran his own record label called JDA Records, and helped launch the career of his friend Bob Marley by producing his early tracks such as ‘Stir It Up’.

Nash has a few acting credits in film and television.

He had the lead role as Spencer Scott in Take a Giant Step, one of the first black family films written by a black writer.

He appeared as Apple alongside Dennis Hopper in the crime drama Key Witness.

Nash played Robert in the Swedish romance movie Want So Much To Believe – he also co-composed the soundtrack with Bob Marley.

Johnny Nash singing.

Johnny Nash co-composed the music in a Swedish romance movie with Bob Marley (Picture: Hulton Archive)

What are Johnny Nash’s best known songs?

Johnny Nash’s signature song is ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ (1972).

The track sold more than a million copies and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972, where it remained for four weeks.

Reportedly written by Nash while recovering from cataract surgery, the song was a story of overcoming hard times.

Some other of Nash’s hit songs include ‘Tears On My Pillow’ (1975) and ‘Rock Me Baby’ (1986).

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