Johnny Nash, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ singer, dead at 80
Johnny spent almost half of his career, transfering analogue tapes of his recordings in the 1970’s to Digital Formats.
He grew his fan base after he released his first song, titled “A Very Special Love” in the late 1950s, but he was best known for “I Can See Clearly Now”, which sold more than one million copies and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.
Primarily a reggae and pop singer, he was one of the first non-Jamaican artists to record reggae music in Kingston. Nash has four acting credits in film and television. In 1959, he had the lead role as Spencer Scott in Take a Giant Step, directed by Philip Leacock, one of the first black family films written by a black writer. In 1960 he appeared as “Apple” alongside Dennis Hopper in the crime drama Key Witness. In 1971, he played Robert in the Swedish romance Vill så gärna tro
He died at home after failing to respond medical treatment. He left behind his wife Carli and son Johnny.