Johnny Nash, best known for the 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now” died Tuesday October 6 at his home. He was 80. Born in Houston, Nash started singing as a child at Progressive New Hope Baptist Church.
He made his major label debut in 1957 with the single “A Teenager Sings the Blues”. His first chart hit was a cover of Doris Day’s “A Very Special Love”, in 1958. However, his claim to fame was the 1972 reggae-influenced single “I Can See Clearly Now”.
The single sold over one million copies, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained atop the chart for four weeks. After covering Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World” in 1976 and “Let’s Go Dancing” in 1979, Nash took a step back from the spotlight before releasing the 1986 album “Here Again”.