Johnny Nash, best known for the 1972 hit I Can See Clearly Now, has died Tuesday at his home, his son has confirmed.

The American reggae and pop music singer-songwriter was aged 80 when he passed away, CBS Los Angeles has reported.

Johnny was born in Houston and started singing as a child at Progressive New Hope Baptist Church.

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He made his debut on a major record label in 1957 with the single ‘A Teenager Sings the Blues.’

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Johnny enjoyed his first chart success with a cover of Doris Day’s ‘A Very Special Love’ in early 1958.

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It was in 1972 that he had his career defining hit with the reggae-influenced single ‘I Can See Clearly Now’.

The single sold over a million copies in the United States alone and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on November 4, 1972.

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It remained at the top of the chart for four weeks with Johnny saying that the song was one “of hope and courage for individuals who have experienced adversity in their lives but have overcome it.” [Daily Mirror]

 


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