John Lester Nash Jr., as Johnny Nash is called in full, died at home in his hometown of Houston, Texas. The singer-songwriter, actor and producer turned 80. No information is known about the cause of death, although Nash was struggling with a few ailments. “He was a fantastic father, and a true family man. He will be missed very much,” said his son John Nash III in a statement.
Nash will always be mentioned in the same breath with his world hit from 1972, “I can see clearly now”. Nash is said to have written his biggest hit when he had to recover from surgery. It’s about overcoming difficulties: a positive message delivered on catchy pop-reggae notes and with a hint of gospel.
The song effortlessly made it to number 1 on the charts in the United States and many other countries. Numerous artists have covered the song, including Ray Charles and Donny Osmond. Jimmy Cliff made a version for the soundtrack of “Cool runnings” in 1993. The song was also used in several commercials, and in the movie “Thelma and Louise”. Nash’s version of “I can see clearly now” sold 1 million units worldwide. (read on below the video)