Many believe, wrongly, that the title I Can See Clearly Now is the work of Jimmy Cliff , following his interpretation for the soundtrack of the film Rasta Rockett, released in France in 1994. Not at all! I Can See Clearly Now became a hit twenty years earlier, when Johnny Nash released it in the 1970s. The singer has unfortunately just bowed out.
The American media indeed report that Johnny Nash died Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the age of 80. Born in Texas, he passed away in his Houston home, as his son Johnny Jr. told CBS Los Angeles. His health had deteriorated in recent years and he died of natural causes.
Johnny Nash, singer-songwriter best known for his 1972 hit ‘I Can See Clearly Now,’ has died at age 80.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 7, 2020
His track I Can See Clearly Now hit the top of the US sales charts, as did his other UK hit Tears on My Pillow in 1975. Johnny Nash was the first non-Jamaican singer to record reggae in Jamaica, according to its website. “ He was a wonderful father and a devoted man to his family. He loved people and the world. He will be missed in his community. Family was everything to him. ” his son told TMZ .
After starting to sing in a church choir and then participating in the TV show Matinee for covers of rhythm and blues standards from the 1950s, it was in 1956 that Johnny Nash was spotted by Arthur Godfrey (host and actor ), who featured him on his radio and TV shows for seven years.
A successful career followed until the end of the 1970s, then a desert crossing. His work returns to the spotlight with the release of Rasta Rockett.