Johnny Nash

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Johnny Nash
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Johnny Nash in 1965
Background information
Birth nameJohn Lester Nash, Jr.
Born (1940-08-19) August 19, 1940 (age 79)
OriginHouston, Texas, U.S.
Genrespop, reggae
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, composer, actor
Years active1956–present
LabelsEpic, JAD

John Lester "Johnny" Nash Jr. (born August 19, 1940), is an American reggae and soul singer. He was born in Houston, Texas USA.

His biggest hit was "I Can See Clearly Now" in 1972.

In his late teens Johnny Nash came to the attention of Arthur Godfrey and put in many appearances on his TV show. He also had a featured role in the motion picture "Take A Giant Step". Johnny began recording for the ABC Paramount label, and under the guidance of arranger producer Don Costa, he made a number of albums of standards. Including "Johnny Nash", "Let's Get Lost", "The Quiet Hour", "Studio Time" and "I Got Rhythm". Even though he possessed a superb singing voice, it seems that in the early 1960s, all young black male ballad singers were overshadowed by another Johnny. Johnny Mathis. Johnny Nash never really came into the forefront of pop music. He made a couple of obscure jazz tinged albums for the Argo label. Then after being off the scene for a couple of years, he emerged with a new music genre, the reggae, soul and caribbean type song stylings. This was the mid 70's and he found new fans and a new popularity.