Although he initially built his career in the R&B world, singer Johnny Nash proved a pivotal force behind the mainstream acceptance of reggae with the international success of his 1972 chart-topper "I Can See Clearly Now." Already a seasoned performer by the time of its release, Nash had enjoyed modest success singing pop and R&B music before a late-'60s trip to Jamaica set him on a path that would dramatically alter his career. One of the first American acts to record in Kingston, Nash reached his commercial peak in the early '70s and remained popular, especially in England, throughout the decade, after which he more or less retired from recording, touring every now and then up until his death in 2020. Born in Houston, Texas, on August 19, 1940, Nash honed his vocal skills singing in his Baptist church's choir, and by 13 was a regular ...
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