Johnny Nash, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ Singer, Dead at 80

by Thad Mitchell
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Singer and songwriter Johnny Nash, most famous for his hit single “I Can See Clearly Now,” is dead at the age of 80.

His son, John Nash III, provided confirmation of his father’s death to TMZ on Tuesday. He says his father passed away of natural causes at his Houston, Texas home.

“He was a wonderful father and family man,” Nash says in a statement. “Dad loved people and the world. He will be missed within his community. Family was his everything.”

The Houston native made his debut as a major label talent in 1957 with “A Teenager Sings the Blues.” Nash would find huge commercial success in 1972 with the reggae-style hit, “I Can See Clearly Now.”

The upbeat and optimistic song, with its uplifting lyrics, would find its way to the top of the charts in November 1972. It remained at the top for several weeks. The catchy tune was covered by music icons Ray Charles, Donny Osmond, and many others. The song still carries relevance today, popping up in the occasional commercial from time to time.

The single sold more than 1 million copies, turning Nash into an international success. He was especially popular in Jamaica, where he became one of the first non-Jamaican singer to record Reggae on the island, according to TMZ.

Nash had Other Musical Success

Though “I Can See Clearly Now” was undoubtedly his most successful tune, the singer wasn’t just a one-hit-wonder. He also found success with Reggae tunes like “Stir It Up” and “Hold Me Tight,” according to Fox News.

Aside from music, Nash lived on a ranch in Houston was known to be a big lover of horses. He also managed rodeo shows at an arena bearing his name–Johnny Nash Indoor Arena.

His death comes shortly after the death of Country Music star Mac Davis.