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Johnny Nash

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Johnny Nash

American singer-songwriter Johnny Nash was 80 years old at the time of his death in early October, due to natural causes. His career began in the 1950s, and after releasing several albums, Nash achieved mainstream appeal with his chart topping song “I Can See Clearly Now,” which was a No. 1 hit in 1972.

While he himself had a successful career as a pop ballad singing musician, “Nash had a surprising hand in the development of reggae. As one of the owners of the JAD Records label, he signed Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer to an exclusive deal early in their careers,” as reported by NPR.

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