Singer Johnny Nash, who hit No. 1 in 1972 with “I Can See Clearly Now,” died on Tuesday at the age of 80.
Nash death at his home near Houston was confirmed by his son Johnny Jr.
Nash was instrumental in popularizing reggae song and was said to have signed Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer to publishing and recording contracts, according to this website biography.
“I Can See Clearly Now,” a 1972 hit is undoubtedly his best known song, it topped the charts for four weeks straight and became a hit again in 1993 after Jimmy Cliff recorded it for the soundtrack of the movie “Cool Runnings.”
According to his bio, he had spent much of his last years transferring the analog tapes of his songs to Pro Tools digital format.