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Johnny Nash

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Though by no means an artistic innovator on par with contemporaries such as Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff, singer Johnny Nash nevertheless proved a pivotal force behind the mainstream acceptance of reggae with the international success of his 1972 chart-topper "I Can See Clearly Now." 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 on the local television series Matinee, performing covers of current R&B hits; in 1956 he was discovered by Arthur Godfrey, appearing on his radio and TV broadcasts for the next seven years. Nash signed to ABC-Paramount to release his 1957 debut single "A Teenager Sings the Blues," scoring his first chart hit early the following year with a rendition of Doris Day's "A Very Special Love"; in late 1958, he also teamed with Paul Anka and George Hamilton IV for the inspirational "The Teen Commandments." Marketed as a rival to Johnny Mathis, he even began a film career with 1959's Take a Giant Step, also appearing in 1960's Key Witness before his career flagged with a series of little-noticed singles for Warner Bros., Groove, and Argo. Nash returned to prominence in 1965 when the ballad "Let's Move and Groove Together" reached the R&B Top Five; more importantly, the record became a major hit in Jamaica, where he traveled in 1967 on a promotional tour. During a return trip, he cut the ska-influenced single "Hold Me Tight" at Byron Lee's Federal Studios -- a Top Five pop hit on both sides of the Atlantic, the record was issued on his own JAD label, which in early 1970 scored a Top 40 hit with a reggaefied rendition of Sam Cooke's "Cupid" as well. The following year Nash scored a major British hit with his reading of the Bob Marley perennial "Stir It Up"; while living in Britain, he signed to Epic, which in 1972 released his biggest hit, "I Can See Clearly Now," which sat atop the American pop charts for four weeks. Although his popularity at home again dimmed, Nash returned to the U.K. charts in 1975 with his number one classic "Tears on My Pillow," followed a year later by another Sam Cooke cover, "(What A) Wonderful World." He gradually retired from performing, although he released an album, Here Again, in 1986, and made a few live appearances. In the early 2000s he began the work of transferring analog tapes of his material from the '70s and '80s to a digital platform at Tierra Studios in his native Houston. Intensely private, Nash stayed out of the public eye except for occasional tours as the 21st century deepened. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Johnny Nash

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    24 songs

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    Johnny Nash (Debut LP) + the Quiet Hour [feat. Don Costa & Orchestra]

    12 songs

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    The Lord's Prayer

    10 songs

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    500 Miles

    12 songs

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    The Quiet Hour

    12 songs

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    They're Vicious

    12 songs

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    I Can See Clearly Now

    12 songs

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    Johnny Nash

    10 songs

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    Collections

    16 songs

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    The Best of Johnny Nash

    21 songs

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    The Reggae Collection

    25 songs

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    I See God

    26 songs

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    The Love Nest

    18 songs

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    That's All

    25 songs

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    Highlights Of Johnny Nash, Vol. 1

    26 songs

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    Highlights Of Johnny Nash, Vol. 2

    25 songs

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    I Believe

    26 songs

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    Together

    13 songs

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    The Gospel Side of Johnny Nash

    12 songs

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    Let's Get Lost

    12 songs

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    I Got Rhythm

    41 songs

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    Living Legend

    35 songs

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    The Greatest Hits Collection

    39 songs

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    I Dream of You

    42 songs

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    Johnny Nash the Greatest Hits of the Early Years

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Top Songs by
Johnny Nash

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    Popularity
  2.   I Can See Clearly Now
  3.   Stir It Up
  4.   Hold Me Tight
  5.   Cream Puff
  6.   Dream Lover
  7.   We're All Alike
  8.   Intro (Northwest Speedway Remote) by Wolfman Jack
  9.   Say It Ain't True
  10.   Imagination
  11.   Salt Annie Ginger Tree
  12.   Goodnight Baby
  13.   Some of Your Lovin'
  14.   Nice Time
  15.   Don't Forget
  16.   Here Are More Questions
  17.   Wonderful World
  18.   Jamaica
  19.   There Are No More Questions Than Answers
  20.   Loving You
  21.   Groovin'
  22.   Tears on My Pillow
  23.   What a Wonderful World
  24.   Ooh What A Feeling
  25.   Guava Jelly
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Johnny Nash

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    Bob Marley: DNA

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    Euphoric Hits

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    Family Road Trip

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    4th of July Celebration

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    Jimmy Cliff: I Am The DJ

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    Oldies

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    Classic Hits

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    Kids Classic Hits

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    '70s Hits

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    My Parents' Record Collection

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    Soft Hits

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Toddlers

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    '70s Deep Dive

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    '60s Deep Dive

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    '90s Hits

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    Acid Jazz


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