American reggae and pop singer-songwriter Johnny Nash, greatest identified for the 1972 hit I Can See Clearly Now, has died aged 80, his household has stated.
Nash, whose well being had been in decline, died at his dwelling of pure causes on Tuesday, his son informed US media.
The musician started singing as a toddler and made his main label debut with the 1957 tune A Teenager Sings the Blues.
Nash, born in Houston, was one of many first non-Jamaican singers to document reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.
His single I Can See Clearly Now bought greater than 1,000,000 copies and reached the highest of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972, the place it remained for 4 weeks.
He additionally had a primary hit within the UK in 1975 with Tears on My Pillow.
According to his official web site, Nash helped reggae legend Bob Marley signal a recording contract.
Nash’s covers of songs like Stir It Up helped carry Marley’s music to a broader viewers, and the pair later collaborated on a observe referred to as You Poured Sugar On Me.
‘Music is for the ears and never the age’
In an interview with Zoo World journal in 1973, Nash informed journalist Cameron Crowe he hoped his music had large attraction. “I really feel that music is common. Music is for the ears and never the age. Everybody likes music… from eight to 80.
“There are some individuals who say that they hate music,” he added. “I’ve run into a couple of, however I’m unsure I imagine them. Maybe they’ve by no means been with out music. Know what I imply?”
Reacting to the information of his demise, singer Boy George credited Nash, along with his “voice like silk”, as one of many artists who “made me fall in love” with reggae.
British ska band The Beat described it as “a sad day for music”.
US actor John Cusack additionally paid tribute to the late singer on-line, thanking him for permitting them to make use of his most well-known observe within the 1997 film Grosse Pointe Blank.
Besides his son John, Nash is survived by his spouse, Carli.