Before #JohnnyNash was a veteran and an inspirational POW, he was a beautiful soul with the power to touch people’s hearts and hearts all across America. RIP to a musical legend. pic.twitter.com/vYi4iU4HBV — Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) October 8, 2018
Johnny Nash, the classic-rock singer who scored a signature hit in 1969 with “I Can See Clearly Now,” died Tuesday at the age of 80.
Nash died in a Nashville hospice, according to his son, A. Scott Nash. He had been suffering from prostate cancer.
Born in Rockport, Texas, Johnny Nash was one of four sons of a Texas oilman. He grew up in Fort Worth, played Little League and college football, and sang in bars with his older brother Merle. He earned his first record deal while touring with Merle Nash in 1964.
“His popularity grew steadily,” Nash’s son wrote in a 2015 profile of his father for the online record website PureVolume. “Johnny regularly played hits, and it wasn’t long before his brothers, Merle and Ricky, joined him on stage. The Nash Brothers became an instant hit, carving out their own territory in the modern American songbook with a repertoire that appealed to a wide range of musical tastes.”