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Singer Johnny Nash dies. Listen to his hit 'I Can See Clearly Now'
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Singer Johnny Nash dies. Listen to his hit 'I Can See Clearly Now'

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Johnny Nash, seen here performing on BBC Television's "Top of the Pops" in London in April 1972, died Tuesday at 80, his son, John Nash, said.

Johnny Nash, best known for his 1972 hit "I Can See Clearly Now," died Tuesday morning, his son, John Nash, told CNN. He was 80 years old.

The American reggae and pop music singer-songwriter died of natural causes at his home in Houston, his son said.

His reggae-influenced "I Can See Clearly Now" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Nov. 4, 1972, and stayed in the top spot for four weeks, according to Billboard.

Listen to the song here:

Johnny Nash began his career as a pop singer in the 1950s. In the 1960s, he and Danny Sims formed JAD Records, and while living in Jamaica, the pair signed Bob Marley and other members of the group The Wailers.

"Johnny loved reggae," Sims told the Houston Chronicle in 2012. "And he loved Bob and the guys. He taught Bob how to sing on the mic, and they taught Johnny how to play the reggae rhythm."

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Johnny Nash is seen in a 1975 photo taken at Whitfield Street Studios in London.

The song "I Can See Clearly Now" returned to the Billboard charts when it was recorded by Jamaican reggae star Jimmy Cliff for the 1993 "Cool Runnings" movie soundtrack. Cliff's version made it to No. 11 on the Billboard charts.

Nash also sang the opening theme song for cartoon series "The Mighty Hercules," which aired in the 1960s.

According to his website, Nash was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.

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