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Singer, producer, and songwriter Johnny Nash was the first American to record the Wailers between 1970 and 1972, and also to put some publishing money into the lunch pail of Bob Marley. Nash scored big hits with "I Can See Clearly Now," and "Stir It Up," — the latter written by Marley. Nash's easy pop-reggae was unique at the time, and caught on with AM radio listeners. He was also a decent if not necessarily original soul singer as this collection attests. Legacy issued this ten-song retrospective even as Nash was working in Texas with Pro Tools to remaster his own music — several tracks were lost in the mixing process, meaning that no one has ever heard either the hits or the misses as they were originally intended. Still, this collection is dirt cheap and is well worth the money for its considerable entertainment value.

Biography

Born: 19 August 1940 in Houston, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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