Nash first sang pop and later reggae. He was friends with Bob Marley and helped him get started in his career. Nash later had a hit with his cover of Marley’s song Stir it Up.
Nash has also acted in films and television series and was a producer. His health had deteriorated and he died of natural causes, his son tells entertainment website TMZ.
“He was a great father and family man. He loved people and the world,” said John Nash III. “He will be missed by his community. Family was his everything.”
Really a reggae man
Singer Lee Towers has never had a response from Nash about his version of I can see clearly now. “There are so many who have recorded this song, I think a few hundred,” he says in it NOS Radio 1 News. “The primal performance was very good. He really was a reggae man and with my thick sound I made something different from it.”
“I was always looking for music that I thought: I can do something with this”, says the Rotterdam singer. “Now that’s easy, you had to physically buy records. When I went to America, I came back with a suitcase full of records and tapes.”
Towers loses another example due to the death. “Mac Davis, one of my other heroes, also passed away last week,” the singer recalls. Davis has written for artists such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Tom Jones. He was 78 years old.