- Larvester Gaither
was born John Lester Nash to John Lester Nash, Sr. and Eliza Armstrong in Houston, Texas. “Johnny” Nash, as he was widely known, soared to fame on the wings of the ubiquitous hit song “I Can See Clearly Now,” which reached number one on the Billboard 100 chart in 1972, where it remained for four weeks. The song has been covered by hundreds of artists across many genres, including jazz player Kermit Ruffins, blues musician Ray Charles, rock group The Rolling Stones, and reggae artist Jimmy Cliff. Although much of his musical acclaim is identified with the song’s success, Nash is also credited with stimulating an American taste for rock-steady Jamaican reggae. In a very substantial way, Nash helped set the stage upon which the legendary Bob Marley triumphed with his internationally acclaimed music.
Nash s formative years were spent in Third Ward Houston where his father worked ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.