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Johnny Nash

Born on 19 August 1940, in Houston, Texas, John Lester Nash, Jr was one of the first black entertainers to work on Houston TV.

He later won a talent contest after which he dropped plans to attend UCLA to appear regularly on the Arthur Godfrey radio and TV shows.

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Nash used his high, clear voice for two different styles of songs: in the 50s he was a teen ballad star, but in the 70s he had hits with reggae-tinged material and was the first American artist to record Bob Marley‘s songs.

In 1967 he hit the US charts with A Special Kind Of Love and had his first UK hit in 1968 with Hold Me Tight which he followed with CupidYou Got SoulStir It Up, I Can See Clearly Now and There Are More Questions Than Answers, making him probably the most successful reggae-influenced artist.