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This is not a song about suicide, as has been hypothesized. It is a song of hope and courage for individuals who have experienced adversity in their lives but have overcome it. (thanks, Robert - Trumbull, CT)
Johnny Nash is a Texas singer/songwriter who recorded Reggae-influenced music. In 1967 he went to Jamaica and recorded his song "Hold Me Tight" and a cover of Sam Cooke's "Cupid
" with a local rhythm section. Both songs became hits in Jamaica, and over the next two years also charted in England and the United States. By 1972, "Cecilia
" and "Mother And Child Reunion
" found some success in the States incorporating Reggae rhythms, and Nash followed that trend with "I Can See Clearly Now." Nash had legitimate Reggae credentials - Bob Marley (before he became crazy famous) was an assistant producer and session player on the album, and also wrote 3 of the songs, including "Stir It Up," which became Nash's next - and final - hit.
A cover version by Jimmy Cliff went to #18 in the US in 1994. His version was in the John Candy movie Cool Runnings, about the Jamaican bobsled team.
Nash wrote this song himself. He recorded it in London with members of The Average White Band, who in 1974 had a hit of their own with "Pick Up The Pieces
This was #1 in the US for 4 weeks late in 1972.
This was featured in the opening sequence of the 1997 John Cusack film Grosse Pointe Blank. It was also used in the movie Themla And Louise. (thanks, Kristy - La Porte City, IA)
According to the official biography of Barclay James Harvest, "I Can See Clearly Now" sold seven million copies, and arranger Martyn Ford received the princely sum of £35 for his services. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)
Ray Charles performed this on an episode of Saturday Night Live.
The Murderdolls frontman on how growing up with horror movies led to a life of shock rock.
The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
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