Texas-born singer-songwriter Johnny Nash released "Stir It Up," his final US hit, as a follow-up to his signature tune "I Can See Clearly Now
." Both singles were infused with the reggae sound he brought back from a 1967 trip to Jamaica, where he met up-and-comer Bob Marley. Not only was Marley an assistant producer on Nash's album, but he also contributed a handful of tunes, including "Stir It Up," a love song about stirring up desire that Marley wrote for his wife, Rita.
Nash's version would become Marley's first hit outside of Jamaica, but he originally recorded it with his own group, The Wailers. After Nash's success, The Wailers recorded it again for their 1973 album, Catch a Fire
. Marley's version came to the forefront when it appeared on his greatest hits collection Legend
in 1984, three years after his death.