Johnny Nash has been recording wonderful music since the mid 1950’s and has charted 23 records on the Billboard pop music chart and Adult Contemporary chart. He was born on August 19, 1940 in Houston, Texas. Johnny was on local TV from the age of 13 and was with Arthur Godfrey’s TV and radio shows from 1956-1963.
In 1957 he recorded a song that would become his very first national hit record. On December 30, 1957 his recording of A VERY SPECIAL LOVE made its Billboard Top 100 chart debut. The single record on ABC-Paramount became a big hit in the early months of 1958. The single remained on the Top 100 for 10 weeks and charted at #23. Johnny was on his way to a career that would include 6 Top 40 hits and a #1 Pop and Adult Contemporary hit…I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW in 1972.
The flip-side of the single is WON’T YOU LET ME SHARE MY LOVE WITH YOU a good song with a little up-tempo sound. It did not chart. In 1958 ABC-Paramount released the Johnny Nash album entitled, “JOHNNY NASH”. The album featured the song, THAT’S ALL. The song was not released as a single, but did receive some air-play. The tender ballad is one of Johnny’s finest vocals. It is one of the greatest love songs ever written and Johnny’s wonderful vocal takes it directly to your heart.
Johnny would be back in the Top 40 in December of 1958. His recording, along with label mates, Paul Anka and George Hamilton IV on THE TEEN COMMANDMENTS became a #29 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1959.
In 1965 Johnny would start his own record label…JoDa Records. In 1967 he began recording in Jamaica. His early recordings on ABC-Paramount bring back wonderful memories from the era known as the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL.
Till the next time—Joe