One of the few significant US based reggae performer in the 1960's was Johnny Nash,
a black, Texan soul singer who visited Kingston to record. These sessions in 1968
resulted in the international hits 'Cupid', 'Hold Me Tight' and the minor hit 'You Got
Soul'. You will find them all on the commercial rocksteady album Hold Me Tight.
Nash formed a partnership with producer Danny Sims, and a label, JAD, releasing
recordings by Bob Marley (by whom Nash was very impressed), Byron Lee, Lloyd
Price and Kim Weston as well as his own material until the label folded in the early
1970's. He returned to recording in Jamaica at Harry J.'s studio where he met Marley
again. His 'Stir It Up' revived Nash's career by peaking at number thirteen on the UK
Chart in June 1972. Nash continued to enjoy popularity with 'I Can See Clearly Now'.
Hold Me Tight/Let's Move And Groove Together, Jad (1968)
You Got Soul/Don't Cry, Jad (1968)
Cupid/People In Love, Jad (1969)
HOLD ME TIGHT, Jad JS-1207 (1968)
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, CBS 31607 (1972)