From Pop Crooner to Reggae Star, American singer John Lester Nash Jr. commonly known as Johnny Nash has died at the age of 80.

Rock Me Baby  Hit maker passed on from a natural cause at his home in Houston.

Nash was born in Houston, Texas August 19, 1940, he sang in the choir at Progressive New Hope Baptist Church in South Central Houston as a child.

Johnny Nash began his career as a pop singer in the 1950’s. In the 1960’s, he and Danny Sims formed JAD Records, and while living in Jamaica, the pair signed Bob Marley and other members of the group, The Wailers.

Johnny Nash with this wife

Nash, also an actor and producer, was among the first artists to bring reggae to US audiences. He peaked commercially in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he had hits with Hold Me Tight, You Got Soul, an early version of Marley’s Stir It Up, and I Can See Clearly Now, still his signature song.

He was married three times and had two children. Johnny had loved riding horses since childhood and as an adult lived with his family on a ranch in Houston, where for years he also managed rodeo shows at the Johnny Nash Indoor Arena.