November 1972 – I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash

November 1972 – a song popular in this month – I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash

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.

Interesting facts about I Can See Clearly Now & Johnny Nash

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 four weeks late in 1972.

Born in Houston, Texas, he started his career as a pop singer in the late ’50s with his first charting hit, “A Very Special Love.”

“There are three artists who’ve really influenced me in my singing career,” Nash told Melody Maker in 1969. “They are the late Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Harry Belafonte. They all have something I wish I had.”

A cover version by Jimmy Cliff (for a time, a bigger reggae star than Bob Marley) went to #18 in the US in 1994. His version was used in the John Candy movie Cool Runnings, about the Jamaican bobsled team.

This was featured in the opening sequence of the 1997 John Cusack film Grosse Pointe Blank. It was also used in the movie Thelma And Louise.

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28 thoughts on “November 1972 – I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash

  1. I remember dancing in a row to this while sporting my sisters old Cromby Jacket, a Ben sherman shirt and Travera two tone suit and a short masculine haircut I think the term in UK was ‘smoothies’ who were more kicking against the remnants of hippy chic and embracing Jimmy Ruffin & Motown . Wow I had forgotten all of tjat… thanl you.

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  2. Great choice for so many reasons. A perfect song for you and your current journey apart from your love of 70’s songs. I had to smile to myself when I saw “Midnight Special’ was the show that the video came from and his tight leather pants. Oh, the good old 70’s!

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