Moving and grooving

In 1965, I heard Johnny Nash for the first time. This was seven years before his ginormous reggae-based hit “I Can See Clearly Now,” but by 1965 Nash had already put out more than thirty singles over a nine-year period, few of which made any kind of chart noise. “Let’s Move and Groove (Together)” went nowhere at Top 40 — well, to #88, which if not nowhere is certainly nowhere-adjacent — but it climbed all the way to #4 on Billboard’s recently revived R&B chart. A local Top 40 outlet deemed their library copy superfluous, and somehow it ended up with me. It’s still a great song, even if there isn’t even the faintest whiff of reggae in those grooves.

Nash would break through in 1968 with the bouncy “Hold Me Tight.”


  1. McGehee »

    10 March 2018 · 5:02 pm

    When “Clearly” hit radio, I recognized his name from the theme song for the old pre-Disney Hercules cartoon show. I’m pretty sure those had been his only performances I’d heard until … well, today.

  2. McGehee »

    10 March 2018 · 5:04 pm

    Ooh, maybe not: “Stir It Up.”

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