Johnny Nash began as a pop singer in the 1950s. Nash recorded  
   several hits in Jamaica, where he travelled in early 1968, Nash
  planned to try breaking the local rocksteady sound in the United
 States. He was introduced  to a local struggling vocal group, The
 Wailers. Members Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh
 introduced him to the local scene.   
      Nash's biggest hits were the early reggae (rocksteady) tunes
  "Hold Me Tight" (a #5 hit in the U.S. and the UK)