Daniel Johnston (Folk Singer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Daniel Johnston

Daniel Dale Johnston was an American singer-songwriter and visual artist regarded as a significant figure in outsider, lo-fi, and alternative music scenes. Most of his work consisted of cassettes recorded alone in his home, and his music was frequently cited for its “pure” and “childlike” qualities. Johnston spent extended periods in psychiatric institutions and was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He gathered a local following in the 1980s by passing out tapes of his music while working at a McDonald’s in Austin, Texas. His cult status was propelled when Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was seen wearing a T-shirt that featured artwork from Johnston’s 1983 album Hi, How Are You. Beyond music, Johnston was accomplished as a visual artist, with his illustrations exhibited at various galleries around the world. In 2005, his struggles with mental illness was the subject of the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

Birth name: Daniel Dale Johnston
Born: January 22, 1961, Sacramento, California, U.S.
Origin: West Virginia, Texas, U.S.
Died: c. September 11, 2019, Waller, Texas, U.S.
Genres: Outsider, lo-fi, avant-pop
Occupation(s): Musician, singer-songwriter, visual artist
Instruments: Vocals, piano, keyboards, chord organ, guitar, drums
Years active: 1978–2019
Labels: Yip Eye Music
IMDb: Daniel Johnston’s IMDb

About Daniel Johnston

Singer-songwriter featured in the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. He was known for his emotional and intense lyrics in songs such as “True Love Will Find You in the End” and “Walking the Cow.”

Before Fame

He grew up in New Cumberland, West Virginia with four older siblings.


He was a visual artist, known for his image of a frog with the words “Hi, How Are You?” on the cover of one of his more popular albums. He suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Family Life

He briefly attended Kent State University before pursuing a music career.


Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was often seen sporting a t-shirt with the frog image of “Hi, How Are You?” that Johnston drew on it.

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