Daniel Johnston Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Jan 31, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Apr 29, 2022
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About Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston was born in Sacramento, California, on January 22, 1961.
He was a renowned singer-songwriter, famous for his incomparable contribution to various music scenes, including alternative music, lo-fi, and many more others. It is said that most of Daniel Johnston's released songs have been recorded by him in his home without the assistance of any professional musician.
Daniel Johnston suffered from bipolar disorder for a long time, which led him to spend a good amount of time in multiple psychiatric institutions. However, that did not prevent him from producing some of the greatest musical works in the world. Such was his musical prowess that even Kurt Cobain followed his works and on one occasion, was seen wearing a T-shirt containing artwork from one of Johnston's albums called 'Hi, How Are You'.
Apart from that, Daniel Johnston is also a renowned visual artist. His illustrations have been exhibited by numerous museums around the world.
Let's explore the artist's life, including his age, height, net worth, annual income, best works, and achievements. So, sit tight and learn everything that you need to know about this singer-songwriter.

Daniel Johnston's Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What was Daniel Johnston’s net worth?

Daniel Johnston is a huge name in the music industry. Even though Johnston spent extended periods of his life suffering from bipolar disorder, he managed to create some of the greatest works that the world had ever seen. Such was the quality of his work that even Kurt Cobain was a follower of Johnston's music. It is estimated that at the time of his demise, Johnston had a net worth of about $600,000.

How much did Daniel Johnston earn per year?

Even though Daniel Johnston never discussed his annual income in public, we have managed to find out that he used to make around $100,000 per year. While his primary source of income was his career as a musician, Daniel Johnston also earned a good amount from his artwork.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall was Daniel Johnston?

Apart from being a brilliant musician, Daniel Johnston was also a very handsome man and he stood 5 ft 8 in (173 cm).

How old was Daniel Johnston?

Daniel Johnston was born on January 22, 1961. However, because of his ill health, the visual article lost his life in 2019. He was 58-year-old at the time.

Childhood And Education

Daniel Johnston was born Daniel Dale Johnston in Sacramento, California, to Mabel Johnston and Bill Johnston. His family consisted of his parents and four siblings. Other information about his family is not available.
Even though Johnston's birthplace was Sacramento, he grew up in New Cumberland, West Virginia. Daniel became interested in music at a very young age and started making his songs in the '70s. It is said that initially, Daniel used a Sanya monaural boombox for recording his songs where he did all the work, including singing and playing chord organ and piano.
When it comes to his educational background, Daniel Dale Johnston went to Oak Glen High School, located in West Virginia. After graduating from school he enrolled at Abilene Christian University, which is located in West Texas, for a short period. Later, he again enrolled at Kent State University in East Liverpool where he studied the art program. It was during this period that Daniel Johnston produced 'More Songs Of Pain' and 'Songs Of Pain'.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Daniel Johnston’s partner?

Daniel Johnston kept his relationships and romantic life private and far away from the reach of his fans. So, even though some sources claim that the musician was single at the time of his demise, it is very difficult to determine whether he ever dated anyone in his lifetime or not.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Daniel Johnston began his music career at a very young age. During this phase, the musician has produced numerous songs and albums. His songs are often cited for their childlike and pure qualities and their intense lyrics. In this section of the article, we will talk about some of Johnston's best works that made him so popular around the world.
Johnston made his first appearance in the music scene in 1981 with the album 'Songs Of Pain'. Daniel recorded the album in the basement of his parents' house using an ordinary tape recorder. He released the album on Compact Cassette and then gave them away to his friends. Later, in 1988, the album was released again on cassette, and this time by Stress Records.
The next album by this renowned songwriter was called 'Don't Be Scared'. It was first released by Johnston himself in 1982. Later, Stress Records released it again in 1989. This album contained the song 'I Had Lost My Mind', which was also used in the 2005 documentary made on the life and mental illness of Daniel Johnston.
The next one is called 'The What Of Whom'. The songwriter recorded this album on music cassette and released it in 1982. Stress Records, a production house owned by Johnston's friend Jeff Tartakov, released the album once again in 1988. This album is often considered to be one of the best and most unique works of Daniel's life, for it featured everyday elements like small background noise or little snippets of Johnston talking in between songs.
'More Songs Of Pain' was Daniel Johnston's fourth album, which he self-released in 1983. It was the last album that Daniel recorded in his parents' house in West Virginia. During this time, he was still a student at Kent State University studying the art program. 'More Songs Of Pain' was re-released in the year 1988 o cassette by Stress Records.
The next album, and maybe the most popular one, is called 'Hi, How Are You.' This is the sixth album that Johnston released himself. Initially, 'Hi, How Are You' came out in 1983. The artwork of the album, also done by Johnston, was a sketch of 'Jeremiah The Frog Of Innosense'. Later, Kurt Cobain was seen in public wearing a t-shirt featuring this sketch, which helped to increase the popularity of this singer-visual artist across the country.
Johnston's seventh album was called 'Retired Boxer'. It was released by the singer himself in the year 1984.
The next album on this list is called 'Respect'. It was released by Daniel Johnston in the year 1985. It became very popular in the world of music, as it contained the covers of 'A Little Bit Of Soap' by Bert Berns and 'Heartbreak Hotel' by Elvis Presley.
One of Johnston's best albums, 'Beam Me Up!', was released in the year 2010. It contained songs like 'Walking The Cow', 'The Beatles', 'True Love Will Find You In The End', and finally 'Wicked World'.
Daniel Johnston's last album, 'Space Ducks' was released in the year 2012. The album was inspired by 'Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book Of Musical Greatness', a comic book that Johnston had himself published. In addition to that, the album also contained songs from some renowned bands like Deer Tick, Lavender Diamont, Fruit Bats, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Eleanor Friedberger. Daniel Jhonson from California is still remembered for his beautiful compositions and as an amazing visual artist.

Other Interesting Daniel Johnston Facts

  • 'The Devil And Daniel Johnston', a documentary from 2005 by Jeff Feuerzeig, was based on the life of Daniel Johnston and his struggles with mental illness.
  • As is already mentioned, Johnston's artwork has been exhibited at various museums across the world. One such example is The Museum of Love, which is located in Sacramento, California. In addition to that, his illustrations have also been exhibited in Aquarium Gallery located in London.

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Daniel Johnston Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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Daniel Johnston

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173 cm

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Singer, Songwriter, Visual Artist


Kent State University

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Mabel Johnston, Bill Johnston


Dick Johnston

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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