The young native of Louisiana was discovered by Rick Derringer at the age of 18. Johnson played guitar, wrote and sang on four Derringer records for CBS. He then reformed his own trio Axis, produced by Andy Johns and landed a contract with RCA. Rod Stewart heard Danny and made him and offer to write, record and tour with him. Johnson accepted and wrote, played, toured on the “Tonight I’m Yours” record and tour which spawned the hit, “Young Turks”. At the same time Danny also did records for Phil Seymour and Alice Cooper.
Eddie Van Halen was once quoted in Guitar Player Magazine as saying, “One of my favorite guitarists is Danny Johnson”. Van Halen backed this statement up by asking Danny to play for a band he was recording. The band Private Life, completed two albums, produced by Van Halen and Ted Templeman for Warner Brothers and did two tour major tours including opening for Van Halen.