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Jaimoe (aka Jai Johanny Johanson) is one of the original members of the Allman Brothers Band. He was also a member of another band called Sea Level. During his musical career, he has had to deal with several problems in the Allman Brothers Band. Jaimoe, also known as John Lee Johnson, was born in Ocean Springs,
Mississippi, on July 8, 1944 (www.allmanbrothersband.com). Before joining the Allman Brothers Band, he had played with Otis Redding, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, and Duane Allman.

He had backed Percy Sledge, Patti Labelle & the Blue Bells, the 5 Stairsteps, Brenda and the Tabulations, and the Manhattans. Jaimoe joined Redding's band in Dallas, Texas. In less than two weeks the band had thirteen pieces. Edward "Woody" Woodson was the other drummer in that band. and the drummer on "Live at the Whiskey." During this time Jaimoe says he really learned about playing live rhythm and blues and rock and roll from Woody Woodson and Butch Trucks. Redding's band played theApollo Theatre in New York, the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. and the Regal Theatre in Chicago. Jaimoe did a forty-two date tour with Otis as well as a TV show, called "The Big Beat," hosted by a disc jockey from the famous WLAC in Nashville. However, on the day of the taping for the show, the disc jockey got drunk and couldn't go on. Otis Redding not only starred the show, but mced and hosted the show. I played behind James Carr, Mitty Collier, the Ovations. Jaimoe says he learned a lot from Otis Redding.

On March 26, 1969, Greg Allman, Duane, Dickey, Berry, Butch, and Jaimoe formed the Allman Brothers Band. Their first album, The Allman Brothers Band, was released in November of the same year. In November of 1970, Idlewild South was released. Both of these albums were big hits in the Southeast (Ward, Stokes, Tucker 460). In July of 1971, the band released The Allman Brothers Band Live At the Filmore East (allmanbrothersband.com).
On October 29, 1971, Duane Allan's life ended in a motorcycle accident in Machine, Georgia. The band decided to continue without replacing him. The quintet released Eat A Peach in February of 1972.
On November 11, 1972, Berry Oakley died in a motorcycle accident near Duane's accident site. In the same month, Chuck Level and Lamer Williams joined the Allman Brothers Band. In March of 1973, Brothers And Sisters was released. In July of 1975, Win, Lose, Or Draw was released .
In May of 1976, the Allman Brothers Band broke up to pursue other projects. Jaimoe, Chuck Level, Lamer Williams, and Jimmy Nails formed the band Sea Level in 1977). That same year, Sea Level released Sea Level and Cats On The Coast . In 1978, On The Edge was released. In August of 1978, the Dickey Betts Band and the Greg Allman Band held a reunion concert in New York (allmanbrothersband.com).
In February of 1979, the Allman Brothers Band released Enlightened Rouges. In the same month, Chuck and Lamer left the Allman Brothers Band. Dan Toler and David Goldflies joined the band. Also in 1979, Sea Level released Long Walk On A Short Pier (allmanbrothersband.com). In 1980, Sea Level released their last album, Ball Room. In November of 1980, the Allman Brothers Band released Reach For The Sky. On November 17, 1980, Jaimoe left the band, and France Toler replaced him (allmanbrothersband.com).
In June of 1989, Dan Toler, France Toler, and David Goldflies left the band. Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, and Johnny Neel joined the band. This band released Seven Turns in June of 1990 (allmanbrothersband.com).
In January of 1991, Johnny Neel left the band. Marco Quinines replaced Johnny. In June of that same year, Shades Of Two Worlds was released . In June of 1992, An Evening With The Allman Brothers Band was released (allmanbrothersband.com). In May of 1995, Where It All Begins was released. In May of 1996, 2nd Set was released (allmanbrothersband.com).
Warren Haynes and Allen Woody left the band in March of 1997. Jack Pearson and Oteil Burbridge replaced them (allmanbrothersband.com). In June of 1998, the Allman Brothers Band released their most recent album, Mycology: An Anthology. In March of 1999, the band began their 30th Anniversary Tour On March 26, 1999, they celebrated their thirtieth anniversary. Two days later, Jack Pearson left the band. He was replaced by Derek Trucks (Allmanbrothersband.com).
To this day, Jaimoe continues to perform with the Allman Brothers Band. Jaimoe has become known for wearing body suits and throwing fruit into the crowd as well as his terrific percussion playing. During the time he has been with the band, the band has gone through several problems and even broken up, but they have reformed, leaving the past behind them.

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