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 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
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. -by Chuck McPhilomy