Happy Birthday Jaimoe: Allman Brothers Band On MTV’s ‘Unplugged’
Today marks Allman Brothers Band percussionist and founding member Jaimoe‘s 76th birthday. Jaimoe was one of Duane Allman’s first recruits for the band in 1969 after the percussionist had stints with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and others. Bassist Berry Oakley, drummer Butch Trucks, guitarist Dickey Betts and Duane’s little brother, keyboardist Gregg Allman, would soon join Jaimoe and Duane. But the classic lineup would see its first big challenge with the untimely death of Duane Allman due to a motorcycle accident in 1971 followed by the similarly tragic death of Berry Oakley in 1972.
Yet the Allmans would showcase a survivalist attitude that would stick with them through their 45-year history. Jaimoe was actually fired from the group in the early 1980s although ABB would subsequently disband for most of the decade. In 1989, however, the band’s remaining founding members would give it another go buoyed by the celebration of their 20th anniversary as well as newcomers Warren Haynes (guitar), Allen Woody (bass) and Johnny Neel (keyboards, harmonica).
ABB was also reaching a new generation of listeners with the new classic rock radio format as well as a retrospective multiple CD box set called Dreams. Also important in reaching a new generation of rockers was ABB’s appearance on MTV Unplugged. In November 1990 founding members Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Bucth Trucks and Jaimoe got together with Haynes, Woody and Neel to capture their Unplugged performance at the National Video Center in New York City. The session yielded five songs including the title track from their new album at the time, Seven Turns, along with “Low Dow Dirty Mean” as well as ABB classics “Midnight Rider” and “Melissa” and the Robert Johnson blues standard “C’mon In My Kitchen.”
To celebrate Jaimoe’s 76th birthday today, watch an uncut version of he and the Allman Brothers Band’s 1990 MTV Unplugged performance below via Good Music Lovers: