Happy Birthday Jaimoe: The Allman Brothers Band Drums & Bass Jam In 1979

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Founding The Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe turns 72-years-old today. Born Jai Johanny Johanson on this date in 1944, the veteran percussionist was a nearly constant figure in the seminal southern rock band, holding down a two-drummer approach alongside Butch Trucks through the band’s many lineup changes and disbanding in 2014. Currently active with his Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band that’s slated to appear at a number of his former ABB band mate Gregg Allman’s Laidback Festival stops this summer as well as in the group Les Brers with Trucks and other ABB members, a highlight of Jaimoe’s performance with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame group in 1979 is presented below in honor of his birthday today.

On April 20, 1979 The Allman Brothers Band – featuring Jaimoe, Allman, Trucks, guitarists Dickey Betts and Dan Toler, bassist David Goldflies and vocalist Bonnie Bramlett – held a concert at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. The encore began that evening with Betts’ instrumental “Pegasus” that segued into a drum and bass jam among Jaimoe, Trucks and Goldflies. The rhythm section jam then led to the emergence of comedian John Belushi to join in on a take on The Blues Brothers staple “Hey Bartender,” before leaving the stage for the conclusion of “Pegasus.”

For context, the entire wild “Pegasus” is captured in the four Music Vault videos below. Skip to the second clip to get right to Jaimoe and Butch’s drums jam with Goldflies.

[Pegasus (Part One)]

[Drums & Bass Jam]

[Hey Bartender]

[Pegasus (Part Two)]