The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – ” Live At Suny Stonybrook New York July 26th 1970 “

Posted: July 9, 2021 in MUSIC

The Allman Brothers Band’s drummer Jai Johanny Johanson, also know as Jaimoe, celebrates his 77th birthday today. Born Johnny Lee Johnson in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on July 8th, 1944, Jaimoe began his musical career with notable artists like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave before helping to found The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 with guitarists Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, keyboardist Gregg Allman, bassist Berry Oakley and fellow drummer Butch Trucks.

It was the double drum attack of Jaimoe and Trucks that drove The ABB’s live sound, which was quickly becoming renowned throughout the U.S. Just over a year after The Allman Brothers Band was founded, the band delivered a stellar performance at SUNY Stony Brook in Stony Brook, New York. The show took place on July 26th, 1970.

The set kicks off with “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’.” The song, and indeed the whole set, featured the aforementioned locomotive-like driving beat from Jaimoe and Trucks. The steady and yet complex rhythm not only provided a foundation for The Allman Brothers Band’s guitar players, but also something to play off of. The bluesy “Stormy Monday” followed ahead of the group’s classic instrumental “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” which saw Butch and Jaimoe weaving a web of rhythm underneath the melodic elements of the band. The riff-driven “You Don’t Love Me” came next and featured a more straightforward rock ‘n’ roll backbeat. Another ABB classic, “Dreams,” followed ahead of “Mountain Jam” which, as it often did, stretched to over 30 minutes.

Unlike The Grateful Dead, their obvious and acknowledged model for reissuing vintage live recordings, The Allman Brothers Band have not shied away from exploring their early work in an attempt to demonstrate that they were as good in 1980 and 1990 as they were in 1970. 

Setlist: Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Stormy Monday, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, You Don’t Love Me, Dreams, Mountain Jam

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