One-Hit Wonders: Brewer And Shipley

Brewer And Shipley - Sleeve for "One Toke Over The Line" (Kama Sutra, 1971)

Brewer and Shipley - Sleeve for "One Toke Over the Line" (Kama Sutra, 1971)

Though it is, in fact, a song about drugs, “One Toke Over the Line” is also about “anything you push too far.”

“Yeah, it’s about drugs, or anything you push too far,” songwriter Mike Brewer told The Billboard Book of One Hit Wonders. “And at that time,” he added, “I’d had one too many hamburgers, one too many Holiday Inns, one too many nights on the road: toots, tokes, everything.”

With a number of years of life on the road and in the coffee houses between them, Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley met in LA in the late ’60s and began writing and recording demos together. When A&M released an album without their permission, they started shopping for a contract.

Kama Sutra signed them to a deal and released 1971’s Tarkio. In April 1971 [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brewer and Shipley[/lastfm]’s “One Toke,” featuring [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jerry Garcia[/lastfm] on steel guitar, became their one hit, peaking at Number 10.

Though their last recording was dropped in 1997, the pair continue to perform on a part-time from their mutual bases in Missouri.

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