Hit song pushed Brewer and Shipley over the line
Music • Folk-rock duo will play Park City on Saturday.
Published: April 25, 2014 12:22PM
Updated: April 25, 2014 01:01AM
Jeff Nicholson | Courtesy Photo Michael Brewer, right, and Tom Shipley, known as the folk-rock duo Brewer and Shipley, wrote their biggest hit "One Toke Over the Line" as a joke. The song hit No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971 and was embraced by Lawrence Welk, but lambasted by the Nixon administration. Brewer and Shipley will perform the song and others during a concert at the Egyptian Theatre on April 26.

Michael Brewer was as surprised as anyone when “One Toke Over the Line” became a hit in 1971.

Brewer and his friend Tom Shipley wrote the song to make themselves and friends laugh.

The tune got the duo in hot water with the Nixon administration. On the other hand, bandleader Lawrence Welk called it “pure American gospel.”

Fans will get a chance to hear that subversive gospel hit when Brewer and Shipley perform at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City on Saturday, April 26.

Read the full story at www.parkrecord.com/scene/ci_25616002/hit-song-pushed-brewer-and-shipley-over-line.

Brewer & Shipley

When • Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where • Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $23 to $32; www.parkcityshows.com