Brewer & Shipley

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": classic rock folk folk rock country rock psychedelic 60s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Official Homepage Wikipedia


Songwriters Mike Brewer (1944, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA) and Tom Shipley (b. 1942, Mineral Ridge, Ohio, USA) began their careers together in Los Angeles during the mid-60s, after several years’ performing as solo artists on the folk club circuit. One of their compositions, ‘The Keeper Of The Keys’, was recorded by H.P. Lovecraft, and the song also appeared on the duo’s own first album, Down On LA, which was comprised of demo tapes made for Good Sam Music and picked up by A&M Records. A competent pop/rock selection, the album led to the duo signing with Kama Sutra and greater critical success with Weeds, which featured cameo appearances by Mike Bloomfield, Jerry Garcia and Nicky Hopkins. Tarkio and Shake Off The Demon also benefited from an all-star cast, although such support did not deflect from Brewer and Shipley’s close harmony, soft rock style. In 1971 they enjoyed a surprise US hit when ‘One Toke Over The Line’...

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