Category Archives: March Milestones

Today in KC’s Music History: 1,000 Broadway Performances

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Shannon Durig

Singer/actress Shannon Durig, who grew up in the KC suburb of Overland Park, Kan., appeared in the Broadway musical Hairspray for the thousandth time on March 13, 2008.

Durig was Tracy Turnblatt, the show’s lead, for more than three years. She first joined the show in 2003 as that role’s understudy, then took it over in July 2005.

The 1,000-performance milestone happened near the end of her run, as she left the show in mid-April 2008. Since leaving the show, she has acted and done voice work on several Disney Channel shows.

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The Billboard Roll Call: Brewer & Shipley

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The Billboard Roll Call is a listing of regional artists who have charted a song on the Billboard Top 40 from 1955-2009. The introduction has additional information.

Brewer & Shipley, in a publicity photo from 1970.

Although Brewer & Shipley’s folk sound made them a staple on album-oriented FM radio in the 1970s, it didn’t easily translate to AM radio success. Their only chart success, One Toke Over the Line, made the Top 10 in March 1971 and remains a staple on classic rock and oldies radio.

Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley met as solo performers on the folk circuit in the 1960s. They both landed in Los Angeles and started writing songs together as staff writers for a music publishing company. After some of their songs were cut by other artists, they were offered a recording contract.

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