Smoke On The Water
Deep Purple
Deep Purple 1973 Smoke Water 45

Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky, smoke on the water

1973
4
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973
  • peaked at No. 21 on the UK Singles chart in 1977
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • from Deep Purple's sixth studio album, Machine Head (1972)
  • a "live" version of the song appears on the Deep Purple album Made in Japan (1973)
  • ranks #434 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • Deep Purple's biggest hit single
  • the "smoke on the water" in the song lyric refers to the Montreaux Casino (Montreaux, Switzerland) burning as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across Lake Geneva on December 4, 1971; Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention band were performing at the casino for an audience of 3,000 when a fan shot a flare gun into the ceiling and the resulting fire destroyed the venue
  • it was bassist Roger Glover's idea for the title of the song
  • Ritchie Blackmore's iconic guitar riff was played on a Fender Stratocaster; Blackmore: "I was trying to get an edge to what we were doing in Deep Purple, which is why I wanted something so powerful. But the thing is, I've seen people play it, and they always seem to strum it. I actually pick the notes with two fingers at the same time, the thumb and the first finger. Just the two notes. It's a finger-style riff."
  • on the record:
       Ian Gillan- lead vocals
       Ritchie Blackmore- guitar
       Roger Glover- bass guitar
       Jon Lord- Hammond organ
       Ian Paice- drums
  • written by Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) 
  • produced by Deep Purple
  • recorded at Grand Hotel, Montreux, Switzerland
  • length: 3:54 (single), 5:42 (album version)
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