The Friday Five: Five (plus a bonus) Songs With “Smoke” In The Title

The prompt yesterday for The Daily Post was “smoke.” Seeing that, all these songs with “smoke” (or some form of the word) jumped out at me, and I had today’s post. I even came up with a sixth, bonus word.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters This was written all the way back in 1933 by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach for their musical Roberta. Eartha Kitt and others have done this one, but it’s The Platters’ version that I’m most familiar with. Oh, and Henny Youngman played on the violin between one-liners. The Platters’ version went to #1 on the Hot 100 as well as in the UK and Australia in 1958-59.

Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple From 1972’s Machine Head (released on my 16th birthday, no less), this song was the story of the trouble the band ran into when they tried to record the album using the Rolling Stones’ mobile studio in Montreux, only to have it burn down when someone got careless with a flare gun at a Frank Zappa concert. It reached #4 in the US and #2 in Canada in 1973.

Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room – Brownsville Station The pride of Ann Arbor, Michigan (I have friends there) released this in 1973, and it reached #3 in both the US and Canada. Mötley Crüe’s 1985 cover reached #16.

Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette – Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen Written by Merle Travis and Tex Williams in 1947 and covered many times. This one is my favorite.

Smokin’ – Boston Originally the b-side to “More Than A Feeling,” this was included on Boston’s 1976 eponymous debut album, and while it failed to chart, it’s a staple of classic rock radio.

Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf Your bonus track by Chester Arthur Burnett, also known as Howlin’ Wolf. As with many blues tunes, it was assembled from pieces of other blues numbers. Wolf recorded this in 1956, and it reached #11 on the R&B chart. Another one of those blues songs that’s covered by hundreds, many of whom add their own lyrics.

Got any others? Let me know in the comments.

And there’s your Friday Five for October 28, 2016.

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Author: John Holton

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24 thoughts on “The Friday Five: Five (plus a bonus) Songs With “Smoke” In The Title”

  1. Smoke on the water is on my “sing” playlist as I love that song. Howling wolf is one I need to listen to and see if I might be interested as well.

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    1. Howlin’ Wolf left a huge catalog of recordings behind when he died in ’76. He was especially popular with the British Invasion acts like the Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds, so you’ll hear a lot of his influence in their early music. There are a bunch of live performances on YouTube from the early Sixties that are especially good, so check them out!

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    1. During the Seventies I got heavily into blues, which wasn’t being played on the radio except for the occasional college station. Fortunately, I lived in Chicago and was old enough to get into the clubs (the drinking age was 19 at the time) and could go see some of the great bluesmen, who by that time were getting old but could still boogie with the young guys. I never saw Howlin’ Wolf live (he died in ’76, soon after I discovered the clubs) but I had a couple of his albums, and “Smokestack Lightnin'” was on one of them.

      I’ll have to give “Blue Smoke” a liste. Thanks!

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  2. I noticed a remarkable similarity, and not just because they are spoken, between “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette,” “Hot Rod Lincoln,” and “My Name Is Sue.”

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  3. I really like the concept of finding songs based on a theme. ‘Smoke Get in Your Eyes’ is a great song. Reminded me I’ve been meaning to pick up the American Graffiti Soundtrack.
    My favourite smoke related song is from ABC – When Smokey Sings.

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  4. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die–Willie Nelson

    The first one that popped into my head was Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, followed by Smoke On the Water, so great minds think alike.

    Love,
    Janie

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  5. Boston’s first album had me convinced I could do it all – be a design engineer by day, and a rock keyboard player / vocalist / songwriter by night, like Tom Scholz. It was a great dream, but unfortunately the musical success didn’t happen. Instead I worked my tail off in the semiconductor industry, designed and managed a few successful top-selling products (ML6692 was in most Cisco and HP router/bridge boxes in the mid-90s) and picked up a few patents along the way.

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    1. Harlan Coben uses an old Jewish saying, “Man plans, God laughs.” John Lennon had a variation on it, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Mom’s take was always “J-O-B does not spell ‘fun’.” Problem was, I accepted that…

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