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.