Fire and Smoke

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"Fire and Smoke"
Single by Earl Thomas Conley
from the album Fire and Smoke
Released April 20, 1981
Format 7"
Recorded 1980
Genre Country
Length 3:11
Label RCA
Writer(s) Earl Thomas Conley
Producer(s) Nelson Larkin and Earl Thomas Conley
Earl Thomas Conley singles chronology
"Silent Treatment"
"Fire and Smoke"
"Tell Me Why"

"Fire and Smoke" is a song written and recorded by American country music singer Earl Thomas Conley. It was released in April 1981 as the second single and title track from the album Fire and Smoke.

His fourth top 40 country hit, "Fire and Smoke" continued Conley's then-recent run of success, which had started with the previous single, "Silent Treatment" (his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in the fall of 1980). "Fire and Smoke" topped the success of "Silent Treatment," becoming his first No. 1 hit in July 1981. "Fire and Smoke" spent 14 weeks in the top 40 of the country chart.[1]

At the end of the year, "Fire and Smoke" was named the No. 1 song of the entire year.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 88. 
  2. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end Singles - Hot Country Songs". Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
Preceded by
"I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool"
by Barbara Mandrell
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 11, 1981
Succeeded by
"Feels So Right"
by Alabama
Preceded by
"My Heart"
by Ronnie Milsap
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"Always on My Mind"
by Willie Nelson