Smoke on the Water (Red Foley song)

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"Smoke On The Water" is a song written by Zeke Clements and recorded by Red Foley in 1944. The patriotic song, which forecasts destruction for the Axis powers, particularly Japan, was Foley's first song to hit No. 1 on the Folk Records charts, spending 13 weeks at the top and a total of 24 weeks on the chart.[1] "Smoke On The Water" also peaked at No. 7 on the pop charts. The B-side of "Smoke On The Water" a song titled "There's a Blue Star Shining Bright (In a Window Tonight)". peaked at No. 5 on the country charts.

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1945, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys recorded the song which also became a No. 1 song on the country charts. The B-side, a song entitled, "Hang Your Head in Shame" peaked at No. 3 on the country charts.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 122. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 392. 
Preceded by
"Soldiers Last Letter" by Ernest Tubb
Most Played Juke Box Folk Records
No. 1 single by Red Foley

September 23, 1944
Succeeded by
"I'm Wastin' My Tears on You" by Tex Ritter
Preceded by
"Shame on You" by Spade Cooley
Most Played Juke Box Folk Records
No. 1 single by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

April 14, 1945
Succeeded by
"Shame on You" by Spade Cooley