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Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water

April 3, 2014 | 1972, Album Cuts, Deep Purple, Group, Top 40

The opening to this song, currently used in a Bank of America commercial, is as familiar as any recorded during the 1970s.

The song was originally released on the “Machine Head” album released in 1972. But although it got radio play on FM radio it really didn’t become a big hit until it was the live recording release from the album “Made in Japan” released in the US in April of 1973.

It tells a true story of how the band in December of 1971 went to Montreux, Switzerland to record an album. The night before they were to begin recording Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention performed at the casino. The place caught fire when “some stupid with a flare gun” fired a flare that destroyed the entire casino complex.

Rolling Stone has ranked the song number 434 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

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