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Smoke on the Water

(Ben - Lead Vocals)
Ben - All Instruments (multi-track recording)

In the1970’s, British rock band Deep Purple had a hit with their song Smoke on the Water. The lyrics of the song tell a true story. On December 4, 1971, Deep Purple had set up in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album at the Montreux Casino using the Rolling Stones’ mobile recording truck. Someone shot off a flare gun inside the Montreux Casino, burning it to the ground.

Smoke on the Water features one of the most famous electric-guitar hooks ever played.  To this day, every would-be “jukebox hero” plays this hook when trying out new electric guitars at their friendly, neighborhood music store.