Smoke on the Water’

Celebrity Q&A
on April 29, 2007

Q My brother remembers a lady singing a World War II song called "Smoke on the Water." Who was she?
—Kaffie Holman, Lebanon Junction, Ky.

"Smoke on the Water" was the rousing World War II fight song that marked the 1944 chart debut of country music star Red Foley. (The "smoke" referred to what would happen after American "ships and bombers make a graveyard of Japan.") Immensely popular, the song was No. 1 for 13 weeks and was recorded by several other acts, including Merle Travis and Bob Wills. As the war drew to its crescendo in the Pacific and the song became even more of a battle cry, it almost certainly was performed by females also, although none ever had a hit with it.


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