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Today in music history: Deep Purple


Deep Purple scored their second UK No.1 album with Machine Head.

The album which features ‘Smoke on the Water’ and ‘Highway Star’, is often cited as a major influence in the early development of the heavy metal music genre and commercially, it was Deep Purple‘s most successful album.


What is the story behind Deep Purple song Smoke on the Water?

The opening guitar riff is the best ever, according to a 2008 survey of students from music schools in London. Ian Gillan wrote the lyrics after the band witnessed a fire during a Frank Zappa concert at the Casino at Montreux, Switzerland. The smoke on the water was the smoke over Lake Geneva.

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