Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) – 1947

“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” is a Western swing novelty song written by Merle Travis and Tex Williams, for Williams and his talking blues style of singing. Travis wrote the bulk of the song. The original Williams version went to number one for 16 non-consecutive weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart. Recorded on March 27, 1947, at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” was produced by Lee Gillette, and featured Deuce Spriggens, bass fiddle, harmony vocal; Larry “Pedro” DePaul, accordion; Johnny Weis, lead guitar; Cactus Soldi, Rex Call, Harry Sims, fiddler; Ossie Godson, piano; Spike Featherstone, harp; Earl “Joaquin” Murphey, steel guitar; Manny Klein, trumpet; Smokey Rogers, guitar, harmony vocal; Muddy Berry, drums.

Cover versions

A cover version performed by Phil Harris stayed on the charts for 23 weeks, and became a number one hit in August 1947 and remained at the top of the “Best Sellers in Stores” chart for six weeks. Williams made a stereophonic re-recording of the song for Capitol in 1960 on the album, Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! It has also been covered by Johnny Bond & His Red River Valley Boys in 1947, and by Sammy Davis, Jr., who hit # 89 on the Country Charts in 1982, Willie Nelson, Dennis Weaver, Michael Nesmith, Hank Thompson, Jimmy Dean, Commander Cody, (Billboard #94 in 1973), Asleep at the Wheel, and others.[6] Thom Bresh, the son of the song’s writer Merle Travis, hit #78 on the Country Charts with the song in 1978.