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There was smoke on the water...

It was the day that the fire started in the sky

Published at 10:28am 4th December 2017. (Updated at 10:31am 4th December 2017) 1-minute read.

There was smoke on the water...

There was certainly smoke on the water as that fire in the sky started!

Back on 4th December 1971 the Montreux Casino burnt to the ground during a Frank Zappa gig.

Deep Purple were recording when the venue went up in flames.

It would go on to inspire the classic rock anthem 'Smoke on the Water'.

Listen back to that smash hit here:

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