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More than 1,680 strum 'Smoke' in unison

UPI News Service, 06/05/2007 

An attempt at record breaking drew more than 1,680 guitarists to Kansas City, Kan., to play the memorable riff from Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water."

Tanna Guthrie, a morning show host on radio station KYYS and mastermind of the event at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, said the total turnout of 1,683 musicians should be more than enough for the city to unseat the current record of 1,323 guitar players strumming in unison, the Kansas City Star reported Tuesday.

Guthrie said participant sign-up lists, photos, videos and copies of media coverage are being submitted to the Guinness organization in the hopes that the event can be officially recognized as a new record.

"You never know if you can pull something like this off," Guthrie said. The DJ said the song was chosen because it is often one of the first chord progressions learned by guitarists.

Kansas City Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs put in an appearance at the event.

"It really showed a lot of enthusiasm for music here in Kansas City," he said afterward. "People were excited about it. It was a wonderful crowd."

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