Sollie Paul Williams, known professionally as Tex Williams, was a Western
swing musician from Ramsey, Illinois. Williams is best known for his talking
blues style such as his biggest hit novelty song, “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!
(That Cigarette)”. It held the number one position on the Billboard charts
for six weeks in 1947. "Smoke" was the No. 5 song on Billboard’s Top 100
list for 1947, and was No. 1 on the country chart that year. It can be heard
during the opening scenes of the 2006 movie, Thank You for Smoking.