Posts Tagged ‘Spirit’

‘A Stolen Stairway to Heaven?’

February 16, 2019

“At the risk of stating the obvious, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, let the record show that “Stairway to Heaven” is arguably the most famous song in all of rock-and-roll, perhaps in all of popular music. It’s also one of the most lucrative — it’s estimated that the song has netted north of $500 million in sales and royalties since its 1971 release.

Courtroom sketch of Jimmy Page (Reuters)

Philadelphia barrister Francis Alexander Malofiy’s lawsuit (suing Led Zeppelin over the authorship of “Stairway to Heaven”), cheekily printed in the same druidic font used for the liner notes of the album ‘Led Zeppelin IV’, alleges that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant — Zep’s elegantly wasted guitarist/producer/central songwriter and leonine, leather-lunged lead singer, respectively — stole the iconic descending acoustic-guitar arpeggios of the first two minutes of “Stairway” from “Taurus”, a song with a strikingly-similar chord pattern by a long-forgotten ’60s band called Spirit. (more…)

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‘Music Business As Usual…’

June 17, 2016

“‘Led Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page has denied stealing the riff to “Stairway to Heaven”, as he took the stand at a copyright trial in the U.S.

Courtroom sketch of Jimmy Page (Reuters)

Courtroom sketch of Jimmy Page (Reuters)

“The rock band are accused of lifting the opening guitar line from “Taurus”, a 1967 track by the band ‘Spirit’.

{Guitar starts at 45 seconds in:
https://youtu.be/xd8AVbwB_6E

https://youtu.be/ye7hCIWwhGE }

“But Page testified that he had never heard the song until people started posting comparisons online a few years ago. (more…)


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