As Led Zeppelin promote the reissues of their first three albums for an early June release, a lawyer representing deceased Spirit guitarist Randy California is claiming Zepp stole the intro for their 1971 single “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s 1968 song “Taurus.” Attorney Francis Alexander Molofiy wants to prevent the release of the Led Zeppelin IV reissue when the time comes, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on ‘Stairway to Heaven,'” Malofiy said. “It’s been a long time coming.”
You be the judge…and compare the two.
Led Zeppelin and Spirit, who had a hit with “I Got a Line on You,” played four gigs together in 1968 and 1969 (shows at which Businessweek claims Spirit played “Taurus”).
In an interview with Listener magazine published the year of his death, California said he felt “Stairway to Heaven” was a “rip-off.” “The guys made millions of bucks on it and never said ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?'” he said. “It’s kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it.”
Apparently Spirit and Randy California’s family have waited until now to challenge the song’s authorship because they did not have the means to pay attorneys.
Reissues of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III are due in stores on June 3rd. Each is available in a deluxe edition that contains a full disc of never-before-released studio takes and live tracks.
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Story via Rolling Stone