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Led Zeppelin accused of plagiarism over Stairway to Heaven

Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin are being sued for plagiarism over their iconic hit Stairway to Heaven

The band have been served legal papers on behalf of late Randy California for the song which had earned a reported $562 MILLION

Iconic rockers Led Zeppelin are being sued for plagiarism over their hit Stairway to Heaven.
The band have been served legal papers on behalf of late song-writer and guitarist Randy California from the band Spirit, who claimed for years the track’s opening notes were lifted from their track Taurus.

Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy, who is representing a trust for Randy, told Bloomberg Businessweek: “It’s been a long time coming. The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on Stairway to Heaven.”

Businessweek quotes an estimate that by 2008 the track had earned at least $562 million.

Spirit played shows with Led Zeppelin in 1969 and fans have talked about the similarities between the songs for years, claiming Jimmy Page used the band’s riff. He allegedly wrote Stairway to Heaven in 1970, two years after Taurus was released and a year after the band shared stages at gigs across the America.

According to the band’s bass player Mark Andes, Spirit always included Taurus in their sets. He said: “It was such a pretty moment. It would typically come after a big forceful number and always got a good response.”

In 1997, Randy went public with his claims and said Stairway to Heaven was a “ripoff”. He said: “The guys made millions of bucks on it and never said, ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?’ It’s kind of a sore point with me.”

Those close to Randy say he never sued because he didn’t have any money back then and the band “thought the statute of limitations was done.”

As Led Zeppelin prepares to release re-mastered deluxe versions of their original albums, including the track, Randy’s trust is taking action with a copyright-infringement suit and an injunction that would block the reissue.

The similarities start at 0:45.

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Jimmy Page, and his doppelganger, turn 70

Jimmy Page

The great Jimmy Page turns 70 today. I have no idea how old the Quaker Oats dude is, but is that resemblance uncanny, or what!?

So, here’s a (maybe-not-so) interesting factoid. OK, I do know how old the Quaker Oats dude is. He was the first trademark for a breakfast cereal ever, dating back to 1877, making him roughly 137 years old. That’s almost twice as old as Mr. Page..

Quaker Oats acquired the toy company Fisher-Price in 1969, the same year that the album Led Zeppelin was released, and merely a few days into their first US tour.

One of the coolest Fisher-Price toys (especially for aspiring musicians) was the record player, released in 1971.

Fisher-Price Record Player

And now, we come full circle, tying it all together, as a UK-based tinkerer named Frank Murphy has created new records for the device featuring Stairway to Heaven and the theme to Star Wars.

Have a listen to the Stairway to Heaven disc :

So is this all just pure coincidence?? I think NOT!! :)

What say you?