This last week it has come to light that a lawyer representing deceased Spirit guitarist Randy California is claiming that Led Zeppelin stole the intro for "Stairway to Heaven" from Spirit's song "Taurus." Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy is seeking to prevent the release of the upcoming Led Zeppelin IV reissue later this year unless Randy California is given a writing credit on 'Stairway to Heaven.
Compare the two songs, there definitely is a similarity, but do you think it's enough to claim that Randy California deserves credit?
You can also compare the chord progressions of these two rock songs with the chords for My Funny Valentine written in 1937 by Rogers and Heart. Do Rogers and Heart also deserve a credit on 'Stairway To Heaven'?
Listen to the three songs here:
Do you think the song was stolen? Do you think Randy California deserves credit for 'Stairway To Heaven'?