Five Songs Sounding Like 'Stairway to Heaven'
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you're aware that the writers of Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven', Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, have won, on June 23, the plagiarism lawsuit after a jury deemed that the band did not lift 'Spirit's song 'Taurus'.
The jury said the Led Zep members indeed heard “Taurus” at some point, but that there was no substantial similarity in the extrinsic elements of "Taurus" and “Stairway.”
But let's get real: The chord progression in question—as heard in the descending acoustic guitar intro to "Stairway"—is an ancient one, an "obvious" one, a natural one, and it has been employed in popular and folk music since long before Page first picked up a guitar in the Fifties.
Below OFF#ROCK present five songs that—over the years (even before the just-ended trial)—people have accused Page and Plant of "ripping off" and incorporating into 'Stairway to Heaven'.
GIOVANNI BATTISTA GRANATA - Sonata di Chitarra e Violino, con Basso Continuo [from 0'32”]
DEREK LORIN - My Funny Valentine
DAVEY GRAHAM - Cry Me a River