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Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Opening Guitar Part Stolen?

Led Zeppelin are gettin’ sued for the opening guitar chord progression on Stairway To Heaven


Some say it sounds like this, also (at 3:00)

It’s not like they don’t have a history of bitin’

  • “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” – A folk song by Anne Bredon, this was originally credited as “traditional, arranged by Jimmy Page,” then “words and music by Jimmy Page,” and then, following legal action, “Bredon/Page/Plant.”
  • “Black Mountain Side” – uncredited version of a traditional folk tune previously recorded by Bert Jansch.
  • “Bring It On Home” – the first section is an uncredited cover of the Willie Dixon tune (as performed by the imposter Sonny Boy Williamson).
  • “Communication Breakdown” – apparently derived from Eddie Cochran’s “Nervous Breakdown.”
  • “Custard Pie” – uncredited cover of Bukka White’s “Shake ‘Em On Down,” with lyrics from Sleepy John Estes’s “Drop Down Daddy.”
  • “Dazed And Confused” – uncredited cover of the Jake Holmes song (see The Above Ground Sound Of Jake Holmes).
  • “Hats Off To (Roy) Harper” – uncredited version of Bukka White’s “Shake ‘Em On Down.”
  • “How Many More Times” – Part one is an uncredited cover of the Howlin’ Wolf song (available on numerous compilations). Part two is an uncredited cover of Albert King’s “The Hunter.”
  • “In My Time Of Dying” – uncredited cover of the traditional song (as heard on Bob Dylan‘s debut).
  • “The Lemon Song” – uncredited cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” – Wolf’s publisher sued Zeppelin in the early 70s and settled out of court.
  • “Moby Dick” – written and first recorded by Sleepy John Estes under the title “The Girl I Love,” and later covered by Bobby Parker.
  • “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” – uncredited cover of the Blind Willie Johnson blues.
  • “Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You” – lyrics are the same as Moby Grape‘s “Never,” though the music isn’t similar.
  • “Stairway To Heaven” – the main guitar line is apparently from “Taurus” by Spirit.
  • “White Summer” – uncredited cover of Davey Graham’s “She Moved Through The Fair.”
  • “Whole Lotta Love” – lyrics are from the Willie Dixon blues “You Need Love.”

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Wattstax (1973) Stax Soul Concert Film

Wattstax is a 1973 documentary film by Mel Stuart that focused on the 1972 Wattstax music festival and the African American community of Watts in Los Angeles, California. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Documentary Film in 1974.

The concert was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 20, 1972, and organized by Memphis’s Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. Wattstax was seen by some as “the Afro-American answer to Woodstock”.

Tracklist:

What You See Is What You Get – The Dramatics
Oh La De Da – The Staple Singers
We the People – The Staple Singers
Star-Spangled Banner – Kim Weston
Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing – Kim Weston
Respect Yourself – The Staple Singers
Someone Greater Than I – Jimmy Jones
Lying on the Truth – Rance Allen Group
Peace Be Still – The Emotions
Old-Time Religion – William Bell, Louise McCord, Debra Manning, Eric Mercury, Freddy Robinson, Lee Sain, Ernie Hines, Little Sonny, the Newcomers, Eddie Floyd, the Temprees, Frederick Knight
Son of Shaft/Feel It – The Bar-Kays
I’ll Play The Blues For You – Albert King
Walking the Back Streets and Crying – Little Milton
Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone – Johnnie Taylor
I May Not Be What You Want – Mel and Tim
Pick Up the Pieces – Carla Thomas
Do the Funky Chicken – Rufus Thomas
If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right – Luther Ingram
Theme from Shaft – Isaac Hayes
Soulsville – Isaac Hayes

 


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