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Faces & names: ‘Stairway to Heaven’ riff lands Led Zeppelin in court

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There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold — and a lawyer who’s sure Led Zeppelin ripped off a classic riff from their client.

That’s the belated allegation put forth from representatives of the estate of Randy California, the guitarist for the proto-classic-rock band Spirit. A forthcoming copyright infringement lawsuit claims that Spirit’s old showmates Led Zeppelin stole much of the classic intro riff to “Stairway To Heaven” from Spirit’s 1968 track “Taurus.”

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