Led Zeppelin Trail: Jimmy Page Says Stairway Chord Sequence Not Unique

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(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has argued that the chord sequence at the heart of the Stairway To Heaven trial "has been around for ever." He was testifying during the third day of legal proceedings in a Los Angeles court, after the representatives of late Spirit guitarist Randy California claimed Led Zeppelin had taken the introduction to 1971's Stairway from California's 1968 release Taurus.

During his second day at the witness stand, Page was asked about having said that the structure was more similar to Chim Chim Cher-ee from 1964 musical film Mary Poppins than it was to Taurus.

He told plaintiff lawyer Francis Malofiy: "No, I didn't say that. I may have said the chord sequences are very similar - because that chord sequence has been around for ever."

Judge Gary Klausner wouldn't allow Page's analysis of the song to be taken as expert testimony since he hadn't been called in that capacity. Read more here.

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