Via Open Culture: Stairway to Heaven was one of the biggest rock songs of the 1970s – loved, imitated and sometimes parodied. Now Led Zeppelin’s classic track is back on the turntable, on a re-mastered version of the band’s fourth album. 43 years after its release, the song continues to hold a place in many music fans’ hearts.
Guitarist Jimmy Page gives a personal account of how a rock anthem came together.
Here is an early test recording:
Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones jamming to an unfinished Stairway to Heaven.