English rock band Led Zeppelin released one of the most important and greatest rock songs in history in 1971; Stairway to Heaven.
Composed by Jimmy Page (guitarist of the band) and Robert Plant (vocalist), the song is featured on the bands untitled fourth studio album. (The album is known as Led Zeppelin IV).
This is what Jimmy had to say about the song years ago:
“I had these pieces, these guitar pieces, that I wanted to put together. I had a whole idea of a piece of music that I really wanted to try and present to everybody and try and come to terms with. Bit difficult really, because it started on acoustic, and as you know it goes through to the electric parts. But we had various run-throughs (at Headley Grange) where I was playing the acoustic guitar and jumping up and picking up the electric guitar. Robert was sitting in the corner, or rather leaning against the wall, and as I was routining the rest of the band with this idea and this piece, he was just writing. And all of a sudden he got up and started singing, along with another run-through, and he must have had 80% of the words there … I had these sections, and I knew what order they were going to go in, but it was just a matter of getting everybody to feel comfortable with each gear shift that was going to be coming.”
Check out this rendition of this absolute beauty, below!
Summer 1973, Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham are better known as the guys that formed Led Zeppelin.
Three of the 4 are still with us today; Plant, Jimmy and John Paul Jones and they were amongst the artists celebrated at the 35th annual Kennedy Centre Honors in Washington D.C. on the 2nd of December 2012.
Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart were the ones responsible for bringing Plant to tears while they paid tribute to one of Zeppelin’s most iconic songs; Stairway to Heaven.
Stairway to Heaven is considered one of the best songs of all time, it’s a classic and will live on forever.
John Bonham was the drummer of Led Zeppelin and passed away on the 25th September 1980. Bonham is considered one of the best rock drummers and was known for his power, speed and distinctive sound.
His son, Jason was the guy to play the drums at the event that took place at the Kennedy Centre (you must see his face when the song comes to and end, it’s priceless).
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You was originally recorded by Joan Baez and released on her 1962 album Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1, but Led Zeppelin was the one who popularized the song in 1969 on his debut album.
Miley Cyrus is the latest artist to cover this famous song and renamed it Baby, I’m Gonna Leave You. I’ve got to hand it to her, I think she did a fantastic job… But Zeppelin killed it back in the day!
Have a look at Led’s live performance of the song in Denmark in 1969 and listen to Miley’s version of the song here.