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.