Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit

Jen Kehl:

This just blows me away. Having listened to the song I can say conclusively Zeppelin did them wrong. However not so thrilled that the family came forward after the song writer passed. You decide.

Originally posted on TIME:

For decades, Led Zeppelin has faced claims that they plagiarized their iconic 1971 hit “Stairway to Heaven” from the rock band Spirit. Now it looks like Zeppelin is headed for a difficult legal battle.

Back in May, family members of Spirit frontman Randy Craig Wolfe (a.k.a Randy California) filed the suit against Zeppelin, seeking monetary damages and a writing credit for the now-deceased Wolfe, NBC Philadelphia reports. Wolfe’s family claims that Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page ripped off the chords for “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s 1968 tune “Taurus.” (The two bands at one point toured together and had thus become familiar with each other’s music.)

Now, Zeppelin and their music companies have requested that the case be dismissed, as the “individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at…

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Old School Disco New Year’s Eve Playlist – Boogie Fever!

 

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I’m the 70’s pop culture junkie and frankly, New Year’s Eve isn’t New Year’s Eve without disco. And I don’t mean some new fangled discotheque music. What the heck is a discotheque anyway? Or is it Disco Teka? Whatever it is, that’s not what I’m talking about it. What I’m talking about here is Shaking Your Groove Thang, you know – get down tonight?

Don’t bother trying to deny it. There ain’t no way to stop it, the music starts…maybe a little Commodores? Your head starts bobbing, maybe your shoulders start moving to the rhythm. That’s all right, you don’t have to get out on the dance floor, but your hips are having a party while you’re not even paying attention.

It’s a New Year’s Eve Disco Playlist, because you all know you want one. Turn that party ON people! Nobody’s body doesn’t want to move to the groove, I promise you. But pop in some Sarah Machlaclan for New Year’s and I can bet you everyone’s going home early.

 

Old School Disco Music For New Year’s Eve

Did you know if you click on the bottom YouTube Playlist you can just click play all and have a party right from your computer?

Best of My Love – The Emotions

Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

Boogie Fever – The Sylvers

Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players

Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) – Michael Jackson

Boogie Wonderland – Earth Wind and Fire

Let it Whip – The Dazz Band

Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel – Tavares

Fantasy – Earth Wind and Fire

Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart

Disco Inferno – The Trammps

Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

Le Freak – Chic

(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty – KC & The Sunshine Band

Shake Your Groove Thing – Peaches and Herb

That’s the Way (I Like It) – KC & The Sunshine Band

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

Give Me The Night – George Benson

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

Jungle Boogie – Kool and The Gang

A Swinging Jazz Christmas Playlist

 

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The table is set, the lights are turned down just the right amount to make the room sparkle and the cheesy Christmas decorations are hidden in another room – leaving only the very tasteful decorations you share with company.

Now shove the kids in another room with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and enjoy one night as an adult.

Hit shuffle on your Christmas Party Playlist and in the words of my favorite Jazz DJ Larry Smith “Sit back, relax, and let’s swing together.”

 

A Swinging Jazz Christmas Playlist

The top links go straight to YouTube (at the bottom is the complete YouTube playlist)

The starred links* go to  iTunes so you can download your own

 

Merry Christmas Baby – Kenny Burrell and Richard Evans
*Merry Christmas Baby – Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bill Evans
*Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

We Three Kings – Ralph Sutton, Jim Galloway, Milt Hilton and Gus Johnson*
*We Three Kings – Christmas Jazz Greats (Extended Version)

White Christmas – Oscar Peterson
*White Christmas – An Oscar Peterson Christmas

Silent Night – Ellis Marsalis
*Silent Night (feat. Bill Huntington & Jason Marsalis) – A New Orleans Christmas Carol (Gold Edition)

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? – Ramsey Lewis
*What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Sound of Christmas

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – The Four Freshman*
*I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Snowfall

The Christmas Waltz – Beegie Adair
*The Christmas Waltz – Jazz Piano Christmas

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman – Butch Thompson*
*God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Yulestride

Oh Good Grief – Wynton and Ellis Marsalis
*Oh, Good Grief! – Joe Cool’s Blues

Christmas is Coming – David Benoit*
*Christmas Is Coming – 40 Years – A Charlie Brown Christmas

O Christmas Tree – Russell Malone
*O Christmas Tree – Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays

Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi
*Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) – A Charlie Brown Christmas (Expanded Edition)

We Three Kings of Orient Are – Oliver Jones
*We Three Kings of Orient Are – A Celebration in Time

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Oliver Jones

Jingle Bells – Jimmy Smith
*Jingle Bells – Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

The Christmas Song – Peter White
*The Christmas Song – Songs of the Season

 

Or listen to most of the list here by clicking play!

Thanks for listening!