the 72nd birthday of Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. January 3rd

the 72nd birthday of Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. January 3rd

CLASSIC CUTS: Stairway to Heaven   

Led Zeppelin: “Stairway to Heaven”

The Hook: “The quintessential Zeppelin song.”

Album: Led Zeppelin IV

Year: 1971

Writers: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

Stats: Never released as a single, it was, however, the most-requested song on FM radio throughout the 1970s.

Background: John Paul Jones tells us the first time he heard “Stairway to Heaven” it was played to him by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in front of the fireside at Headley Grange, the English cottage where most of Led Zeppelin IV was recorded. He talks about his role in the track’s creation and why he thinks it became such a classic