Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, left, and Robert Plant (pictured in 2012) are being accused of stealing the famous  opening of “Stairway to Heaven” from a 1960s California band called Spirit. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, left, and Robert Plant (pictured in 2012) are being accused of stealing the famous opening of “Stairway to Heaven” from a 1960s California band called Spirit. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Scoop: ‘Stairway to Heaven’ sounds kinda like ‘Taurus’

Did Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page lift the famous opening of “Stairway to Heaven” from an instrumental called “Taurus” by a band called Spirit?

The estate of the late Randy Wolfe, a songwriter from Spirit, claims so, in a case that will be decided in court.

A U.S. district judge in Los Angeles ruled that there is enough evidence in the plaintiff’s charge of copyright infringement to send the matter before a jury.

According to CNN, the suit, filed by Wolfe’s trustee Michael Skidmore, claims Page may have heard Spirit play the song at three U.S. festivals at which both bands appeared, before the release of Led Zeppelin’s famous track.

CNN has posted video clips of both versions, and amusing other instances of notable cases in which musicians accused musicians of stealing.

Listen for yourself: Does Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines” sound like Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” like Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”; Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” like Huey Lewis’ “I Want a New Drug”; George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” like the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” and the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ U.S.A.” like Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen”?


San Francisco Zoo officials announced the birth of a giraffe and have posted links to a video of the adorable 6-footer taking her first steps.

The yet-to-be named giraffe was born at 9:40 a.m. Friday in the Bernard Osher Foundation Giraffe Barn to parents Barbo and Floyd; within minutes, she was walking.

“It’s such a special time when babies are born at the zoo,” zoo president Tanya Peterson said in a statement issued Wednesday. “You can’t help but fall in love with this calf the moment you see her.”


Even though TMZ reported that Lindsay Lohan is engaged to her beau Egor Tarabasov, the star is denying it.

“The story is untrue and holds no merit,” Lohan’s publicist Hunter Frederick told People, Us and OK!

Here’s what is known about the guy: He’s 22 and the son of multi-millionaire businessman Dmitry Tarabasov. He grew up in Moscow and now lives in London.

Lohan’s parents apparently approve.


S.F. 49er Trent Brown is 23 … San Jose Shark Joonas Donskoi is 24. … S.F. Giant Hunter Pence is 33. … Singer Nellie McKay is 34. … Actor Ricky Schroder is 46. … Actress Caroline Rhea is 52. …. Chess player Garry Kasparov is 53. … Drummer Max Weinberg of the E Street Band is 65, … Singer Peabo Bryson is 65. … Singer Al Green is 70. … Actor Tony Dow is 71. … Musician Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane is 72. … Singer Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers is 76. … Actor Lyle Waggoner is 81. Director Stanley Donen is 92.

— Wire reports

Egor TarabasovEngagementgiraffeJimmy PageLed ZeppelinLindsay LohanRandy WolfeRobert PlantSan Francisco zooSpiritStairway to HeavenTaurus

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Construction in the Better Market Street Project between Fifth and Eighth streets is expected to break ground in mid-2021.<ins></ins>
SFMTA board to vote on Better Market Street changes

Agency seeks to make up for slimmed-down plan with traffic safety improvements

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Currey (30) tallied 26 points and seven assists at Monday night’s game against the Lakers. (Chris Victorio for the S.F. Examiner).
Warriors overcome 19-point deficit to stun defending-champion Lakers 115-113

Ladies and gentlemen, the Golden State Warriors are officially back. Stephen Curry… Continue reading

U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team at the Queen Theater on Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/TNS)
Kamala Harris to resign from Senate

Bridget Bowman CQ-Roll Call Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign from the… Continue reading

A view of Science Hall at the City College of San Francisco Ocean campus on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
CCSF begins search for next chancellor amid new challenges

‘It’s arguably the biggest single responsibility the board has,’ trustee says

Some people are concerned that University of California, San Francisco’s expansion at its Parnassus campus could cause an undesirable increase in the number of riders on Muni’s N-Judah line.<ins></ins>
Will UCSF’s $20 million pledge to SFMTA offset traffic woes?

An even more crowded N-Judah plus increased congestion ahead cause concern

Most Read