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(CNN) – The "Stairway to Heaven" guitar riff is one of the most iconic.
But now, lawyers for "Spirit" say the little-known band wrote the legendary lick first, in their 1968 instrumental "Taurus."
The lead guitarist on "Taurus," who went by the name Randy California, has passed away, but his family is reportedly suing, according to Bloomberg News.
They say they waited all these years, because they didn't have the money for a legal fight.
Of course this is hardly the first time a rock and roll legend has been accused of taking inspiration from somebody else's thunder.
"Led Zeppelin" had covered "Spirit" tunes as early as 1968. They even played together in 1969, according to Bloomberg. Any chance this is just a coincidence?
Billboard Magazine editor Joe Levy weighs in.
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