John Paul Jones

Jury gets peek at making of Led Zeppelin's epic 'Stairway'

Rock 'n' roll history played out Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom as vintage recordings of Led Zeppelin working on the song that became the epic "Stairway to Heaven" were played and the songwriters discussed its craft.

Jimmy Page testified about his ambitions to write a song that would accelerate to a crescendo and how he shared the introduction with keyboardist and bassist John Paul Jones to get an ally in his scheme.

Singer Robert Plant discussed matching a couplet to Page's opening on acoustic guitar as a fire crackled in the hearth at Headley Grange south of London in the spring of 1970.

The rough cuts to one of rock's most enduring anthems included...