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- Posted on Nov 16th 2009 7:04AM by Stephen Dowling
Led Zeppelin's most famous song became the rock radio staple it did because, the band's biographer claims, it was the perfect length for a DJ to take a crafty fag break.
"The song became successful by accident," Charles R. Cross told the New York Post. "[I] had 100 DJs swear to me that they only played the song because they needed a long break to go and smoke a cigarette. If it had been a minute shorter, you couldn't have smoked a full cigarette. If it had been a minute longer, it would have been too long."
'Stairway to Heaven' was never released as a single -- Led Zeppelin didn't do singles -- but nonetheless became one of US radio's most broadcast songs.
But the song is something of an albatross for Led Zeppelin, Cross told the paper it could possibly be one of the reasons the band's oft-rumoured reunion has stalled. While Jimmy Page still loves playing the song's foot-on-monitor guitar solo, singer Robert Plant, apparently, can't stand his band's biggest hit.
"Page's love of the tune seemed to go in inverse proportion to Plant's hate," Cross said.