In an often awkward exchange with lawyer Francis Malofiy, the attorney representing the estate of songwriter Randy Wolfe, the rocker defended comments he made suggesting the guitar riff from his classic tune was more similar to Mary Poppins song Chim Chim Cheree than Wolfe's Taurus.
Malofiy played a snippet of the Disney tune in court on Thursday morning (16Jun16) and suggested Page had said he was inspired by the song, sung by DICk Van Dyke, while he was writing Stairway to Heaven.
An agitated Page disagreed, testifying, "I didn’t say that. I said they have similar descending chromatic lines."
Malofiy questioned Page, often aggressively, about similarities between Wolfe's song Taurus and his Stairway to Heaven anthem, and quizzed the guitar great about possible meetings with Wolfe, aka Randy California, or whether he ever saw his band Spirit perform live.
Page told the Los Angeles court he had never met the guitarist and songwriter and never attended one of his shows.
Following Page’s testimony, former Spirit band member Larry 'Fuzzy' Knight revealed he met Page at a 1973 party in London. Knight insisted Wolfe was also a guest but he could not recall seeing the two guitarists together.
At the start of the trial, Led Zeppelin's attorney Peter Anderson told the newly-appointed jurors the similarity between the two songs was just a coincidence.
The case continues.