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ScarletMacaw

Was Stairway to Heaven really never released as a single?

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The first time I ever heard Zep was on Casey Kasem's Top 40 Countdown...back in '74 or '75..."Stairway to Heaven" was in the top 40, even though it was several years after the album release...I'm almost positive the Top 40 was all singles..yet I've read Stairway was never released as a single, so how is this possible? I think it MUST have been released as a single, at least in the US. Can anyone clear up this mystery?

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He might have been referring to the LP. It was released as a promo only in the US, in 1972 and 1977, and was released in Australia and the Phillipines as a regular issue.

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"Stairway" was never released as a physical single by Led Zeppelin. It was released as a single by a few other artists, but none of those versions charted in the Billboard Top-40, which was the basis for Casey Kasem's radio program.

So, if Casey Kasem ever did play "Stairway", it was not part of his Top-40 countdown.

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I know it was released as a physical single (as in a 45 rpm vinyl record) but in this parlance, I always thought it was being referred to as a single that was released to radio. Or more accurately, not released to radio (at least in the U.S.). That doesn't mean stations didn't play it as obviously, they did.

A few thousand copies were sent to radio stations for promotional puposes (see here and here) but the single was not released publicly.

So, radio stations would play the song, but it wasn't eligible for the Top-40 chart because the single wasn't available in stores (and Billboard only counted singles that could be purchased in stores).

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I'd hate to think my memory is confusing things...but now I'll have to rethink what I'm remembering--maybe it was some other sort of radio program...

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I'd hate to think my memory is confusing things...but now I'll have to rethink what I'm remembering--maybe it was some other sort of radio program...

Maybe he played Rock & Roll? I think that was released as a single.

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I wouldn't mix up the songs...I distinctly remember that the first Zep song I heard was Stairway to Heaven, and that I heard it on my transistor radio on the weekend, and that I would listen to the same radio show the following weekend so that I could hear it again...I remember that I was amazed by it because it didn't sound like any of the other songs being played, being two to three times as long and having the different sections, building up toward the end; it seemed more like a classical symphony...I'm going to try to do some more research...

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I bought a single of stairway to heaven in 80's.

made mistake of giving it away.

cant rember what was on b side.

So was released

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http://www.discogs.com/Led-Zeppelin-Stairway-To-Heaven/release/757854

Stairway To Heaven ‎(7", Promo, Mono) Atlantic PR-175 US 1972 B-Side was Stairway to Heaven Backwards
Stairway To Heaven ‎(7", Single) Atlantic 45-3747 Philippines 1972
Stairway To Heaven ‎(7", Promo) Atlantic PR-269 US 1977
Stairway To Heaven ‎(7", Pic, Unofficial) Not On Label (Led Zeppelin) none US 1980
Stairway To Heaven ‎(12", Promo) WEA 6WP.2003 Brazil 1990
Stairway To Heaven [20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition] ‎(Box, Ltd, Promo, Pop + 7", Single + CD, Single) Atlantic PRCD 4424-2 US 1991
Stairway To Heaven ‎(12", Promo, Unofficial, S/Sided) Atlantic (2) FPE 0627 US 2010
Escalera Al Cielo ‎(7", Unofficial) Rock-Konzert Ghm. RK-101 Brazil Unknown
Stairway To Heaven / Hey Hey What Can I Do ‎(7", Single, Pic) Atlantic ST PR 269 Unknown

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I do recall it played on Top 40 AM back in the day, but it was an edited version. I'm not exactly sure what they chopped.

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My local rock and Top 40 radio stations definitely played Stairway To Heaven during the early 1970's. Maybe they copied it from Led Zeppelin IV onto an 8-track tape then played the tape for their audiences.

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I have a 45 Promo copy of Stairway to Heaven. It is a Hi Records distributed

by London. It is a Promotion Copy (printed on top) on an all white label,

which also says Not For Sale on the side. There is no band name,

there is no song name printed on it, and no company label.

It's 'scratch' label says Promo ll side l and Promo ll  side ll.

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