who invented the galloping rock song?
(wish YouTube had the proper recorded version of "Crazy Train", with the great intro and cleaner choppy gallop riff from Randy Rhoads, but this live one will have to do)
Some good suggestions in the comments boxes
Also Andrew Parker offers these thoughts:
Rhythms imitating footsteps/hoofsteps have been around for centuries, dating back to folk songs and sarabands, and probably much earlier. Any song intended to accompany dancing or convey a sense of travelling will be set to such a rhythm. The most obvious precursor for hard rock is the blues shuffle, which Led Zeppelin et al. simply sped up.
If a horse was slipped a bit of mogadon, it's cantor might resemble the precarious gait of Sister's of Mercy's Marian. There must be all sorts of songs that use the rhythm, which I'll probably notice over the next few months thanks to your post. ;-)
Also of interest is the Wikipedia entry on galloping rhythm:
This rhythmic figure may be used on palm muted power chords providing accompanimental rhythmic ostinati on the rhythm guitar ( Play example (help·info)), and may be heard in the introduction to Deep Purple's "Highway Star", as well as their "Hard Lovin' Man" and Black Sabbath's "Children of the Grave" and "Air Dance". Also Metallica's "Motorbreath" and, more famously, "The Four Horsemen". The pattern has also been used by group such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Slayer and Black Sabbath. Variations include triplet gallop rhythms (
This pattern has also been used in many non-metal songs. A classic example is the Scott Walker single "Jacky" released in 1967.