Floyd Cramer

Floyd Cramer (October 27, 1933 – December 31, 1997) was an American pianist who became famous for his use of melodic "half step" attacks. He was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His signature playing style was a cornerstone of the pop-oriented "Nashville sound" of the 1950s and 1960s. Cramer's "slip-note" or "bent-note" style, in which a passing note slides almost instantly into or away from a chordal note, influenced a generation of pianists. His sound became popular to the degree that he stepped out of his role as a sideman and began touring as a solo act. In 1960, his piano instrumental solo, "Last Date" went to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart and sold over one million copies. Its follow-up, "On the Rebound", topped the UK Singles Chart in 1961. As a studio musician, he became one of a cadre of elite players dubbed the Nashville A-Team and he performed on scores of hit records.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 27, 1933 (Shreveport), Died December 31, 1997 (Nashville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1952 - 1969

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, organ

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Recordings (Results 226-250 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 11246 8/31/1960 Walking to New Orleans-1, 2 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11247 8/31/1960 Hallelujah, I love him so-1 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11248 8/31/1960 I'm in the mood for love-1, 2 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11249 9/1/1960 Swanee river rock-1, 2 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11250 9/1/1960 Pretend Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11251 9/1/1960 If I didn't care Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11252 9/1/1960 If you love me, really love me-2 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11253 9/1/1960 Teach me tonight Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11254 9/1/1960 Blueberry hill Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11267 9/21/1960 Candy kisses The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11268 9/21/1960 It happened when I really needed you The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11269 9/21/1960 Wondering The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11270 9/21/1960 Cold, cold heart The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11271 9/28/1960 Four walls The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11272 9/28/1960 Bouquet of roses The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11273 9/28/1960 Crazy arms The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11274 9/29/1960 I love you so much it hurts The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11275 9/29/1960 I walk the line The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11276 9/29/1960 Little ole band of gold The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11281 10/25/1960 Wabash cannon ball The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11282 10/25/1960 I'm moving on The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11329 11/27/1960 Tennessee Saturday night The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11330 11/27/1960 Signed, sealed and delivered The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11352 12/4/1960 Thoughts of a fool The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11353 12/4/1960 Girl from Abilene The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 226-250 of 472 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cramer, Floyd," accessed April 23, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

Cramer, Floyd. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

"Cramer, Floyd." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 April 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179

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