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 451-472 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 13281 2/10/1965 Sweet Leilani Burl Ives instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13282 2/10/1965 The moon of Manakoora Burl Ives instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13283 2/10/1965 Song of the islands Burl Ives instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13288 2/12/1965 Aloha Oe Burl Ives instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13289 2/12/1965 Thirty thousand feet over Denver Burl Ives instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13290 2/12/1965 Betsy the cow Burl Ives instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13876 1/13/1966 Make the world go away Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13877 1/13/1966 The good life-1 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13878 1/13/1966 Flowers on the wall Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13879 1/13/1966 Yesterday Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13880 1/14/1966 Remember when (we made these memories) Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13881 1/14/1966 Bye bye blues Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13882 1/14/1966 September in the rain Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13883 1/14/1966 A taste of honey Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13887 1/15/1966 The shadow of your smile Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13888 1/15/1966 Softly as I leave you Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13889 1/15/1966 What a difference a day made Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13900 1/20/1966 What you gonna do Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 13901 1/20/1966 It's another world Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 15468 3/11/1969 Holding on to nothing Loretta Lynn ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 15469 3/11/1969 Somewhere between Loretta Lynn ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 15470 3/11/1969 Let's wait a little longer Loretta Lynn ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 451-472 of 472 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cramer, Floyd," accessed April 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

Cramer, Floyd. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

"Cramer, Floyd." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 April 2024.

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