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 26-50 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 9419 6/14/1956 My hillbilly baby The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9420 6/14/1956 Daisy May The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9512 9/11/1956 Beside you Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9513 9/11/1956 I'm counting on you Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9514 9/11/1956 They can't take your love Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9515 9/11/1956 I'm tired of pretending Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9516 9/12/1956 Oh! so many years Webb Pierce ; Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9517 9/12/1956 One week later Webb Pierce ; Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9518 9/12/1956 When I'm with you Webb Pierce ; Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9519 9/12/1956 Can you find it in your heart Webb Pierce ; Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9520 9/13/1956 Repenting Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9521 9/13/1956 I guess I'll go on dreaming Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9522 9/13/1956 Each day Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9523 9/13/1956 The pace that kills Kitty Wells instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9524 9/13/1956 Loving you my weakness The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9525 9/13/1956 Treat her right The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9526 9/13/1956 I want you to know (I love you) The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9586 11/15/1956 Rock around with Ollie Vee Buddy Holly instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9587 11/15/1956 Modern Don Juan Buddy Holly instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9588 11/15/1956 You are my one desire Buddy Holly instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9631 1/16/1957 Don't forbid me The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9632 1/16/1957 God's eyes-1 The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9633 1/17/1957 My treasure-1 The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9634 1/17/1957 Gals don't mean a thing The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9649 2/2/1957 Leave me Ernest Tubb ; The Wilburn Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 26-50 of 472 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cramer, Floyd," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

Cramer, Floyd. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

"Cramer, Floyd." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 April 2024.

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