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 51-75 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 9650 2/2/1957 Mister Love Ernest Tubb ; The Wilburn Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9840 6/5/1957 Bachelor man Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9841 6/5/1957 The party is over (for me) Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9842 6/5/1957 Tears of angels Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9913 7/18/1957 I always went through Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9914 7/18/1957 Go home Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9974 11/11/1957 Hey, Mr. Bluebird Ernest Tubb ; The Wilburn Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9975 11/11/1957 How do we know Ernest Tubb ; The Wilburn Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9978 11/13/1957 Tangled-2 The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9979 11/13/1957 Home of the blues-2 The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9980 11/13/1957 I found my girl in the U.S.A.-1 The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9981 11/13/1957 Geisha girl-1 The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9982 11/14/1957 I wonder why I worry over you-1 The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9983 11/14/1957 The deep purple blues The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 9984 11/14/1957 Please keep me in mind The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10241 4/26/1958 Everyone but one Terry Noland instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10242 4/26/1958 One sweet kiss Terry Noland instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10243 4/26/1958 Crazy dream Terry Noland instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10272 5/16/1958 Deep purple blues The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10273 5/16/1958 Please keep me on mind The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10274 5/16/1958 I wonder why I worry over you The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10275 5/19/1958 I'm a long gone Daddy The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10276 5/19/1958 You cheatin' heart The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10277 5/19/1958 Don't trade your old fashioned sweetheart (for a honky tonk queen) The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10278 5/19/1958 It makes no difference now The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 51-75 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179

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