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 76-100 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 10281 5/20/1958 San Antonio rose The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10282 5/20/1958 I always went through The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10287 5/22/1958 I want you to know I love you I've been there The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10288 5/22/1958 That, my darlin' is me The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10289 5/22/1958 I'll get along somehow The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10290 6/9/1958 Educated Mama The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10291 6/9/1958 I'm waiting for ships that never come in The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10292 6/11/1958 Half a mind The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10293 6/11/1958 Next time The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10294 6/11/1958 Goodbye sunshine, hello blues The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10351 8/10/1958 Shir-Lee Don Guess instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10352 8/10/1958 Let me be your love Don Guess instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10353 8/10/1958 Good good feeling Don Guess instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10354 8/10/1958 Just a little lovin' baby Don Guess instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10355 8/10/1958 Sugar drop Terry Noland instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10356 8/10/1958 Guess I'm gonna fall Terry Noland instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10357 8/10/1958 There was a fungus among us Terry Noland instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10373 8/28/1958 A hundred hearts Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10383 9/24/1958 It's the age that makes the difference The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10384 9/24/1958 What am I living for The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10395 10/6/1958 The next voice you hear The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10396 10/6/1958 All those yesterdays The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10397 10/6/1958 Walking the floor over you The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10398 10/6/1958 When the world has turned you down The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10399 10/8/1958 I'll always be glad to take you back The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 76-100 of 472 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cramer, Floyd," accessed April 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

Cramer, Floyd. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

"Cramer, Floyd." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 April 2024.

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

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