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 101-125 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 10400 10/8/1958 It's been so long darling The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10401 10/8/1958 Careless darlin' The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10402 10/8/1958 Through the days where only seven The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10405 10/9/1958 Last night I dreamed The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10406 10/9/1958 Slipping around The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10407 10/9/1958 I love you because The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10408 10/9/1958 There's nothing more to say The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10412 10/10/1958 There's a little bit of everything in Texas The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10413 10/10/1958 You nearly lose your mind The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10414 10/10/1958 Blue Christmas The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10415 10/10/1958 Don't rob another man's castle The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10443 10/29/1958 Mine is a lonely life-1 Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10444 10/29/1958 Almost lonely Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10445 10/29/1958 Giveaway girl Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10446 10/29/1958 Heart's command Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10503 11/20/1958 Let the whole world know Arnie Derksen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10504 11/20/1958 I'd like to be alone Arnie Derksen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10554 1/8/1959 I'm moving along Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10555 1/8/1959 I'm blue again Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10556 1/8/1959 Love, love, love me honey do Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10557 1/9/1959 Yes, I understand-1 Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10558 1/9/1959 Gotta lot of rhythm in my soul Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10625 2/23/1959 What I know about her The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10626 2/23/1959 I cried a tear The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10627 2/24/1959 Let's say goodbye like we said hello The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 101-125 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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