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 126-150 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 10628 2/24/1959 Driftwood on the river The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10629 2/24/1959 I wonder why you said goodbye The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10630 2/26/1959 Tomorrow never comes The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10631 2/26/1959 Filipino baby The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10632 2/26/1959 I'd rather be The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10633 3/2/1959 Letters have no arms The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10634 3/2/1959 Rainbow at midnight The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10635 3/2/1959 Have you ever been lonely The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10636 3/2/1959 I will miss you when you go The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10637 3/2/1959 I'd rather be The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10683 4/15/1959 She wanna rock Arnie Derksen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10684 4/15/1959 The party was over Arnie Derksen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10685 4/15/1959 My dancing shoes Arnie Derksen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10693 4/16/1959 Buster's gang Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10694 4/16/1959 I wish I could love that much Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10695 4/16/1959 I know you do Justin Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10707 5/8/1959 Moody The Kalin Twins instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10708 5/8/1959 Sweet sugar lips The Kalin Twins instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10709 5/8/1959 I'm gonna knock on your door The Kalin Twins instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10758 6/9/1959 (There's a little song a-singing) In my heart Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10759 6/9/1959 Open up your arms Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10760 6/9/1959 Three little Peggies Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10761 6/9/1959 Class ring Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10789 7/3/1959 Life's railway to heaven Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10790 7/3/1959 Just a closer walk with Thee Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 126-150 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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