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 151-175 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 10793 7/17/1959 Big town Ronnie Self instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10794 7/17/1959 This must be the place Ronnie Self instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10797 7/20/1959 I'm with you Arnie Derksen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10798 7/20/1959 K4WO Arnie Derksen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10799 7/20/1959 There stands the glass Arnie Derksen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10800 7/23/1959 Hurry baby Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10801 7/23/1959 You're the one Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10802 7/24/1959 My lucky day Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10803 7/24/1959 Sad eyed baby Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10811 8/10/1959 Lucky devil Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10812 8/10/1959 Lovelight Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10813 8/10/1959 Exclusively yours Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10814 8/10/1959 Sue Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10818 8/11/1959 Class ring Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10819 8/11/1959 One little girl Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10820 8/11/1959 True love Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10821 8/11/1959 For your love Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10822 8/12/1959 That's all I need to know Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10823 8/12/1959 I'm sorry Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10824 8/12/1959 A fool such as I Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10825 8/12/1959 Raining in my heart Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10833 8/18/1959 Why don't you believe me? The Kalin Twins instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10834 8/18/1959 The meaning of the blues The Kalin Twins instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10835 8/18/1959 True to you The Kalin Twins instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10929 12/22/1959 To my sorrow Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 151-175 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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