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 176-200 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 10930 12/22/1959 Someone was already there Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10964 1/27/1960 Lovesick blues Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10965 1/27/1960 How can I face tomorrow Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10966 1/27/1960 There he goes again Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 10967 1/27/1960 Crazy dreams-1 Patsy Cline instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11051 3/27/1960 That's all you gotta do Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11052 3/27/1960 I want to be wanted (Per tutta la vita) Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11053 3/28/1960 Just a little-1 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11054 3/28/1960 Build a big fence Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11055 3/28/1960 Be my love again-1 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11056 3/28/1960 I'm sorry-1 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11057 3/28/1960 Dynamite-1 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11058 3/28/1960 Love and learn Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11059 3/28/1960 Wee Wee Willie Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11060 3/28/1960 Jambalaya (On the bayou) Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11064 3/29/1960 Do it now The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11065 3/29/1960 He'll have to go The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11066 3/29/1960 Mister Blues The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11067 3/29/1960 The kind of love she gave to me The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11072 3/30/1960 Pick me up on your way down The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11073 3/30/1960 This ain't the blues (Instrumental) The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11078 4/6/1960 You win again The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11079 4/6/1960 I believe I'm entitled to you The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11080 4/6/1960 A guy named Joe The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11081 4/6/1960 Who will buy the wine The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 176-200 of 472 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cramer, Floyd," accessed April 16, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

Cramer, Floyd. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 16, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202179.

"Cramer, Floyd." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 16 April 2024.

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