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 201-225 of 472 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 11082 4/7/1960 Why I'm walkin' The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11083 4/7/1960 White silver sands The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11084 4/7/1960 Am I that easy to forget The Texas Troubadours ; Ernest Tubb instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11099 4/15/1960 Let me be the one Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11100 4/15/1960 Someone for everyone Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11162 5/26/1960 So high Ronnie Self instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11163 5/26/1960 I've been there Ronnie Self instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11200 8/3/1960 Genie Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11201 8/3/1960 A different kind of love Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11202 8/3/1960 Take time out Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11203 8/4/1960 Lonely river Rhine Carl Dobkins, Jr. instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11224 8/13/1960 Lonely River Rhine Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11225 8/13/1960 Guess we thought the world would end Bobby Helms instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11226 8/16/1960 Do I worry? (Yes I do) Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11227 8/16/1960 Emotions Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11228 8/16/1960 I want to be wanted Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11237 8/18/1960 No one-2 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11238 8/18/1960 Crazy talk-1 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11239 8/18/1960 The big chance-1, 2 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11240 8/18/1960 It's never too late-2 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11241 8/19/1960 I'm learning about love-1, 2, 3 Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11242 8/19/1960 Careless (That's all) Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11243 8/30/1960 We three (My echo, my shadow and me) Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11244 8/30/1960 I want to be wanted Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
Decca NA 11245 8/31/1960 When my dreamboat comes home Brenda Lee instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 201-225 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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