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FLOYD CRAMER (October 27, 1933 – December 31, 1997) was an American Hall of Fame pianist who was one of the architects of the Nashville sound . He was known for his "slip note " piano style, in which an out-of-key note slides into the correct note.

CONTENTS

* 1 Biography * 2 Legacy * 3 Awards * 4 Quotation

* 5 Discography

* 5.1 Albums * 5.2 Singles

* 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Other sources * 9 External links

BIOGRAPHY

Cramer was born in Shreveport, Louisiana , and grew up in the small town of Huttig, Arkansas . He taught himself to play the piano . After finishing high school, he returned to Shreveport, where he worked as a pianist for the radio show _ Louisiana
Louisiana
Hayride _.

In 1953, he cut his first single, "Dancin' Diane", backed with "Little Brown Jug", for the local Abbott label. In 1955 he played dates with an emerging talent who would later figure significantly in his career, Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
.

In 1955 Cramer moved to Nashville
Nashville
, where piano accompaniment in country music was growing in popularity. By the next year he was, in his words, "in day and night doing session". Before long, he was one of the busiest studio musicians in the industry, playing piano for stars such as Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
, Brenda Lee , Patsy Cline
Patsy Cline
, the Browns , Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
, Eddy Arnold , Roy Orbison , Don Gibson , and the Everly Brothers , among others. It was Cramer's piano playing, for instance, on Presley's first RCA Victor single, " Heartbreak Hotel ". However, Cramer remained strictly a session player, a virtual unknown to anyone outside the music industry .

Cramer had released records under his own name since the early 1950s and became well known following the release of "Last Date ", a 45-rpm single, released by RCA Victor in 1960. The instrumental piece exhibited a relatively new concept in piano playing known as the "slip note" style. The record went to number two on the _Billboard_ Hot 100 pop music chart, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc . The song was kept out of the number 1 position by Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight ". Interestingly and perhaps ironically, the session pianist for Elvis's recording of that #1 song, in a very early morning session (about 4:00 AM) at RCA Studio B in Nashville, was none other than Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
himself.

Of the characteristic "slip note" style, Cramer commented, "The style I use mainly is a whole-tone slur which gives more of a lonesome cowboy sound. You hit a note and slide almost simultaneously to another." The origin of the style is uncertain. It seems to have first emerged at the 1960 session for Hank Locklin
Hank Locklin
's hit "Please Help
Help
Me I\'m Falling ", when Cramer was asked by Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
to copy the unusual piano styling of songwriter Don Robertson , who had played on the demo. Cramer also acknowledged the influence of "Mother" Maybelle Carter 's autoharp playing.

In 1961, Cramer had a hit with " On the Rebound ", which went to number 4, and number 1 on the UK Singles Chart . ("On the Rebound" was featured during the opening credits of the 2009 Oscar -nominated film _ An Education _, which was set in England in 1961.) Also in 1961, Cramer had a hit with "San Antonio Rose " (number 8).

By the mid-1960s, Cramer had become a respected performer, making numerous albums and touring with guitar maestro Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
and saxophonist Boots Randolph , sometimes headlining and sometimes as the opening act for Eddy Arnold . Cramer also performed with them as a member of the Million Dollar Band .

Over the years, he continued to balance session work with his own albums. Many of these featured standards or popular hits of the era. From 1965 to 1974 he annually recorded a disc of the year's biggest hits, entitled _Class of . . ._ . Other albums included _I Remember Hank Williams_ (1962), _ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Plays the Monkees_ (1967), _Sounds of Sunday_ (1971) and _Looking for Mr. Goodbar_ (1978). In 1977 _ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
and the Keyboard Kick Band_ was released, on which he played eight different keyboard instruments .

In 1980 Cramer's final major chart entry was a version of the theme of the television series _Dallas _.

Cramer died of lung cancer in 1997, at the age of 64. He was interred in the Spring Hill Cemetery in the Nashville
Nashville
suburb of Madison, Tennessee .

LEGACY

His grandson, Jason Coleman, inherited his grandfather's skill on the piano, performing with him on television and in concert at a young age. At age 17, he played "Please Help
Help
Me, I\'m Falling ", the first song to feature Cramer's signature slip notes, with Hank Locklin
Hank Locklin
at the Grand Ole Opry , and two years later played piano for the Medallion Ceremony at Cramer's induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame . He carries on his grandfather's legacy with recordings and a touring tribute concert, The Piano
Piano
Magic of Floyd Cramer, sharing the piano arrangements and story of Cramer's contributions to American music.

AWARDS

In 2003 Cramer was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
. In 2004, his recording of "Last Date" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, established to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance. In 2008 Cramer was inducted into the Louisiana
Louisiana
Music Hall of Fame .

East Tennessee State University , in Johnson City, Tennessee , offers the Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Competitive Scholarship.

QUOTATION

“ Trying to launch myself on a solo career, after being Elvis Presley's pianist for so long, placed me in an unenviable position. Some people thought I was trying to cash in. If I had wanted to cash in on my association with Elvis, I would have done it five years ago. ”

_ NME _ - November 1961

DISCOGRAPHY

ALBUMS

YEAR ALBUM CHART POSITIONS LABEL

US COUNTRY US

1957 _That Honky Tonk Piano_ — — MGM Records
MGM Records

1960 _Hello Blues_ — — RCA Victor

1961 _Last Date_ — —

_On the Rebound_ — 70

1962 _America's Biggest Selling Pianist_ — —

_ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Gets Organ-ized_ — 113

_I Remember Hank Williams_ — 130

1963 _Swing Along with Floyd Cramer_ — —

_Comin' On_ — —

_Three Great Pianos_ (with Peter Nero and Frankie Carle ) — —

1964 _Country Piano-City Strings_ — —

_Cramer at the Console_ — —

_The Best of Floyd Cramer_ — —

1965 _Hits from the Country Hall of Fame_ 10 —

_Class of '65_ — 107

_The Magic Touch of Floyd Cramer_ — —

1966 _The Distinctive Piano
Piano
Style of Floyd Cramer_ — —

_Only the Big Ones_ — —

_Class of '66_ — 123

1967 _Night Train_ — —

_Here's What's Happening!_ 20 166

_ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Plays the Monkees_ — —

_Class of '67_ 21 —

_We Wish You a Merry Christmas_ — 26

1968 _ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Plays Country Classics_ 16 —

_Class of '68_ — —

_ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Plays MacArthur Park_ 36 —

_The Best of Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Volume 2_ — —

1969 _Class of '69_ 31 —

_ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Plays More Country Classics_ 17 —

1970 _The Big Ones, Vol. 2_ — 183

_With the Music City Pops_ — —

_This Is Floyd Cramer_ 39 —

_Class of '70_ 43 —

1971 _Almost Persuaded_ — —

_ Chet Floyd & Boots _ (with Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
and Boots Randolph ) — —

_Sounds of Sunday_ 44 —

_Class of '71_ 34 —

1972 _Detours_ — —

_Class of '72_ — —

_ Best of the Class of Floyd Cramer _ — —

_Date with Floyd Cramer_ — —

1973 _ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Plays the Big Hits_ — —

_Super Country Hits_ — —

_Class of '73_ 34 —

1974 _Young and Restless_ — —

_Spotlight On_ — —

_ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
in Concert_ 25 —

1975 _ Piano
Piano
Masterpieces 1900–1975_ — —

_Class of '74 and '75_ — —

1976 _ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Country_ 46 —

1977 _ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
& the Keyboard Kick Band_ 50 —

_Chet Floyd ">US US COUNTRY US R&B US AC UK

1958 "Flip Flop and Bop" 87 — — — — _Last Date_

1960 "Last Date " 2 11 3 — —

1961 "On the Rebound" 4 — 16 — 1 _On the Rebound_

"San Antonio Rose " 8 8 — 3 36

"Your Last Goodbye" 63 — — — — _America's Biggest Selling Pianist_

"Hang On" 95 — — — —

1962 " Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chattanooga Choo Choo
" 36 — — 9 — (single only)

"Let's Go" 90 — — — — _ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
Gets Organ-ized_

"Lovesick Blues" 87 — — 20 — _I Remember Hank Williams_

"Hot Pepper" 63 — — — 46 (singles only)

"Swing Low" 110 — — — —

"Losers Weepers" 127 — — — —

1963 "Java" 49 — — 12 — _Swing Along with Floyd Cramer_

"(These Are) The Young Years" 129 — — — — _Comin' On_

"How High the Moon" 121 — — — — (single only)

"Heartless Heart" 124 — — — — _Country Piano-City Strings_

1967 "Stood Up" — 53 — 24 — (single only)

1968 "By the Time I Get To Phoenix" — — — 32 —

1970 "Theme from Two-Twenty-Two" — — — 39 —

1977 "Rhythm of the Rain" — 67 — — — _ Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
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* ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ Wadey P., "Obituary: Floyd Cramer", _Independent Monthly_ (UK), Independent News and Media Limited, January 1998. * ^ Friday, April 1; Saturday, April 2; Sunday, August 14; Monday, September 5, the beginning of a five-day tour. Guralnick, Peter; Jorgensen, Ernst. _Elvis Day by Day_. Random House. Retrieved February 2014. * ^ "Floyd Cramer", Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved September 17, 2014. * ^ Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
interviewed on the _ Pop Chronicles _ (1969) * ^ "Last Date" is the closing theme of Ray Hadley 's radio show on Sydney's radio station 2GB . * ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). _The Book of Golden Discs_ (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins. p. 123. ISBN 0-214-20512-6 . * ^ Rice, Jo (1982). _The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits_. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 57. ISBN 0-85112-250-7 .

* ^ Steffen Hung. " Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
– Theme From Dallas". hitparade.ch. Retrieved March 14, 2016. * ^ Tobler, John (1992). _ NME Rock 'N' Roll Years_ (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 100. CN 5585. * ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). _Top Pop Singles 1955–2010_. Record Research, Inc. p. 207. ISBN 0-89820-188-8 .

OTHER SOURCES

* Escott, Colin (1998), "Floyd Cramer". In Paul Kingsbury (ed.), _The Encyclopedia of Country Music_, New York: Oxford University Press. ,pp. 117–18.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Rockhall.com * Spaceagepop.com * "Floyd Cramer". _ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
_. * Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum * Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
at Find a Grave

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