Floyd Cramer

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Soundtrack
Tags: piano instrumental easy listening 60s country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 October 1933, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, d. 31 December 1997, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The style and sound of Cramer’s piano-playing was possibly one of the biggest influences on post-50s country music. His delicate rock ‘n’ roll sound was achieved by accentuating the discord in rolling from the main note to a sharp or flat, known as ‘slip note’. This is perfectly highlighted in his first major hit, ‘Last Date’, in 1960. He was already a vastly experienced Nashville session player, playing on countless records during the 50s. He can be heard on many Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley records (one of his first sessions was ‘Heartbreak Hotel’), often with his long-time friend Chet Atkins, and also recorded with Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and Ketty Lester. During the early 60s he regularly entered the US charts. Two notable hits were the superb ‘On The Rebound’, which still sounds fresh and lively more than 30 years...

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