Floyd Cramer (October 27, 1933 - December 31, 1997) was a highly acclaimed and sought-after country/pop session pianist who became famous as a recording artist during the early 1960s. His signature style, which helped define the smooth, traditional pop-oriented "Nashville Sound" of the 1950s and 1960s, made extensive use of melodic "half step" attacks and influenced a generation of pianists. Cramer's long string of instrumental hits includes "Flip Flop And Bop" (1958), "Last Date" (1960), "On The Rebound" (1961), "San Antonio Rose" (1961), and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (1962).
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Huttig, Arkansas, Cramer taught himself the piano as a child and after high school, began playing professionally for the radio show, "Louisiana Hayride." He served as a member of Elvis Presley's backing band in 1955 before pursuing an independent career as a studio musician in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to Presley, he recorded and performed with such top acts as Eddy Arnold, The Browns, Patsy Cline, The Everly Brothers, Don Gibson, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, and Jim Reeves, and he became one of a number of elite session musicians known as The Nashville A-Team. Floyd Cramer's numerous honors and accolades included being inducted posthumously into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
- The New York Times remembers Floyd Cramer.
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- Chattanooga Choo Choo 1962
(This instrumental song was previously a hit for Ernie Fields (1960) and later also became a hit for Harpers Bizarre (1967) and Tuxedo Junction (1978).)
- Last Date 1960
(This instrumental song also became a hit for Lawrence Welk (1960).)
- On The Rebound 1961
- San Antonio Rose 1961
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