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Floyd Cramer

A distinctive pianist whose unique, slip-note playing style came to typify the pop-oriented Nashville sound of the late '50s and early '60s, session and solo musician Floyd Cramer was born October 27, 1933, in Louisiana. After a childhood spent largely in Arkansas, he returned to his home state in 1951 and began appearing on the radio program The Louisiana Hayride, where he performed with the likes of Jim Reeves, Faron Young, Webb Pierce, and, in his debut, Elvis Presley.

While Cramer cut a few solo sides in 1953, his most important work in the early '50s was as a session musician, where he first met Chet Atkins, who encouraged the pianist to move to Nashville. He did in 1955, rejoining Atkins as the house pianist at RCA Records to begin developing what would ultimately be recognized as the Nashville sound, a style shorn of the elements associated with traditional country and honky tonk instead favoring a more polished, progressive sheen. With Atkins behind the production boards, Cramer began to perfect his unique style of playing, a method not dissimilar to guitar-picking in that he would hit one key and then slide his finger onto the next, creating a blue, lonesome sound. Under Atkins' guidance, Cramer played on hundreds of sessions, including many for Presley, among them "Heartbreak Hotel."

In 1957, Cramer released his own solo debut, That Honky-Tonk Piano, and in the next year scored a minor pop hit with the single "Flip, Flop and Bop." As his solo career was largely secondary in relation to his session work, he recorded his own music sporadically, but in 1960 notched a significant country and pop hit with the self-penned instrumental "Last Date." The follow-up, a cover of Bob Wills' "San Antonio Rose," reached the Top Ten of both charts. He also released an LP a year between 1960 and 1962, starting with Hello Blues and followed by Last Date and I Remember Hank Williams.

From 1965 to 1974, Cramer annually released a Class Of... album, a collection of the year's top hits done in his own inimitable style. In 1971, he also teamed with Atkins and saxophonist Boots Randolph for the album Chet, Floyd and Boots. By 1977, Cramer was exploring modern technology, and on the LP Keyboard Kick Band, he played a number of instruments, including a synthesizer. In 1980, he released his last significant hit, a recording of the theme from the hit TV drama Dallas. Though largely quiet for most of the decade, in 1988 Cramer released three separate albums -- Country Gold, Just Me and My Piano!, and Special Songs of Love. He died December 31, 1997. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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LOVE THIS SONG (Java) but as of this comment NO ONE has done it better then Al Hurt!!!!!! If you don't like this style of music I feel sorry for you. You are missing a era gone by. Have a GREAT day to all.
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BEAUTIFUL MUSIC,
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Instantly recognizeabl e and always pleasant on the ear. The slip note imitated the guitar or steel. Floyd was brilliant.
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My father back in the early 60's use to play this song on the up right piano, brings back to memory lane.
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mitchellomai l
Play last date now

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Like !
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He is one of the greatest piano player...Che c k Richard Clayderman as well, he is the best...
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I love this kind of music. Its soothing to your soul...
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jddickens17
I've loved his music ever since I first heard him. Mid-fifties until today, as the song says he was always on my mind. No talent like his today.
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A piano Virtuoso is at hands and what great sounds he makes. :o))
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debbieswarfi e l d
Love it!
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He was one of the great's on everything
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This is good music, but it's not his. Scott Joplin a black man wrote this. .... Lets give him some credit people
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Love it.
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I think I'll be loving this station for a long time.
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one of the classics from Floyd Cramer
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Loved the movie ... Love this song.

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just love this music, a real musician of yesteryear and for ever.
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nlsak
Luv his music-his slip note style! Relaxing . Better than anything out there today !!
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arttal_81642
Relaxing music while sitting next to you honey sipping a glass of wine in candlelight reminiscing.
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newsbn
Reminds me of my high school days. Smooth. Very smooth.
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seawild
Canadian Sunset.. Continental Exotica! Very cool.
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love Floyd 's music
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@ann bondurant Jason Coleman is a talented musician as well I went to 1 of his concerts
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This guy has amazing music ❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Man! The timing. The possitioning of notes. The continuity. Incredable. DMB
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Remember when i was a little kid
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lol ecco
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I like this song
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I like this song
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I love Floyd, but how did he show up on my Brazilian music station?
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Will live in INFAMY??? dave.passon, that means: Total lack of honor or reputation. I don't think that's what you ment, so flunk!! Try an online dictionary dude. If you did your a jerk. That's in the dictionary too. DMB
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Floyd Cramer is amazing! There isn't a song I don't like. He was a great pianist. Have truly enjoyed his music. Thank you, Floyd!
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all these artists will live in infamy
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my uncle floyd only joshin. thought floyd was a guitarist n singer of country. got him mixed up with another crate ah records
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His classics consist of the great voice of Pat Daisy along with the great fiddle player and Floyd's inimitable piano style playing Faded Love, Theprisoner Song and Thinking tonight of my blue eyes all musical perfection. Sadly , Also Green Grass Of Home . All only available on U Tube.
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My favorite piano player during my life.
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dholster001
Lara's Theme is the most tenderly romantic sound I have ever heard..God ess hi for his relly great talent and reverence
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jddickens17
Floyd Cramer is my favorite pop musician of all time. Last Date and on the On the Rebound my favorite of his songs.
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Love Floyd Cramer! Have collected his music for many many years! He is my favorite of all musicians.
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rctalker
Good music. easy to listen to. really enjoy it. thanks. Robert chulick
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Thanks PANDORA for the beautiful music, and maybe you would play some Jason Coleman music would like to see if he is as I have heard as talented as his granddad Floyd Cramer. I like your new way easier for me to use.
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His slip note piano styling is one in a million. Whenever I hear one of his songs on the radio I know immediately that it is Mr. Cramer playing. Wonderful style and love the old standards.
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295294601
A classic playing a classic. Love it.
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jgiblin123
There's something about slip note piano that feels good to the ear. And Floyd Cramer really knew how to do it better than anyone!

Thanks to Pandora for putting these music choices together.
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gingerwest33
Loved this music since my teens (and that's been a long time!). Loving Pandora... what a great find!
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saconover
Great, easy lisening. Happy that his grandson Jason Coleman is following his Grandfathers foot steps.
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New to PANDORA, but WOW!!! My son informed me that even though this site has music that he and his friends enjoy, the "old geezer" can find good stuff here as well. This album was one of my favorites for many years. Glad it is listed here. :-)
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I had the honor of attending Jason Coleman's concert last night. He is the grandson of Floyd Cramer, and started playing piano at 5 years old. "The Legacy of Floyd Cramer" was the best concert I have ever attended. Jason is currently touring the country playing his granddad's music as well as his own favorites, and one he wrote. This 23 year old man is every bit as talented as his granddad, Floyd Cramer.
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Sit back and enjoy. Floyd's style of playing is what easy listening is all about.
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