Floyd Cramer

Floyd Cramer

About Floyd Cramer

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, where an out-of-key note slides into the correct note. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Cramer grew up in the small town of Huttig, Arkansas, teaching himself to play the piano. After finishing high school, he returned to Shreveport, where he worked as a pianist for the Louisiana Hayride radio show. In 1953, he cut his first single, 'Dancin' Diane', backed with 'Little Brown Jug', for the local Abbott label. He then toured with an emerging talent who would later figure significantly in his career, Elvis Presley. Cramer moved to Nashville in 1955 where the use of piano accompanists in country music was growing in popularity. By the next year he was, in his words, 'in day and night doing sessions.

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