Famous Arkansan: Floyd Cramer

Several well known
people have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to
Jermain Taylor. Check here every week as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan. This
week: Floyd Cramer

Zoie Clift
 
Reared at Huttig (Union
County), Floyd Cramer( 1933-1997) was a pianist who developed a unique lonesome piano style that launched him onto the Grand Ole Opry and
several hit recordings during the 1960s. He is famous for the slip note piano
style where one note slide into the next. Last Date and Alley
Cat
were top piano solos for Cramer.
 
He later expanded his range to
include light jazz and pop music. Often mentioned alongside such fellow session
men as guitarist Chet Atkins and saxophonist Boots Randolph, Cramer became the
pianist to use in Nashville from 1955 on. Cramer’s influence extended to
traditional country and rock and roll, too. His distinctive piano style could
be heard on recordings by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers,
Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, and many others. He is a member of the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame.

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