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


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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