Whatever Happened To Floyd Cramer?
Country Music isn’t filled with great instrumental hit songs. We love our drinking songs, we love our cheating songs, we love our patriotic songs. But instrumental’s have had a tough time cracking the Top 10 in country music history.
But country music is filled with great instrumentalists. And among the very best ever was the legendary Floyd Cramer.
Born in Louisiana, Floyd was raised in Arkansas and you know that great piano style that we all love? Well, Floyd was self taught!
Floyd cut his first single in 1953, but it was when he moved to Nashville in 1955 that things really started to happen for him.
He played on virtually everyone’s records, from Patsy Cline to Elvis Presley. In fact, that’s Floyd Cramer playing piano on Elvis’ iconic ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.
Other artist’s records Cramer played on in his career? Well, go ahead and name one and it’s probably Floyd at the piano keys. He was among Nashville’s most respected session musicians. Everyone wanted Floyd Cramer on their album.
It was in 1960 that Floyd had the single that would become his signature song. Click on the video, sit back and enjoy (again) ‘Last Date’.
So whatever happened to Nashville’s greatest piano player?
Floyd Cramer passed away from lung cancer in 1997 at the age of 64.