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Classic Rewind: Floyd Cramer – ‘Last Date’

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2 responses to “Classic Rewind: Floyd Cramer – ‘Last Date’

  1. Paul W Dennis May 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    This song was an unbelievably big hit, but mostly I like Floyd Cramer as part of the instrumental accompaniment, Of course, any clip from the Johnny Cash Show is worth seeing so thanks Jonathan

  2. Ken May 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Though Floyd Cramer gets credit for creating the slip-note style of piano evident in this great clip, he actually “borrowed” that technique from songwriter/pianist Don Robertson. At producer Chet Atkins’ suggestion Floyd first used it for Hank Locklin’s 1960 hit “Please Help Me I’m Falling.” Cramer copied it note-for-note from Robertson’s demo recording. The massive success of that record led Floyd to adopt style for himself.

    Don Robertson is most famous for his 1956 instrumental pop hit “The Happy Whistler” but he also co-wrote the classic country songs “Please Help Me I’m Falling,” “I Really Don’t Want To Know,” “I Don’t Hurt Anymore” and “You’re Free To Go.” Here’s a 1961 RCA Victor single that features Don’s distinctive piano technique. If no one told you otherwise you’d likely think that it was Floyd Cramer!

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