Floyd-Cramer

Crazy
Patsy Cline
Crazy

Patsy Cline - Crazy

Patsy Cline almost lost her life in a car crash in June, 1961. The recovery was difficult but she and her producer Owen Bradley were eager to follow up on her hit, “I Fall To Pieces”. Hugh Nelson, a scuffling songwriter, pitched “Crazy” to her husband in a bar. He took the demo home but Patsy hated it and said she couldn’t sing before and behind the beat like Hugh (later known as Willie). Bradley, however, saw its potential and recast it in the ballad form we all know. The recording session featured pianist Floyd Cramer and Elvis’s backup singers, The Jordanaires. But things did not go well as Patsy struggled for four hours with a song she did not like and with fractured ribs not healed from the accident two months ago. Bradley decided to call it a night and overdub Patsy in the future. 

One week later she returned and nailed the vocal in one take.

Last Date
Floyd Cramer
Last Date

Floyd Cramer - Last Date (c.1961)

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. - wikipedia.org

How to play Last Date on the piano: 

You Made Me Love You
Patsy Cline & The Jordanaires
You Made Me Love You

Patsy Cline feat. The Jordanaires - You Made Me Love You

Recorded February 12, 1962

I think we can all agree that another Patsy Cline song has been long overdue. So here she is back from a long hiatus singing a classic Judy Garland song. Enjoy!

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Band Members:

  • Patsy Cline - Vocals
  • The Jordanaires - Backup Vocals
  • Randy Hughes - Guitar
  • Grady Martin - Elec. Guitar
  • Ray Edenton - Ryth. Guitar
  • Walter Haynes - Steel Guitar
  • Floyd Cramer - Piano
  • William Pursell - Organ
  • Harold Bradley - Keyboard
  • Bob Moore - Bass
  • Buddy Harman - Drums

Lyrics:

You made me love you
I didn’t wanna do it
I didn’t wanna do it
You made me want you

And all the time you knew it
I guess you always knew it
You made me happy

Sometimes you made me glad
But there were times
You made me feel so bad

You made me sigh for
I didn’t wanna tell you
I didn’t wanna tell you

I want some love
That’s true, yes, I do
‘Deed I do, you know I do

Give me, give me what I cry for
You know you got the brand of kisses
That I die for
You know you made me love you

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Big record find from a couple months ago at a flea market: The Greatest Country Music Recordings of All Time by the Franklin Mint; a 50-box, 100-LP set with extensive liner notes. Goes from the earliest recordings through the early 80s. 

Best of all, it didn’t break my rule of only buying $2 records. Got the whole set for $100. Heckuva deal!

Found someone who annotated some of the details if you’re interested:

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Floyd Cramer - On The Rebound

This song will forever be one of my favourites. Used perfectly in the opening credits of An Education (another of my favourites)

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All right, last one - no, for just today, you’re not that lucky.

Moving ahead a year to 1960 and “Last Date” by Floyd Cramer.  This used to be very popular as a slow one at the school dances.

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Legendary piano player Floyd Cramer covered “Papa Gene’s Blues” on his 1967 album Floyd Cramer Plays The Monkees.