From Stranglers Facebook we can read this very, very sad news,
«We are deeply and profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of keyboard legend Dave Greenfield on the evening of 3rd May 2020. Following a stay in hospital for heart problems, Dave tested positive for the Covid-19 virus last Sunday but he sadly lost his battle last night. Dave had been an ever present in the band since joining in late 1975 and his keyboard wizardry was world-renowned over his 45 year career in The Stranglers. Dave was a lovable, friendly and eccentric character who always had time to chat».
My statement, «A very, very sad news to hear that David Paul Greenfield had passed away. I grew up with Stranglers and was and is a big fan. R.I.P. David Paul Greenfield». The track Golden Brown,
We have received the following tributes from Dave’s fellow band members JJ, Jet and Baz as well as Sil the band’s manager:
«On the evening of Sunday May 3rd my great friend and longstanding colleague of 45 years, the musical genius that was Dave Greenfield, passed away as one of the victims of the Great Pandemic of 2020. All of us in the worldwide Stranglers’ family grieve and send our sincerest condolences to Pam». – JJ Burnel
«We have just lost a dear friend and music genius, and so has the whole world. Dave was a complete natural in music. Together, we toured the globe endlessly and it was clear he was adored by millions. A huge talent, a great loss, he is dearly missed». – Jet Black
The track Always The Sun,
«We lost a true innovator, musical legend, and one of my dearest friends today. The word genius is bandied around far too easily in this day and age, but Dave Greenfield certainly was one. We stood together on the same side of the stage for 20 years, laughed, joked and shared our lives in the way that only band mates can. I’ll miss him forever. Our thoughts and hearts are with his wife Pam, and to the millions of fans who worshipped at his altar, he’ll never be equalled«C». – Baz Warne
«We are all in shock, Dave was a kind, generous soul who had time for anyone and everyone and it has been my privilege to have known him as both a close friend, his tech and manager for over 40 years. Our thoughts are with Pam at this sad time» – Sil Willcox
The more rock track Peaches,
«He is survived by his wife Pam and we ask you to respect Pam’s privacy at this very sad time. Fly straight Mr G, fond adieu xx. Please leave any messages of condolences below and we will pass them on…. »
The Stranglers are an English rock band who emerged via the punk rock scene. Scoring some 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning four decades, the Stranglers are one of the longest-surviving and most continuously successful bands to have originated in the UK punk scene.
The band was formed as the Guildford Stranglers on 11 September 1974 in Guildford, Surrey they originally built a following within the mid-1970s pub rock scene. While their aggressive, no-compromise attitude had them identified by the media with the emerging UK punk rock scene that followed, their idiosyncratic approach rarely followed any single musical genre, and the group went on to explore a variety of musical styles, from new wave, art rock and gothic rock through the sophisti-pop of some of their 1980s output.
Stranglers had major mainstream success with the three above mentioned track but also with Skin Deep,
Prominent in the early Stranglers sound is Jean-Jacques Burnel’s melodic bass. Burnel gave as the nice and clever musician he is the oppurtunity to let Dave Greenfield’s keyboards shine. Their early music was also characterized by the growling vocals and sometimes misanthropic lyrics of both Burnel and Hugh Cornwell. Over time, their output gradually grew more refined and sophisticated. Summing up their contribution to popular music, critic Dave Thompson later wrote: «From bad-mannered yobs to purveyors of supreme pop delicacies, the group was responsible for music that may have been ugly and might have been crude – but it was never, ever boring». The track No More Heroes,