Dave Greenfield, Stranglers keyboardist dies of Covid-19
Dave Greenfield that was for 45 years the keyboardist of United Kingdom punk band The Stranglers died in may 3 at the age of 71. The cause of his death was Covid-19.
An statement on The Stranglers website talked about Dave Greenfield death:
“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.”
“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. Also 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”
“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. So, 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.” – 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. So our thoughts are with Pam at this sad time” – Sil Willcox”
“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”
David Paul Greenfield was born on March 29, 1949. He got in the Stranglers in 1975. There are countless decisive contributions, like in songs of Stranglers already immortalized as the baroque ‘Golden Brown’ or ‘Always the Sun’. Even during the most combative phase of punk, it’s sound made a difference to the music of the band.