David Paul Greenfield was a member of the rock band The Stranglers who was an English keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter. He was born on 29 March, 1949, Brighton, United Kingdom. He was born in Brighton’s south shore seaside resort. Greenfield was performing in the local progressive rock band ‘Rusty Butler’ before the Stranglers.
Dave Greenfield Career
His sound and play style, especially on the debut album of The Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus, has often been compared with that of Ray Manzarek of the Doors. The analogy was also made by Jean-Jacques Burnel at the start of the Stranglers, who said at the time that Greenfield had not heard of the Doors. He is also noted for his style of playing short arpeggios as a trademark. His distinctive sound on the early recordings of Stranglers included the use of Hohner Cembalet (model N), Hammond L-100 electric organ, a Minimoog synthesizer, and later a polyphonic synthesizer from Oberheim FVS-4.
It was a piece of music composed by Greenfield during recording for The Meninblack, which was rejected by other members of The Stranglers, which was later adapted by Hugh Cornwell to their greatest hit “Golden Brown,” although the band itself did not initially see this as a possible single. The single has also received an Ivor Novello award, in addition to its chart success.
Greenfield has used a Korg VC-10 vocoder on albums The Raven, Gospel According to Meninblack and Aural Sculpture. Notable examples of this include “Genetix” while accompanying his own vocal and the segment “Gene Control” under the monolog of Hugh Cornwell, “Baroque Bordello” at the end of the album, and “North Winds.”
In 1981 Greenfield produced the band Boys in Darkness’ single “Back to France.”
In 1983, Greenfield and fellow-Strangler Jean-Jacques Burnel released a joint album, Fire and Water (Ecoutez Vos Murs), which was used as the soundtrack for Vincent Coudanne’s film, Ecoutez vos murs.
Dave Greenfield Cause Of Death
On 3 May, 2020, Greenfield died after a lengthy hospital stay for heart complications, during which he tested positive for COVID-19.
The bass player Stranglers Jean-Jacques “JJ” Burnel paid tribute as a “musical genius” to Greenfield.
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.
Drummer Jet Black Said:
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.
— The Stranglers Site (@StranglersSite) May 4, 2020