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RIP Dave Greenfield 1949-2020

Roger Bowie

Wow, I am so saddened to hear of Dave Greenfield's passing. Yet so glad I got to see him earlier this year and briefly met him after the show. We talked about his special act of sculling a glass of red wine in one hand while completing a solo with the other. " Been doing it a long time, mate" was his explanation. 

Here's what the BBC has said:

The Stranglers keyboard player Dave Greenfield has died at the age of 71 after testing positive for Covid-19 Greenfield died on Sunday having contracted the virus after a prolonged stay in hospital for heart problems. He penned the band's biggest hit, Golden Brown, a song about heroin, which went to number two on the UK singles chart in 1982. The Stranglers bass player Jean-Jacques "JJ" Burnel paid tribute to Greenfield as a "musical genius". 

He said: "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 [Greenfield's wife] Pam."

Drummer Jet Black added: "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." 

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Written By: Roger Bowie Roger Bowie has been collecting music since 1964, starting with 45 rpm singles, and then building an LP and CD collection from 1970. 1.8 per week since then. Not a vast collection, but eclectic and occasionally obscure. Roger is a big Americana fan, and regularly attends AmericanaFest in Nashville, held every September. Also, he once played golf with Alice Cooper...