British punk keyboard player Dave Greenfield died May 3, 2020 as a result of complications from the Covid-19 virus at the age of 71. After being admitted to the hospital for heart issues, Greenfield was diagnosed with the virus on April 26.

Greenfield was the keyboard player for the band The Stranglers and wrote the music for the band’s biggest hit song, the Ivor Novello award winning “Golden Brown”. His playing style included the harpsichord and the Hammond electric organ.

The band originally called themselves The Guildford Stranglers when they formed in 1974 but a year later shortened the name to simply The Stranglers.

A longtime member of the band, Greenfield joined in 1975. Often singing backup vocals, Greenfield sang lead on the songs “Dead Ringer”, “Do You Wanna?”, “Genetix”, and “Four Horsemen”.

After over 40 years of making music, The Stranglers had planned a farewell tour this year which was put on hold due to the global pandemic.

He was born on March 29, 1949 in Brighton, England.

Greenfield is survived by his wife, Pam.

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