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Dave Greenfield: Keyboardist who defined the sound of The Stranglers

  • Dave Greenfield, who has died aged 71 from complications involving Covid-19, was the keyboardist in British punk rock band The Stranglers. Greenfield’s distinctive, melodic keyboards helped the band achieve more than 30 UK top 50 singles and 17 top 40 albums while ensuring they sounded nothing like their contemporaries.The Stranglers went through several line-up changes over their 46-year existence, with Greenfield remaining a mainstay: the band had organised a farewell tour this spring only for the pandemic’s onset to cause its postponement.

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