British punk band’s website has announced that the 71-year-old man died on Sunday after contracting COVID-19[female[feminine during a long stay in the hospital for heart problems.
Greenfield, originally from Brighton, wrote the music for the group’s biggest success, Golden Brown.
Her group mates initially dismissed the song as unsuitable for a single, but later enjoyed huge success and won the group an Ivor Novello award.
Bassist Jean-Jacques “JJ” Burnel paid tribute to Greenfield as a “musical genius” who “died as one of the victims of the Great Pandemic of 2020”.
On the group’s website, he honored Greenfield as his “45-year-old great friend and colleague,” adding, “We all in the Stranglers family around the world weep and offer our sincere condolences to [his wife] Pam. “
Hugh Cornwall, the band’s former singer, said on Twitter that “Greenfield’s musical skills and gentle nature gave the band an interesting twist” and that he “should be remembered as the man who gave to the world the music of Golden Brown ”.
Greenfield was known for his distinctive sound and playing style, using instruments such as the harpsichord and the Hammond electric organ.
He joined the group in 1975, which later became one of the most innovative in the British punk explosion in the late 1970s.
He had recently postponed a farewell tour from this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Greenfield is survived by his wife Pam.