We’ve received sad news of the death of Edward Greenfield, two days before his 87th birthday.
Ted was music critic on the Guardian for 30 years (1964-1993) and senior reviewer on Gramophone magazine for longer still. His agreeable, authoritative, unfailingly gentle style gave him huge industry clout; one DG executive told me, only half in jest, that Ted sold more records than most of their artists.
A former political correspondent, he maintained a stubborn admiration for Edward Heath, the most lamentably awful of British prime ministers, and a failed musician to boot.
Once, over a long cool drink in Salzburg, I asked Ted for his critical values.
‘Well, you see, Norman,’ he beamed, ‘I never like to write anything bad about anyone.’
‘Er, Ted, so why did you become a music critic?’
‘Because I do like listening to the stuff.’
photo (c) Lucinda Douglas-Menzies
First tribute here.