Arthur Greenslade

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Arthur Greenslade (4 May 1923  – 27 November 2003) was a British conductor and arranger for films and television, as well as for a number of performers. He was most musically active in the 1960s and 1970s.[1]

Greenslade was born in Northfleet, Kent. In the 1950s, he was pianist and arranger with the Oscar Rabin Band.[1] He arranged for Jack Jones, Chris Farlowe, Serge Gainsbourg, Genesis, Cat Stevens, Diana Ross, Dusty Springfield, The Bachelors and Kinderjazz.[1] For Shirley Bassey, he arranged "Goldfinger" and "Send in the Clowns". He has conducted orchestras in the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and was Bassey's musical director.[1][2]

With Andrew Oldham he wrote "Headlines", the B-side of "Ride On Baby" (IM 038), by Chris Farlowe, which was released in 1966.[3]

Greenslade also conducted some easy listening recordings. He conducted the orchestra for Rod McKuen's first television special, which aired on NBC in May 1969.[1][4] He also arranged Ireland's 1973 Eurovision Song Contest entry, "Do I Dream", sung by Maxi. Perhaps most famously, he arranged the 1969 hit single "Je T'Aime ... Moi Non Plus" by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin.[5]

Greenslade died, aged 80, in Sydney, Australia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bruce Eder. "Arthur Greenslade | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  2. ^ "THE BASSEY BLOG | Unofficial Dame Shirley Bassey News and Features". Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  3. ^ "Chris Farlowe - Ride On Baby (Vinyl) at Discogs". 1966-10-27. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  4. ^ TV GUIDE, Carolina-Tennessee Edition, 10–16 May 1969, p A-10.
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