Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of the power-pop group Fountains of Wayne died Wednesday from complications related to coronavirus.
Schelsinger’s lawyer, Josh Grier, confirmed the musician’s death. Schlesinger was tested positive for COVID-19 in March and was placed on a ventilator.
Fountains of Wayne released five albums between 1996 and 2011 and during the same period, Schlesinger released six albums with his other group, Ivy while building a portfolio of TV and film music.
His first hit came in 1996, but it was a song engineered to sound like it was actually from the Sixties –That Thing You Do. The track served as the sole hit for the Wonders, the fake band at the center of Tom Hanks’ film of the same name. The track charted well and earned Schlesinger an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
Seven years later, Schlesinger and FoW had a career-defining hit with Stacy’s Mom.
Schlesinger continued to write extensively for film, television, and theater writing original songs for the 2001 remake of Josie and the Pussycats and the 2007 Drew Barrymore/Hugh Grant rom-com Music and Lyrics; he wrote eight songs for Stephen Colbert’s 2008 Colbert Report holiday special, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!; he earned a Tony nomination for co-writing the score for the 2008 Broadway musical Cry-Baby, based on the John Waters film of the same name; and he received back-to-back Emmys in 2012 and 2013 for original songs he wrote for the Tonys, It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore and If I Had Time.
Schlesinger also served as a composer and executive music producer for the CW’s hit musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, ultimately earning his third Emmy for the Season Four song, Anti-Depressants are So Not a Big Deal.
Adam Schlesinger was 52.
(via Rolling Stone)