Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger passes at 52 due to coronavirus complications

Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger passes at 52 due to coronavirus complications

Fountains of Wayne founding member Adam Schlesinger has passed away due to coronavirus complications. He was 52.

According to a statement from his family, the Emmy award-winning singer-songwriter/bassist behind the iconic hits 'That Thing You Do' from the 1996 film of the same name, 'Stacy's Mom,' and the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend soundtrack died at a hospital in New York after two weeks under a ventilator.

Numerous artists inspired and influenced by Schlesinger took to social media to express their grief. One of them being Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba, who wrote, "I am grasping for the right words. My dear friend Adam Schlesinger has passed away from COVID-19. You know him best through his music (...) I knew him best as a mentor, and a friend. We must take this seriously. People are sick and dying. It is hard to stay locked indoors but lives will be saved. Take care of each other. Rest In Peace, my dear friend."

Tom Hanks, who directed That Thing You Do! wrote, "There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today."

Acclaimed music producer Jack Antonoff, who's worked with the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Lana Del Rey shared, "Adam Schlesinger took pop music writing to its classiest and most untouchable place. An honor to live at the same time he made his work."

Pay tribute to Schlesinger's legacy by checking out some of his biggest contributions to music below.


'That Thing You Do' - The Wonders (1996)

Schlesinger wrote the hit song for the movie-made band The Wonders. 'That Thing You Do' started out as a creative exercise for Schlesinger after hearing about the film from his publisher Polygram. It received nominations for Best Original Song at the 69th Academy Awards and 54th Golden Globe Awards.

'Stacy's Mom' - Fountains of Wayne (2003)

The Grammy-nominated single for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (2004) was Fountains of Wayne's highest-charting hit. It was inspired by a childhood friend of Schlesinger's who thought that his grandmother was hot.

'Way Back Into Love' - Hugh Grant and Haley Bennett (2007)

Schlesinger continued to share his contributions to music and film with 'Way Back Into Love' for the romantic comedy Music & Lyrics, starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.

'Messing With My Head' - Tinted Windows (2009)

American supergroup Tinted Windows, which Schlesinger formed with Hanson’s Taylor Hanson on lead vocals, Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha on guitars, former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, and Adam on bass, brought the acts from different spectrums of pop and rock music together. They released their first and only eponymous album in 2009.

'Settle For Me' - Santino Fontana (2015)

'Settle For Me' appears on the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend soundtrack and was co-written by actress and producer Rachel Bloom. The romantic musical comedy-drama TV series won Schlesinger his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics (2016) and his second in 2019 for 'Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal.' Schlesinger also won Original Main Title Theme Music in 2016 and 2019.