Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Adam Schlesinger, a musician and songwriter highly regarded for his work as a member of Fountains of Wayne and an Emmy-winning songwriter for TV's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has died as a result of coronavirus complications, Variety has confirmed. He was 52. An EGOT contender, Schlesinger has been nominated for Oscars, Tonys, Grammys and Emmys and won the latter two awards. His lone Grammy win, though, came for best comedy album for his work on "A Stephen Colbert Christmas."
Fountains of Wayne, the band he co-founded with Chris Collingwood, earned two Grammy nominations in 2003, for best new artist (many years after the band's actual 1996 recording debut) and for best pop performance by a group for the Top 40 single "Stacy's Mom," a cheeky MTV staple that became the band's biggest hit.
His Oscar nomination in 1997 was for writing the theme song for the Tom Hanks-directed film "That Thing You Do!," one of his first successful forays outside the realm of his own music-making with Fountains of Wayne.
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