Emmy and Grammy winning musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger, identified for his band Fountains of Wayne and his songwriting on the TV indicate “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has died from coronavirus at age 52


ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Creator

April 2, 2020, 3: 15 AM

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Emmy and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger, identified for his work along with his band Fountains of Wayne and on the TV indicate “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died Wednesday after contracting the coronavirus.

Schlesinger died at a correctly being center in upstate Original York, his longtime lawyer Josh Grier told The Associated Press. It’s miles no longer clear the place or how Schlesinger, a 52-Three hundred and sixty five days-old father of two daughters, shrunk the virus. He had been sedated and on a ventilator for diverse days.

Schlesinger became nominated for 10 Emmys for writing silly songs all the plot in which thru diverse television exhibits, winning three.

He became also nominated for an Academy Award for writing the title tune for the 1997 movie “That Thing You Produce,“ written and directed by Tom Hanks. The snappily pop ditty became the fictional one hit for a Beatles-esque band called the One-ders, later modified to the Wonders, on a designate called Playtone, a title Hanks adopted for his manufacturing company.

“There would possibly be no Playtone with out Adam Schlesinger, with out his ‘That Thing You Produce!’” Hanks, who is himself recuperating from the coronavirus, acknowledged on Twitter. “He became a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad on the present time.”

Raised in Original York and Montclair, Original Jersey, Schlesinger fashioned Fountains of Wayne, named for a lawn ornament store in Wayne, Original Jersey, in 1995 along with his classmate from Williams College in Massachusetts, Chris Collingwood.

With Schlesinger playing bass and singing backup and Collingwood playing guitar and singing lead, and the 2 men co-writing songs, the band identified for its sunny harmonies and synthesis of pop, rock punk and comedy would have hits in 1996 with “Radiation Vibe” and 2003 with “Stacy’s Mother.“ The latter became nominated for a Grammy.

The band became extra Original Jersey than Original York. Whereas most rock bands live for the metropolis, Fountains of Wayne and Schlesinger’s writing embraced the suburbs with finely-etched tales of lives cherish a floor installer who’s tickled his crush will come reduction purchasing for him and a commuter who’s sure about his “Brilliant Future in Gross sales.”

„That’s an genuine Randy Newman thing,“ Schlesinger told the AP in 2003. “That’s a trademark of his writing that I became continually amazed by — the kind of unaware narrator, the place you study extra about him than he does himself internal of some verses.”

Original Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy acknowledged on Twitter that Schlesinger’s death is a “sad, sad loss for Jersey’s song scene.”

Stephen King, Fran Drescher and plenty others were also singing his praises on social media.

After Fountains of Wayne’s vital bound became accomplished, Schlesinger would then fall within the help of the scenes and scamper on to be identified for his writing.

He gained the 2009 Grammy for handiest comedy album for co-writing with David Javerbaum the songs on “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” a partner to a TV Christmas special with songs performed by Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello.

Colbert acknowledged on Twitter Wednesday night he that he became “so saddened” to study of the death of “a nice (and affected person) and talented artist with whom it became my gorgeous good fortune to work.”

In contemporary years he became identified along with the indicate’s big title Rachel Bloom as one amongst the songwriters within the help of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” the musical comedy collection on the CW.

Final Three hundred and sixty five days, Schlesinger, Bloom and Jack Dolgen gained an Emmy for the indicate’s tune, “Antidepressants Are So No longer A Expansive Deal.“

Bloom became within the correctly being center having a toddler girl whereas Schlesinger became one other correctly being center all the plot in which thru the nation with the virus. She acknowledged in an Instagram put up Wednesday that she, her husband and her toddler had returned home safely nonetheless it had been the most „emotionally intense“ week of her life to be having her daughter whereas her “dear friend” became suffering 3,000 miles away.

“I even have so powerful to advise about Adam Schlesinger that I am at a total loss for phrases,” she tweeted Wednesday night. “He is irreplaceable.”

Working yet again with Javerbaum, Schlesinger gained a 2012 Emmy Award for writing the tune “Or no longer it is No longer Precise for Gays Anymore,” performed by Neil Patrick Harris to commence the Tony Awards telecast. They wrote one other tune for Harris that gained them one other Emmy the next Three hundred and sixty five days.


This story has been corrected to indicate Schlesinger became 52, no longer 51.

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