On April 1, we learned the tragic news that Adam Schlesinger had passed away due to coronavirus. Schlesinger was more than just a founding member of Fountains Of Wayne. He was a Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated songwriter and producer that impacted so many lives for the better.
Now, those who Schlesinger impacted are posting touching tributes to the late musician. The like us Tom Hanks, Dashboard Confessional, Frank Iero, Miley Cyrus, James Gunn, Counting Crows and more have all honored Adam Schlesinger.
On April 1, Adam Schlesinger passed away from complications related to his COVID-19 coronavirus diagnosis at the age of 52.
The iconic musician was a founding member of Fountains of Wayne, best known for their smash-hit “Stacy’s Mom.”
The band formed in 1995 and became inactive in 2013.
Adam Schlesinger also formed Ivy and Tinted Windows. He was also a prolific songwriter, having won three Emmy’s and a Grammy for his work in film and theater.
His music has also appeared in films such as There’s Something About Mary, Because Of Winn-Dixie, Scary Movie and more.
He was also nominated for numerous Tony Awards as well as a 1997 Oscar nomination. The Oscar nomination came for co-writing the theme song for the Tom Hanks-directed film That Thing You Do!. This was one of his earliest musical successes following Fountains Of Wayne. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe at that time.
A storied career earned Adam Schlesinger much praise and recognition during his lifetime, and now, those who knew and worked with him are remembering him in some very touching posts. See them below.
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. Hanx
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 2, 2020
and most famously That Thing You Do. 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. -Chris
— Dashboard Confessional (@dashboardmusic) April 1, 2020
RIP Adam https://t.co/qN9lbBSo9e
— frnkiero: Party (goth) Dad (@FrankIero) April 2, 2020
Miley Cyrus posted the Fountains of Wayne song she was listening to with a broken heart.
I was a huge Fountains of Wayne fan, and I just found out about the passing of Adam Schlesinger. Heartbreaking.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 1, 2020
Fuck. The world is suddenly a much shittier place without Adam Schlesinger in it. RIP pal. October 31, 1967-April 1, 2020
“What else is new?
What can I do?
But sing this valley winter song
I wrote for you” – Fountains of Wayne 2003
— Counting Crows (@CountingCrows) April 2, 2020
We'll miss you, Adam Schlesinger! Thank you for all the great music. https://t.co/t0tGUG3wvE
— New Found Glory (@newfoundglory) April 2, 2020
Rest in peace to Adam Schlesinger. LOOK HIM UP. An incredible songwriter and musician. He won three Emmys, a Grammy, and the ASCAP Pop Music Award, and was nominated for Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe Awards. His music will live on forever. This virus is insane and just not fair.
— SWMRS (@swmrs) April 2, 2020
Bleak, bleak news. Adam Schlesinger. Bona fide genius and lovely person. Gold and silver.
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) April 2, 2020
This one hurts. Our friend and producer of Even If It Kills Me, the tremendously talented Adam Schlesinger, passed away today due to complications from Coronavirus. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
— MotionCitySoundtrack (@MotionCityMusic) April 2, 2020
I’m so saddened to hear of the death of Adam Schlesinger due to Covid19. From the Dana Carvey show to A Colbert Christmas Special, he was a great (and patient) and talented artist with whom it was my good luck to work. Peace.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 2, 2020
I am very sorry to hear the terrible news about Adam Schlesinger. I had the pleasure of working with Adam when he wrote the theme to Crank Yankers. He was a kind and super-talented man who will be missed. Sending love to his family, friends and fans.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 1, 2020
RIP Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), fine singer, witty and satiric songwriter. How terrible to lose him at 52 to this virus.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 2, 2020
For those of you who know my life as a songwriter- Adam Schlesinger’s career was always a big source of inspiration for me. He had a lyrical cheekiness that was only matched by his expert understanding of form, and was always able to fuse the two in a really fun, accessible way..
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) April 1, 2020
Adam Schlesinger was one talented man and the world will be a less tuneful place without him. I wrote a few songs with him when I was living in New York and he had a brilliant gift for melody. ♥️Love and healing to his family #AdamSchlesinger pic.twitter.com/EPBaIj6J4r
— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) April 1, 2020
See more: In memoriam: Musicians we lost in 2019