It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of Fountains Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger. He died Wednesday April 1, 2020 due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 52 years old.
“We are devastated by the sudden passing of Adam,” said Billy Maupin, General Manager of Yep Roc Records. “We were fortunate enough to get to know and work with him over the years and found him to be uniquely talented. As a musician, Adam breathed rarefied air – having been nominated for an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony and yet he was one of the most down to earth musicians. Yep Roc extends its sincerest sympathies to his family, friends, and fans around the world.”
Formed in New York in 1996, Fountains Of Wayne released 5 albums over their 15 year career. They reached their greatest commercial success with 2003’s Welcome Interstate Managers, which earned them Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group (for “Stacy’s Mom”). Their final studio album, 2011’s Sky Full of Holes, was released in North America on Yep Roc Records.
A legendary pop collaborator, Adam was also known for writing music for TV, film and theatre. He was nominated for both an Oscar and Golden Globe in 1997 for writing the title track of That Thing You Do, the Tom Hanks-directed film. His work on the beloved TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, earned him one of his three Emmy awards. His final work, a co-written staged musical with Sarah Silverman, was set to begin performances Off-Broadway this Spring.
Adam’s artistry and influence touched countless creatives across the entertainment industry and music fans across the world. We send our love + condolences to his family, friends and fans.
Rest In Peace, Adam.