Emmy and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger, recognized for his work together with his band Fountains of Wayne and on the TV present “Loopy Ex-Girlfriend,” died Wednesday after contracting the coronavirus.
Schlesinger died at a hospital in upstate New York, his longtime lawyer Josh Grier instructed The Related Press. It isn’t clear the place or how Schlesinger, a 52-year-old father of two daughters, contracted the virus. He had been sedated and on a ventilator for a number of days.
Schlesinger was nominated for 10 Emmys for writing comical songs throughout a number of tv reveals, profitable three.
He was additionally nominated for an Academy Award for writing the title music for the 1997 film “That Factor You Do,” written and directed by Tom Hanks. The snappy pop ditty was the fictional one hit for a Beatles-esque band referred to as the One-ders, later modified to the Wonders, on a label referred to as Playtone, a reputation Hanks adopted for his manufacturing firm.
“There can be no Playtone with out Adam Schlesinger, with out his ‘That Factor You Do!’” Hanks, who’s himself recovering from the coronavirus, stated on Twitter. “He was a One-der. Misplaced him to Covid-19. Terribly unhappy right this moment.”
Raised in New York and Montclair, New Jersey, Schlesinger shaped Fountains of Wayne, named for a garden decoration retailer in Wayne, New Jersey, in 1995 together with his classmate from Williams Faculty in Massachusetts, Chris Collingwood.
With Schlesinger taking part in bass and singing backup and Collingwood taking part in guitar and singing lead, and the 2 males co-writing songs, the band recognized 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 was nominated for a Grammy.
The band was extra New Jersey than New York. Whereas most rock bands dwell for town, Fountains of Wayne and Schlesinger’s writing embraced the suburbs with finely-etched tales of lives like a ground installer who’s satisfied his crush will come again on the lookout for him and a commuter who’s positive about his “Vivid Future in Gross sales.”
“That’s an actual Randy Newman factor,” Schlesinger instructed the AP in 2003. “That’s a trademark of his writing that I used to be all the time amazed by — the kind of unaware narrator, the place you study extra about him than he does himself inside of some verses.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy stated on Twitter that Schlesinger’s loss of life is a “unhappy, unhappy loss for Jersey’s music scene.”
Stephen King, Fran Drescher and plenty of others had been additionally singing his praises on social media.
After Fountains of Wayne’s foremost run was finished, Schlesinger would then drop behind the scenes and go on to be recognized for his writing.
He received the 2009 Grammy for finest comedy album for co-writing with David Javerbaum the songs on “A Colbert Christmas: The Best Reward of All!” a companion to a TV Christmas particular with songs carried out by Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello.
Colbert stated on Twitter Wednesday night time he that he was “so saddened” to study of the loss of life of “an awesome (and affected person) and proficient artist with whom it was my good luck to work.”
In recent times he was recognized together with the present’s star Rachel Bloom as one of many songwriters behind “Loopy Ex-Girlfriend,” the musical comedy collection on the CW.
Final 12 months, Schlesinger, Bloom and Jack Dolgen received an Emmy for the present’s music, “Antidepressants Are So Not A Large Deal.”
Bloom was within the hospital having a child woman whereas Schlesinger was one other hospital throughout the nation with the virus. She stated in an Instagram submit Wednesday that she, her husband and her child had returned dwelling safely nevertheless it had been essentially the most “emotionally intense” week of her life to be having her daughter whereas her “pricey good friend” was struggling 3,000 miles away.
“I’ve a lot to say about Adam Schlesinger that I’m at a whole loss for phrases,” she tweeted Wednesday night time. “He’s irreplaceable.”
Working once more with Javerbaum, Schlesinger received a 2012 Emmy Award for writing the music “It’s Not Only for Gays Anymore,” carried out by Neil Patrick Harris to open the Tony Awards telecast. They wrote one other music for Harris that received them one other Emmy the next 12 months.
This story has been corrected to indicate Schlesinger was 52, not 51.