Award winning musician and composer Adam Schlesinger died April 1 in Poughkeepsie, New York at the age of 52 as a result of complications from the Covid-19 virus.

The Fountains of Wayne bass player is best known for the song “Stacy’s Mom”, Schlesinger penned music for Broadway and television.

Along with the scores for “Cry Baby”and “An Act of God”, Schlesinger composed music for the upcoming “The Bedwetter” and “The Nanny”. He also co-wrote the opening number for the 2011 Tony Award ceremonies titled “It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore”.

While he was best known as a bass player and backup singer for Fountains of Wayne; Schlesinger was also an accomplished composer whose credits include music and themes songs for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, ”Supermoobs”, “T.U.F.F. Puppy”, “The Haunted Hathaways”, “Sarah Silverman’s Perfect Night”, “Wedding Band”, “Kathy”, “Big Time Rush”, “Damsels in Distress”, “Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education”, “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!”, “Crank Yankers”, “Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse” and “Saturday Night Live”, “Too Late with Adam Carolla”, “My Kind of Town”, “Howard Stern” and “The Howard Stern Radio Show”, “In-Laws”, “Shallow Hat”, “David Blaine: Magic Man”, That Thing You Do”, “The Dana Carvey Show”, and “House of Buggin’”.

His accomplishments include three Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award for the comdey album “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” with songwriting partner David Javerbaum for penning the music on the album.

Naming the band for a lawn ornament store in New Jersey, Schlesinger and college mate Chris Collingwood formed the band Fountains of Wayne in 1995. He was also a part of the bands Tainted Windows and Ivy.

Adam Lyons Schlesinger was born October 31, 1967 in New York City, After growing up in New York and New Jersey, he attended Williams College.

Schlesinger is survived by his ex-wife Katherine and two daughters.


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