Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger dies of COVID-19

The band are best known for their 2003 hit “Stacy’s Mom.”

Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger has died of COVID-19. He was 52.

Schlesinger died of coronavirus complications on Wednesday, April 1. Per Rolling Stone, he had been hospitalised in March and was put on a ventilator and heavily sedated. Fountains of Wayne have yet to officially comment on Schlesinger’s passing, though his lawyer confirmed the news to RS.

Schlesinger co-founded Fountains of Wayne with Chris Collingwood in 1996. The power pop band debuted that year with their self-titled album, and landed a hit record with 2003’s Welcome Interstate Managers, which was led by their global hit song “Stacy’s Mom.” Their last record was 2011’s Sky Full of Holes; Fountains of Wayne split after that release.


Besides Fountains of Wayne, Schlesinger was also a member of the bands Ivy and Tinted Windows, and also wrote and produced for synth pop duo Fever High. He had extensive experience composing for film, theater and television, working on the likes of John Waters’ Cry-Baby, the Tom Hanks film That Thing You Do! and much more.

Schlesinger is just one of several musicians who have died of COVID-19, including jazz musicians Mike Longo and Manu Dibango (the latter of “Soul Makossa” fame).

RIP, Adam Schlesinger. Revisit Fountains of Wayne’s self-titled debut here:


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