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Adam Schlesinger

Musician Adam Schlesinger

Adam Lyons Schlesinger was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He won three Emmys, a Grammy, and the ASCAP Pop Music Award, and was nominated for Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe Awards.

He was a founding member of the bands Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, and Tinted Windows, and was a key songwriting contributor and producer for Brooklyn-based synth-pop duo Fever High. Schlesinger grew up in Manhattan and Montclair, New Jersey.

Early life

Schlesinger grew up in Manhattan and Montclair, New Jersey, and he attended Montclair High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in philosophy.

Schlesinger was a cousin of Jon Bernthal, an actor known for his roles as Shane Walsh on the television series The Walking Dead and The Punisher/Frank Castle in Netflix’s Daredevil and The Punisher. He was the grandson of Murray Bernthal (1911–2010), a musician and producer who was long active in Syracuse, New York.

Songwriting

Film

In addition to writing and co-producing the title song to That Thing You Do!, Schlesinger composed “Master of the Seas” for Ice Age: Continental Drift performed by Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage and others. He wrote and produced three songs for Music and Lyrics, and his music has also been featured in films such as Shallow Hal (which he scored with Ivy); Robots; There’s Something About Mary; Me, Myself & Irene; Josie and the Pussycats; Scary Movie; Art School Confidential; Fever Pitch; The Manchurian Candidate; Because of Winn-Dixie; Orange County; Two Weeks Notice, and others.

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Personal life

On January 30, 1999, Schlesinger married Katherine Michel, a graphic designer and Yale graduate. They met in 1996 at WXOU Radio Bar, a bar that Schlesinger used to frequent with Fountains of Wayne co-founder Chris Collingwood when they were starting the band. They divorced in 2013. Schlesinger and Michel have two daughters, Sadie and Claire.

Death

On April 1, 2020, Schlesinger died at a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, at the age of 52 as a result of health complications caused by COVID-19, amid a pandemic of the disease in the state. He had been hospitalized and placed on a ventilator two weeks before his death.

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