Responding to news stories today reporting that Adam Schlesinger is seriously ill, his Fountains of Wayne partner, Chris Collingwood, has shared a message from Schlesinger’s family on his own Facebook page.
“Thank you for the outpouring of love for Adam and his family. Adam has been hospitalized with COVID-19. He’s on a ventilator and has been sedated to facilitate his recovery. He is receiving excellent care, his condition is improving and we are cautiously optimistic. His family appreciates all of the love and support.”
Schlesinger, who grew up in Montclair and New York, has also been a member of the bands Ivy and Tinted Windows, and writes and produces for the duo Fever High. He has been nominated for Grammys (as a member of Fountains of Wayne), as well as an Oscar (for writing the title song of the movie “That Thing You Do!”) and Tonys (for his work on “Cry-Baby”).
Fountains of Wayne was named for the now defunct store on Route 46 in Wayne that sold lawn ornaments, and released five critically acclaimed albums between 1996 and 2011. The group had a major hit in 2003 with “Stacy’s Mom,” which Schlesinger and Collingwood co-wrote.
Fountains of Wayne has been inactive since 2013.
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