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Tom Hanks Pays Tribute To Adam Schlesinger, 'That Thing You Do!' Songwriter

"The Wonders" play in That Thing You Do! (1996) musical comedy movie.
April 2, 2020 - 19:29 / Lucas Anderson

The stars are remembering Adam Schlesinger. The musician passed away from complications of COVID-19 on April 1. See Tom Hanks and Ethan Embry pay tribute to the "That Thing You Do!" songwriter below.

Adam Schlesinger died from coronavirus complications on April 1. He was 52-years-old. The musician was known as a founding member of Fountains of Wayne, which had the hit song "Stacy's Mom."

Schlesinger also made notable contributions as a songwriter for other artists and films. Among his most celebrated accomplishments was writing the title theme song for That Thing You Do!, the 1996 musical comedy film directed by Tom Hanks.

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne performs at the Coachella Music Festival in 2007.

Schlesinger wrote and submitted the track "That Thing You Do" for the film. It was selected as the "one-hit wonder" track for the band in the film of the same title.

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That Thing You Do! was Tom Hanks's directorial debut about the rise and fall of a 1960s pop band called "The Wonders." He also appeared in the film as the band's manager. Hanks later named his film production company, Playtone, after the record label in the film.

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Actor Ethan Embry, who portrayed the bass player in "The Wonders," also shared the story of when the cast first heard Schlesinger's song for "That Thing You Do."

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Hanks and Embry shared their tributes late on Wednesday evening. Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, are also now home in the United States after battling the coronavirus themselves in Australia. They're reportedly "feeling better" now. 

Sadly, Schlesinger died from complications of the disease on Wednesday. 

Adam Schlesinger's "That Thing You Do" in the 1996 Tom Hanks movie