Tom Hanks Pays Tribute To Adam Schlesinger, 'That Thing You Do!' Songwriter
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.
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.
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.
Coronavirus: Tom Hanks remembers Adam Schlesinger
There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today. Hanx— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 2, 2020
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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I remember the day all the Oneders, @LivTyler and @tomhanks sat in a room and played about 6 submitted tracks from different bands for That Thing You Do. When we heard Adam Schlesinger's cassette it was instantly clear which track we would need to learn.— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) April 2, 2020
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.