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Elliott Smith

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Portland, United States (1991 – 2003)

Steven Paul “Elliott” Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. His primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, bass, drums and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style characterized by his “whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery” and use of multi-tracking to create vocal harmonies.

After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994 with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars. In 1997 he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to prominence when his song “Miss Misery”, included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1997.

Smith battled with depression, alcoholism and drug addiction for years, and these topics often appeared in his lyrics. At age 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was released posthumously on October 19, 2004.

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  • Bloody-Lunar

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend [∞]

    25 Aug 11:22pm Reply
  • solar_field

    20 Aug 6:20pm Reply
  • sprdnglkwngs

    man some of these comments are so dreadful, elliott's music was sad but it had a sense of humor, too.

    16 Aug 11:15am Reply
  • WhatTheFrack

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend that truly understands misery [8]

    9 Aug 8:12pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    Happy birthday ):

    7 Aug 9:19pm Reply
  • _tigerpants

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend that truly understands misery [7]

    6 Aug 7:12pm Reply
  • Sound_of_love

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend that truly understands misery. [6]

    6 Aug 7:04pm Reply
  • SpankThru23

    Left this Earth way too early. Would've been 45 today, RIP. (3)

    6 Aug 6:37pm Reply
  • D3licateBalance

    Left this Earth way too early. Would've been 45 today, RIP. (2)

    6 Aug 2:40pm Reply
  • diehappyx33

    Elliott's music has a way of making you feel less alone, like he is singing and strumming right there in the room with you, saying, "You're not alone. I feel it all, too." R.I.P. Today would have been his 45th birthday.

    6 Aug 2:35pm Reply
  • AndrewBrannan

    Would've been 45 today, RIP.

    6 Aug 12:41pm Reply
  • cucuia

    yeah because u guys r so miserable right

    2 Aug 6:49pm Reply
  • uweboll

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend that truly understands misery. [5]

    31 Jul 7:10am Reply
  • Bel--

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend that truly understands misery. [4]

    30 Jul 5:16am Reply
  • UrHedaSplode414

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend that truly understands misery. [3]

    27 Jul 7:35pm Reply
  • Hauntier

    An artist has never helped or meant more to me than Elliott Smith has. Can't be more thankful that his music is in my life.

    25 Jul 7:13pm Reply
  • heyjoao

    I can't even describe how much his music is meaning to me. [2]

    23 Jul 1:47pm Reply
  • Harry_01

    I can't even describe how much his music is meaning to me.

    21 Jul 7:35pm Reply
  • FerAnchus

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend that truly understands misery. [2] what a lovely thing to say.

    21 Jul 6:19pm Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend that truly understands misery.

    18 Jul 6:23am Reply
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