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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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  • katyapanterowa

    With great pleasure I listen to songs of this performer. He excellently improvises with sounding of the voice in a combination with the most background melody.

    29 Jul 9:30am Reply
  • LiMachado_

    te amo bb

    29 Jul 2:42am Reply
  • DaniCostas

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend. [17 ]

    28 Jul 1:17am Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend. [16]

    26 Jul 3:27am Reply
  • seyma__

    Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith, I really, really want to give you guys a hug, assuring both of you that everything's gonna be alright even if one of you is not with us anymore. Both breaking my heart lately. ps. Elliott is always there when you need a friend. [15]

    23 Jul 9:48pm Reply
  • jake__m

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend. [14]

    22 Jul 3:34pm Reply
  • Harry_01

    The self-titled album was released 20 years ago yesterday. A classic in my opinion.

    22 Jul 12:33pm Reply
  • splitandrelease

    A discography so solid that you don't even need to listen to a certain album or song...

    19 Jul 1:37am Reply
  • MusicMan613

    pretty good

    11 Jul 5:47pm Reply
  • brutus_1889

    Good news! Heaven adores you will finally be released on DVD (July 17).

    7 Jul 8:20pm Reply
  • bruna8D

    stand still burning light up learning

    1 Jul 5:07pm Reply
  • letsgoppl8

    we will always miss you.

    27 Jun 2:58pm Reply
  • starsburnonfire

    I used to listen to Elliott, practically non-stop in college. LOL. Forgot how good, his music is!

    23 Jun 11:56am Reply
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    21 Jun 2:26pm Reply
  • aboynameddirt

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend. [13]

    17 Jun 5:34am Reply
  • massive4r7

    "Heaven Adores You" is really touching. <3

    5 Jun 5:53pm Reply
  • ZacB182

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend. [12]

    2 Jun 6:00am Reply
  • miloschka

    Love you

    1 Jun 2:17pm Reply
  • alanjnewnham

    Elliott is always there when you need a friend [11]

    25 May 7:35pm Reply
  • nomadicherder

    v it was excellent.

    21 May 6:04am Reply
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