Elliott Smith

August 6, 1969 - October 21, 2003

Elliott Smith Artistfacts

  • In 2003, he died of stab wounds to the chest, possibly self-inflicted.
  • Smith was in 2 Rock bands (Stranger than Fiction, Heatmiser) before settling into the Folk Rock that earned him fame.
  • He was nominated for an Oscar for his song "Miss Misery." He lost to Celine Dion.
  • His real name is Steve Smith. He changed it in high school when he moved to Portland, Oregon.
  • He went to school in Massachusetts, where he wrote a lot of his songs.
  • On most of his songs, he played all the instruments.
  • For a time, he was the boyfriend of Joanna Bolme, bassist of Calamity Jane.
  • He played defensive back for his high school football team. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Andrew - Orlando, FL, for all above
  • He claimed his full name to be Elliott Stillwater Otter Smith during his years with Stranger Than Fiction. >>
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    tj chamberlin - Fishers, IN
  • Two albums of all-new material have been issued since his death. In 2004 From A Basement On The Hill, which was nearly finished before Smith's death, was issued, and in 2007 the compilation New Moon was released.
  • His parents divorced when he was one year old. He began playing acoustic guitar at age 10, and at age 14 he began recording songs on a tape recorder. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2

Comments: 2

  • Ryan from Salt Lake City, UtThe new will Farrell movie coming out has the same name as Elliott's high school band. Coincidence?
  • Tom from East Lyme, CtI can see how popular Elliott Smith is!
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