Elliott Smith

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Folk Singer
Date of Birth August 6, 1969
Place of Birth Omaha, Nebraska
Date of Death Oct 21, 2003 (34)
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Elliott Smith

Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived much of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Smith's primary instrument was the guitar, though he also played piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery", and often used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and 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 mainstream 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 1998.

Birth name: Steven Paul Smith
Born: August 6, 1969, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Died: October 21, 2003, Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres: Indie folk, indie pop, indie rock, lo-fi
Occupation(s): Musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments: Guitar, vocals, piano, clarinet, bass, drums, harmonica
Years active: 1991–2003
Labels: Virgin/Caroline, Cavity Search, Kill Rock Stars, Suicide Squeeze Records, DreamWorks, ANTI, Domino
Associated acts: Heatmiser, Quasi, Mary Lou Lord, Pete Krebs, No. 2, Beck
Website: Elliott Smith's Official site
IMDb: Elliott Smith's IMDb

About Elliott Smith

Singer and guitarist who wrote "Needle in the Hay" and who was nominated for an Oscar Award for Best Original Song in a film in 1998.

Before Fame

He grew up with an abusive stepfather; the effects of this trauma bleeding over into his song lyrics.


He used a recording method called "multi-tracking," which allowed for him to create layering in his music.

Family Life

He was born to Gary Smith and Bunny Kay Berryman and had a sister named Ashley Welch. His partner Jennifer Chiba was supposedly in the shower when he allegedly stabbed himself twice in the chest. Although autopsy reports left open the possibility of homicide, an investigation was not opened.


He appeared as a guest on The Late Night Show with Conan O'Brien, performing "Miss Misery."

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  • Good Will Hunting - Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, and Stellan Skarsgård.
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  • Anti- Records artists
  • Kill Rock Stars artists
  • Lincoln High School (Portland, Oregon) alumni
  • DreamWorks Records artists
  • Suicide Squeeze Records artists
  • Caroline Records artists
  • Domino Recording Company artists
  • Musicians from Omaha, Nebraska
  • People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • People with mood disorders
  • Hampshire College alumni
  • Songwriters from Oklahoma
  • Alternative rock guitarists
  • Alternative rock singers
  • Musicians from Portland, Oregon
  • Male feminists
  • Musicians from Texas
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  • American indie rock musicians
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