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Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith was born Steven Paul Smith in Omaha, Nebraska on August 6, 1969.

His father Gary Smith was in medical school at the University of Nebraska, and his mother Bunny was an elementary school teacher. When Elliott was one year old his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother to Dallas, Texas. That same year, his father was drafted, assigned to the U.S. Air Force, and sent to the Philippines as a physician. After discharge, his father moved to Los Angeles to complete a psychiatric residency program at UCLA. By the time Elliott was 5, both his father and mother had remarried and his father and stepmother moved to Portland, Oregon. From the age of five to thirteen, Elliott lived with his mother, stepfather and two half-siblings in Dallas. At fourteen, Elliott moved to Portland, OR to live with his father, stepmother, and two half-sisters.

Elliott started to write and record songs at home in Portland on a four-track recorder. Elliott attended Lincoln High School. He graduated in 1987 as a National Merit finalist. While in high school he changed his name to "Elliott" and formed his first band, Stranger than Fiction. He attended Hampshire College and graduated in 1991 with a major in political philosophy. After graduation, Elliott moved back to Portland and formed the band Heatmiser along with Neil Gust, his friend and fellow-musician from Hampshire College.

Elliott released his first solo album, roman candle (Cavity Search), in 1994. He followed that disc with elliott smith (1995) and either/or (1997), both issued on the influential independent label Kill Rock Stars. He also recorded three albums with Heatmiser in the early '90s: Dead Air and Cop and Speeder (both on Frontier) and Mic Cit...

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