Doug Fieger, Lead Singer of The Knack, Has Died

Doug Fieger, Lead Singer of The Knack, Has Died

It’s one of the most enduring rock songs of all-time and probably the greatest one-hit wonder ever. The song is “My Sharona,” the band is The Knack, and the man behind both, Doug Fieger, has died.

Fieger lost his battle with cancer on February 14th, 2010. He died at his home in Woodland Hills, California. He was just 57.

The Knack released “My Sharona” in 1979. It appears on their album Get The Knack. Fieger, who co-wrote the song and sang lead vocals on the track, was inspired to put pen to paper by a former girlfriend named Sharona Alperin.

“I had never met a girl like her — ever,” he told The Associated Press in 1994. “She induced madness. She was a very powerful presence. She had an insouciance that wouldn’t quit. She was very self-assured. … She also had an overpowering scent, and it drove me crazy.”

Oddly enough, that same girl has dated every front man of every rock and roll band since the beginning of time.

The song was featured in Ben Stiller’s film Reality Bites, parodied by Weird Al Yankovic, and found in the iPod of George W. Bush.

While the Knack released albums through 2003, they never came close to the success of “My Sharona.” They were heralded as the next “Beatles” but never amounted to anything more than an answer to a trivia question.

Nonetheless, “My Sharona” is a very cool song. The fact that they failed to reach their full potential is more of a disappointment than a joke.

Sadly, Fieger is not the first member of The Knack to leave this mortal coil. Bruce Gary lost his battle with cancer in 2006.

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