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The Knack's Doug Fieger Dies

05:31 AM Monday 2/15/10 | |

Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band The Knack who sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona," died Sunday. He was 57.

Fieger, a Detroit-area native, died at his home in Woodland Hills near Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to The Knack's manager, Jake Hooker.

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    Doug Fieger makes his point during gig in 2006.

    (Scott Legato / RockStarProPhotography.com)


Fieger formed The Knack in Los Angeles 1978, and the group quickly became a staple of Sunset Strip rock clubs. A year later he co-wrote and sang lead vocals on "My Sharona."

Fieger said the song, with its pounding drums and exuberant vocals, was inspired by a girlfriend of four years.

"I had never met a girl like her - ever," he told The Associated Press in a 1994 interview. "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."

"My Sharona," an unapologetically anthemic rock song, emerged during disco's heyday and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks, becoming an FM radio standard.

It became a pop culture phenomenon, parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic and others and sampled by rap group Run D.M.C.

In 1994, "My Sharona" re-entered the Billboard chart when it was released as a single from the soundtrack of the Ben Stiller film "Reality Bites."

"My Sharona" gained attention again in 2005 when it was reported that George W. Bush had the song on the presidential iPod.

Their songs, about young love and teenage lust, included the hits "Good Girls Don't," "She's So Selfish" and "Frustrated."

The Knack continued to release albums and tour through the mid-2000s but they never replicated the success they enjoyed with their first two albums, Get the Knack and ... But the Little Girls Understand.

Fieger battled cancer for six years. In 2006 he underwent surgery to remove two tumors from his brain.

He is survived by a sister, Beth Falkenstein, and a brother, attorney Geoffrey Fieger of Southfield, Mich., who is best known for representing assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

A Los Angeles memorial service for friends and family is being planned.


  1. Umpire wrote:

    06:56 AM, Feb 16, 2010

    .........equally sad was the passiong of the bands drummer, Bruce Gary a few years back.  Such an under rated rock band.  Rest In Peace boys..............

  2. jreed515 wrote:

    05:59 AM, Feb 16, 2010

    I am very sad that Doug is gone!!  I loved The Knack so much (all their discs were loaded with great popwer pop songs).    Why  the band never maintained the momentum of the My Sharonna days is a mystery.

    I met Doug (and Prescott and Berton) in 1994 at The Paradise in Boston.  The band played to a unfairly sadly attended show (like 80 people in the crowd) and the band ripped it up as if it was 1979 on Sunset.  The audience was frantic for the band.   I was right up front and Doug noticed how much I was loving the show (I called his name out a couple of times, which made him very happy) and at the end he reached toward me and gave me his guitar pick, the one he used on Sharona!!!  What a cool and nice, and very TALENTED man!

    Miss you Doug...the music world is much sadder without you my friend!

    Hope you are happy and resting and enjoying a worry free afterlife!!

    You brought so much joy to many!

    DJ John


  3. ghost revery wrote:

    01:51 PM, Feb 15, 2010

    I met Doug on a couple occasions. He was warm, friendly and very upbeat. One of the nicest people you could ever meet. A tragic loss to the music family.

  4. kosteriowa wrote:

    07:54 AM, Feb 15, 2010

    probably the best known of all the major one hit bands of all time...another great loss to rock n' roll...damn i hate getting older !!  koster

  5. Barfly Charlie wrote:

    06:16 AM, Feb 15, 2010

    RIP Doug - I'll crank some "Good Girls Don't" this morning in your honor. Great band - highly underrated.

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