RIP (Detroit’s own) Doug Fieger

15 02 2010

The Knack lead singer Doug Fieger has died in his home after losing a battle with lung cancer. He was 57.

His passing was confirmed by his older brother, Geoffrey Fieger, to The Detroit News. The Knack also announced his death on the band’s website, “Our hearts are broken, we will miss you Doug.”

Fieger formed the band in 1978 in Los Angeles where the group quickly grew to becoming a staple of LA’s rock club scene in the late 1970s. He co-wrote their hit single, ‘My Sharona’, a year later with the band’s guitarist Berton Averre after meeting 16-year-old Sharona Alperin. The song was featured in their debut album, ‘Get The Knack’.

Although the song was released in disco music’s heyday, the song went on to top the Billboard pop charts for six weeks. ‘My Sharona’ became a pop cultural phenomenon and was parodied by Weird Al Yankovic and featured in several commercials.

The song saw a revival in the Billboard charts in 1994, peaking at #91, after being featured in comedian Ben Stiller’s directorial debut ‘Reality Bites’. It gained attention again in 2005 when it was reported that the song was listed in then-American president George W. Bush’s iPod.




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