Doug Fieger, Lead Singer of The Knack, Dies at 57
Doug Fieger, The Knack lead singer who co-wrote the new-wave band's biggest hit, "My Sharona," has died. He was 57.
Fieger died Sunday at his Woodland Hills, Calif., home after a battle with cancer.
"Our hearts are broken, we will miss you, Doug," the band wrote on its website.
A year after forming The Knack, Fieger co-wrote and sang lead vocals on the group's 1979 international smash "My Sharona." The riff-heavy tune, from the album Get the Knack, was inspired by Fieger's then-girlfriend, Sharona Alperin, and spent six weeks atop the Billboard pop chart.
Watch "My Sharona" and other videos by The Knack
"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."
Fifteen years later, the song re-entered the Billboard chart and pop-culture consciousness when it was released as a single from Ben Stiller's film Reality Bites, which featured a gas station dance party scene to the song.
The song has been parodied by Weird Al Yankovic and was revealed to be on George W. Bush's presidential iPod.
Watch Jon Stewart discuss Bush's inclusion of "My Sharona" on his iPod
Releasing albums through 2003, The Knack also produced the hits "Good Girls Don't" and "She's So Selfish," but never duplicated the success of "My Sharona."
A Detroit native, Fieger had been battling cancer since 2005. In 2006, he had two tumors removed from his brain.
Former Knack member Bruce Gary died of cancer in 2006, while Berton Averre and Prescott Niles continue to perform as The Knack.