Doug Fieger lead singer of the band the Knack who sang the 1979 hit “My Sharona” died Sunday, February 14. He was 57.
Fieger said the song “My Sharona” was inspired by a girlfriend he had for 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.”
In the 1980’s the song became a pop culture phenomenon. Many songs by the Knack were fueled by young love and teenage lust which included hits like “Good Girls Don’t,” “She’s So Selfish” and “Frustrated.”
Fieger battle cancer for 6 years and in 2006 he underwent surgery to remove two tumors from his brain.
He is survived by a sister, Beth Falkenstein, and his brother Geoffrey Fieger.
A Los Angeles memorial service for friends and family is being planned.