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Doug Fieger

Fieger in 2005
Background information
Birth name Douglas Lars Fieger
Born August 20, 1952(1952-08-20)
Origin Oak Park, Michigan, Detroit
Died February 14, 2010 (aged 57)
Genres Rock, New Wave, Power pop
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1970–2010
Labels RCA Records, Capitol Records, Rhino Records, Ariola Records,
Associated acts The Knack, Sky, Triumvirat, The Sunset Bombers

Douglas Lars "Doug" Fieger (August 20, 1952 – February 14, 2010)[1] [2] [3] was an American singer-songwriter. He was the lead singer of the Power pop band The Knack, and co-wrote the biggest hit song of 1979, "My Sharona", with lead guitarist, Berton Averre. The Fiegers were of Jewish ethnicity. Doug was the younger brother of famous Detroit attorney Geoffrey Fieger who confirmed his death on Valentine's Day, 2010 to The Detroit News.[4]

Geoffrey and Doug Fieger were born and raised in the 9 Mile/Coolidge area of Oak Park, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit, and attended Oak Park High School. Before forming The Knack, Fieger played bass and sang lead in the group Sky, which was founded by producer Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones, Traffic, Blind Faith) when Fieger was still in high school. Sky recorded two albums for RCA Records, in 1970 and 1971, produced by Miller with Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin). Fieger also played bass guitar in the German progressive rock band Triumvirat for a short period in 1974.

In addition to performing, Fieger also produced the Rubber City Rebels debut album for Capitol Records and another album for the Los Angeles-based band, Mystery Pop. He and Rebels drummer Brandon Matheson had been bandmates in The Sunset Bombers and had one album released on Ariola Records, before Fieger formed The Knack. The band played its initial gig at Hollywood's Whisky A Go-Go nightclub on June 1, 1978 and were discovered playing Los Angeles area nightclubs, including The Troubadour in West Hollywood. They were signed by Capitol Records in early 1979.

"My Sharona" spent six consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1979 and was the biggest hit of the year. Fifteen years later the track gained new interest after it was heard in the film Reality Bites.[5] It was also featured regularly in a Saturday Night Live skit parodying Janet Reno. The follow-up hit to "My Sharona" was "Good Girls Don't" which stopped one notch short of the Top 10 – peaking at #11, while Get The Knack spent five straight weeks at #1 and eventually sold 3 million copies in the United States - 6 million globally.

Fieger provided lead vocals on two tracks on Was (Not Was)' 1983 album Born to Laugh at Tornadoes. Shortly before his death, he provided lead vocals for the track "Dirty Girl," from Bruce Kulick's 2010 album BK3.

Personal life

Doug was married to his wife, Mia, for nearly 10 years. Although they were divorced, Mia contributed to Doug's care during his illness. In addition to his older brother, Geoffrey, survivors include his younger sister, Beth Falkenstein.

Fieger underwent brain surgery in August 2006 to have two tumors removed. He was later diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007, for which he underwent extensive chemotherapy and had one half of a lung removed[6]

After battling cancer for several years, Fieger died at his home in Woodland Hills, California, on February 14th, 2010. He was 57 years old.[7]

Fieger and [Sharona] Alperin eventually got married to separate people, but they remained friends. Fieger died on Valentine's Day this year, but Alperin says she went to see him frequently in his final months. "A lot of his idols, people that meant so much to him in the music industry, came to pay their respects to him," she says. "And it was really beautiful."[8]

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