The Inspiration For “My Sharona” Pays Tribute To Doug Fieger

Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack, passed away on Valentine’s Day, after battling brain and lung cancer for several years. His ex-girlfriend Sharona Alperin, who inspired the #1 hit 1979 song “My Sharona” came to his memorial. She told Entertainment Weekly, “About 70 percent of the people I meet, as soon as I introduce myself as Sharona, they say ‘My Sharona.’ Another 20 percent, you can tell, they’re thinking it in their heads. It’s so funny. I spent the entire weekend with him, with his body [at the services]. It was beautiful to see the people who paid him respect on his death bed—the people who he was the biggest fan of. He was so devoted to rock and roll—a walking encyclopedia … I’m grateful that he’s out of pain.” RIP, Doug. I hope he could tell that his Sharona was there to pay him tribute on a day devoted to love. [Entertainment Weekly]