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Doug Fieger

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Doug Fieger was most widely known seeing that lead singer from the Knack and co-writer with guitarist Berton Averre of this group’s summer time of 1979 number 1 smash and perennial favourite “My Sharona.” His vibrant and storied profession proceeded to go beyond that strike recording as well as the music group that spawned it to reveal a range of escapades within the music sector dating back again to when he was a teen, and a more serious aspect including production function and/or connections with HAD NOT BEEN Was, Ringo Starr, Roy Orbison, as well as other performers. Fieger was 3 or 4 when he noticed his first film, and from that minute the stage was his objective, his major impact being, strangely more than enough, Danny Kaye. At age 12 he acted skillfully and started staging Edward Albee has while an adolescent. The theory for youthful Fieger had not been necessarily to you need to be a singer or musician; it had been to become an entertainer. He defined his parents as “pretty flamboyant” — his father was an extremely successful labor attorney, his mom a union organizer who come up with the very first teacher’s hit in america. His sister Beth Fieger-Falkenstein writes for Television and movies, both shows of Mad About You with Yoko Ono on the piano via her pencil, while sibling Geoffrey Fieger is really a high-profile lawyer and onetime applicant for governor of Michigan. Around Feb 1964 he found your guitar at age group 11 and started jamming with John Coury, though he was playing piano and trumpet before that. At 13 years he and Coury produced the group Sky, the music group being maintained by who owns the Grande Ballroom in Detroit. They produced a demonstration and mailed it to Pete Townshend, since Fieger acquired fulfilled him and got the get in touch with from their supervisor. The Who guitarist received the demonstration tape, nonetheless it wasn’t before Knack had been rising in 1978 that Townshend recognized he paid attention to the music in the tape often, singing one of these to some stunned Fieger on the telephone those years later on. With no term from Townshend at that time, however, it had been a reference to the music group Traffic that resulted in the group’s recordings with Jimmy Miller, the famous maker for the Rolling Rocks. The teens in Sky produced a summary of producers with the surface of the list had been George Martin and Jimmy Miller. Miller was making Traffic and acquired just started making the one “Jumpin’ Jack Display” as well as the record Beggars Banquet for the Rolling Rocks. The other brands one of many potential Sky companies included Shel Talmy and Pete Townshend. Fieger visited a celebration at Sky’s manager’s home and Traffic have there been. Dave Mason was also there in those days, though he’d come and move in that music group. Mason gave Fieger the address of Jimmy Miller since Sky acquired opened Traffic displays several times. Fieger composed to Miller, “It is possible to talk to Stevie Winwood about us, and when you’re ever in Detroit….,” and Jimmy Miller replied the letter, getting in touch with Fieger by mobile phone, expressing curiosity about wanting to start to see the Motown studios. And he do. The music group had taken him to Motown studios and brought him back again to the Fieger home, where they sat around Fieger’s parents’ ping-pong desk within the basement, hearing the Sky repertoire. Another morning Miller agreed upon the group to some recording agreement. After Fieger graduated from senior high school, Miller had taken Sky to London plus they documented their first record at Olympic Studios, nearby to the Rocks recording Sticky Fingertips. Sky documented their second record at Mick Jagger’s home using the Rocks’ mobile pickup truck, their old close friends within the Who saving “Won’t Get Misled Again” with this truck early in the day. London was amazing for the youthful Doug Fieger, who proceeded to go there after graduation. The music group hung out with famous brands Jeff Beck, Chris Real wood, among their makers Gary Wright, Andy Johns, Bobby Secrets, Jim Cost, the Plastic material Ono Band’s Alan White colored, and many more. Sky relocated to LA at the recommendation of Jimmy Miller and finally broke up because of youth and administration inconveniences. In 1971 Fieger fulfilled Bruce Gary, the very first drummer from the Knack, with Berton Averre starting up together in 1973 on acoustic guitar. Fieger made a decision to place a music group collectively and play live, along with a display gig for the management company resulted in the creation from the Knack. They started packing night clubs, with notables like Ray Manzarek, Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Eddie Cash, Tom Petty, among others turning up to jam together in concert. Searching for an original melody to replace Pal Holly’s “Not really FADE,” they made “My Sharona,” and the others is background. In following years Doug Fieger loved to build vehicles and competition them, and created other serves in his house analog recording studio room (“the type of apparatus we would’ve produced Sky information on”). The Knack reunited for an advantage for the past due Shel Myer, the very first person to reserve the music group; decided they loved performing together following the advantage concert; and continuing to create, record, and perform in to the fresh millennium using the tone of voice of Doug Fieger and his tracks steering the dispatch — although they under no circumstances again accomplished the recognition that had include “My Sharona.” Within the mid-2000s Fieger started experiencing serious health issues, undergoing surgery treatment for mind tumors in 2006 and extra procedure and chemotherapy for lung cancers diagnosed in 2007. Fieger continuing his fights with cancer for quite some time before succumbing in Feb 2010 at his house in Woodland Hillsides, CA, at age 57. Among Fieger’s last documented shows was a visitor vocal i’m all over this previous Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick’s 2010 discharge BK3; Fieger sang business lead vocals on the energy pop amount “Dirty Gal.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Doug Fieger
Date Of Birth August 20, 1952
Died February 14, 2010, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter, Keyboard Player
Education Oak Park High School
Nationality American
Siblings Geoffrey Fieger, Beth Fieger
Music Groups The Knack
Music Songs My Sharona, Good Girls Don't, How Can Love Hurt So Much, Baby Talks Dirty, Dirty Girl, Oh Tara, Selfish, Can't Put a Price on Love, Frustrated, That's What the Little Girls Do, Let Me Out, Your Number or Your Name, Maybe Tonight, Heartbeat, Hold on Tight and Don't Let Go, Lucinda, Wishing Doesn't Make It So, Another Lousy Day in Paradise, Siamese Twins, Can I Borrow a Kiss, Nothing's Easy, We All Ride Alone, Mr. Handleman, You Gotta Be There, Hour of the Storm, Rocket O' Love, I Want Ya, Praying for You, No Matter What, Shake Me, Dance of Romance, Time, Time, Time
Albums Normal as the Next Guy, Serious Fun, Round Trip, ...But the Little Girls Understand, Get the Knack, First Things First, Zoom
Movies On Stage at World Cafe Live, Getting The Knack


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#Fact
1 Recovering from surgery to remove two brain tumors. [August 2006]
2 In late 2007 the tumors reappeared and he is currently undergoing an experimental treatment. [May 2008]
3 Brother-in-law of Jim Falkenstein.
4 His sister is Beth Fieger Falkenstein, a writer for television.
5 Member of the band Sky. The band can be seen in the movie Private Duty Nurses (1971).
6 Wrote the song, "My Sharona", a hit in 1979 for his band, The Knack. The song was written for Sharona Alperin, a girl he had a crush on. They dated from 1979 to 1982. She has publicly thanked him for teaching everyone how to pronounce her name correctly. She is now a real-estate agent in Los Angeles.
7 His brother is famed Detroit attorney Geoffrey Fieger who often appears on the Fox News Channel.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Formula 1: Ten Sport 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 writer: "My Sharona"
Love the Coopers 2015 writer: "My Sharona" - as Douglas Fieger
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series music - 1 episode
Glee 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kapgang 2014 writer: "My Sharona" - as Fieger
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011-2013 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
The Secret Disco Revolution 2012 Documentary writer: "My Sharona"
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super 8 2011 writer: "My Sharona"
Dancing with the Stars 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
1, 2 oder 3 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rio Sex Comedy 2010 writer: "Good Girls Don't"
Conviction 2010/II writer: "My Sharona" - as Douglas Fieger
De l'autre côté du lit 2008 writer: "My Sharona"
60/90 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Dad! 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I'm Going to Tell You a Secret 2005 Documentary writer: "My Sharona" - as Douglas Fieger
Taiko: Drum Master 2005 Video Game writer: "My Sharona" - as Douglas Fleger
Cold Case 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell - Volume 2 2004 Video documentary writer: "My Sharona" - uncredited
I Love the '70s 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Wire 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sorority Boys 2002 writer: "Good Girls Don't"
Undeclared 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story 2000 TV Movie writer: " All In The All In All"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1989-1998 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
RocketMan 1997 writer: "My Sharona"
No Sleep Till Sheffield: Pulp Go Public 1995 TV Short documentary writer: "My Sharona" - uncredited
Hatulan Bilibid Boys 2 1995 writer: "My Sharona"
The Next Karate Kid 1994 writer: "Doing' The Dog"
Reality Bites 1994 writer: "My Sharona"
Full House 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Plain Clothes 1987 writer: "SHE SAYS", "UPTOWN SHOWD OWN", "NORMAL AS THE NEXT GUY"
Scenes from the Goldmine 1987 writer: "Good Girls Don't"
Top of the Pops 1979-1987 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Making the Grade 1984 writer: "My Sharona"
Middle Age Crazy 1980 writer: "Good Girls Don't"
WKRP in Cincinnati 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

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Roseanne 1992-1993 TV Series Nick
Private Duty Nurses 1971 Band member - Sky

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pops 2014 Short composed by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Countdown Spectacular 2 2007 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Hit Me, Baby, One More Time 2005 TV Series Himself
Getting the Knack 2004 Video documentary Himself
The Test 2001 TV Series Himself - Panelist
New American Bandstand 1965 1971 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Himself

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