Doug Fieger, best known as the founding vocalist-guitarist of the Knack, died this morning at home in Woodland Hills, California, after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 57.
Having moved to L.A. after cutting his teeth on the Detroit rock scene, Fieger became an overnight millionaire with the hit My Sharona in 1979. Though he never recreated that single's blockbuster success, he continued touring under the Knack banner, including a final hometown show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Michigan in July 2003.
Soon after that, Fieger was stricken with lung and brain cancer, and embarked on years of intense treatment.
Fieger's leading claim to fame was "My Sharona," a vivacious blast of pop that spent six weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100 and endured as a staple of the genre that became known as power-pop.