Doug Fieger, lead singer of the power pop band the Knack, died on Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 57.
Fieger formed the Knack in 1978, and penned and sang lead vocals on “My Sharona” a year later. He said the song was inspired by a girlfriend of 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.” (Via Billboard.)