Last week we thought we'd finally uncovered the inspiration behind "You're So Vain," but it turned out to be lies, all lies. In a similar VEIN, a piece of information came to light over the weekend regarding another classic jam—one that has inspired an entire 90's soundtrack, countless air guitar sessions in the door-locked bedrooms of teenage boys, and even a Weird Al Yankovic parody centered around deli meat. The song, if that Weird Al reference didn't give it away (they always do!), is "My Sharona," and the muse is Sharon Alperin.
In what may just be the greatest love story of our time, The Knack frontman Doug Fieger was introduced to Alperin and told her, "I'm in love with you, you're my soulmate, you're my other half, we're going to be together one day." And then he wrote her a seven minute song that may or may not contain one of the greatest guitar solos ever. Needless to say, he got the girl. Thirty years later, Alperin—a real estate agent in Los Angeles—married somebody else, but never forgot about Fieger. The two remained close, and when Fieger passed away last month (on Valentine's Day), he was not without the company of his Sharona. Wow!
Also we should let you, the reader, know that this story, unlike Carly's, is legitimate because IT CAME FROM NPR.