Sunday, February 14, 2010

DOUG FIEGER, 1952-2010

Posted By on Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 9:45 PM

We were saddened to hear of the death of native son Doug Fieger in Los Angeles this morning following a long and gallant battle with brain and lung cancer. The singer-songwriter-guitarist may be remembered by some locals as lead singer and bassist of Detroit's the Sky -- which recorded two albums for RCA, produced by Jimmy Miller of Rolling Stones and Traffic fame -- when he was still only 16. But he'll forever best be known as the leader of power-pop sensations, the Knack, who took "My Sharona" to the top of the charts in 1979, making it and their Get The Knack album mega-hits..

According to friends who were with Fieger (whose brother is, of course, famed Detroit attorney Geoffrey) at the end, Ringo Starr visited him the night before he passed "Doug was sleeping. And Ringo quietly sang 'She Loves You' to him at his bedside..."

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