|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1952|
|Death: ||Feb. 14, 2010|
Singer, Songwriter. As lead singer of the band The Knack, he co-wrote the classic New Wave rock standard "My Sharona" (1979). Born and raised in Oak Park, Michigan, Fieger formed the Detroit-area band Sky while still in high school, fronting as its lead singer and bass guitarist. Despite their youth they caught the attention of producer Jimmy Miller (The Rolling Stones), and recorded two albums for RCA Records before breaking up in 1972. Following a brief stint playing bass for the German progressive rock group Triumvirat, Fieger moved to Los Angeles and formed The Knack in 1978; they quickly developed a huge local following and the support of such artists as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. A dozen record labels offered the group contracts before they signed with Capitol Records in early 1979. Their debut album, "Get The Knack", went platinum in the Summer of 1979, powered by the anthemic single "My Sharona", which spent six weeks at the top of the pop charts. It was ranked as Billboard Magazine's biggest-selling song that year. "Get the Knack" also charted with the singles "Good Girls Don't", "She's So Selfish", and "Frustrated." The Knack never duplicated this spectacular success and they broke up in 1982 amidst critical backlash and internal squabbling; they regrouped in 1986. In 1994, "My Sharona" re-entered the Billboard charts when it was released as a single from the soundtrack of the Ben Stiller film, "Reality Bites". Fieger continued to front The Knack despite a long history of health problems. In 1995 he was diagnosed with lung cancer and had half of one lung removed, and in 2006 he underwent brain surgery for the removal of two tumors. (bio by: katzizkidz)
Cause of death: Cancer
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Originally Created by: katzizkidz
Record added: Feb 14, 2010
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