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The Knack's Doug Fieger, co-writer of 'My Sharona,' dies at age 57

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Doug fieger Every child of the '80s has the lyrics and thumping beat to My Sharona burned into the brain. So it's sad news to learn that Doug Fieger, leader of the The Knack, died Sunday of cancer at age 57.

Fieger co-wrote and sang the 1979 hit song. In a 1994 interview, he said it was inspired by a girlfriend of four years.

"I had never met a girl like her - ever," he told The Associated Press in an 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."

The Knack released seven studio albums during their on-and-off again history. Get The Knack, their 1979 debut disc, was the most successful and featured their best-known tunes.

TOP 5 HIGHEST-CHARTING SONGS BY THE KNACK:

5. CAN'T PUT A PRICE ON LOVE (1980)

4. BABY TALKS DIRTY (1980): [Watch video]

3. ROCKET O' LOVE (1991): [Watch video]

2. GOOD GIRLS DON'T
(1979): [Watch video]

1. MY SHARONA (1979): [Watch video]

[AP photo]

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