“My Sharona” is the debut single by The Knack, released in 1979 from their album Get the Knack. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart where it remained for six weeks and was #1 on Billboard’s Top Pop Singles of 1979 year-end chart. It was certified gold (one million units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America. It reached gold status faster than any debut single since The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in 1964.
In 1994, “My Sharona” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart (peaking at #91) when it was released as a single from the Reality Bites soundtrack album.
Lead singer Doug Fieger battled cancer for several years and died at his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills on February 14, 2010.
He was 57 years old.