Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Sharona by The Knack is 30 years old

My Sharona is now 30 years old and still a great rock tune. When it was released in 1979 it went straight to #1 on the Billboard charts.

According to lead singer/guitarist Doug Fieger, he met Sharona Alperin (who was 16 at the time) and she inspired a two-month-long run of songwriting. "It was like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat; I fell in love with her instantly. And when that happened, it sparked something and I started writing a lot of songs feverishly in a short amount of time." Whenever he thought about her, he would think of Averre's riff. The two worked out the structure and melody from there. Sharona appears on the picture sleeve for the single, and became a major booster of the band bringing many girls to their early shows. Sharona Alperin is now a real estate agent in Los Angeles.


charlie salem said...

why can't i meet a girl like Sharona - write lots of hit songs about her and we live happily ever after!

Thom said...

They didn't live happily ever after.
They broke up a couple of years after the song took off.

And now even Doug is gone, but the song lives on.