Friday, May 13, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: THE KNACK - MY SHARONA

"My Sharona", by The Knack
"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.

The riff of "My Sharona" was written by the band's guitarist, Berton Averre, years before he joined The Knack. He had played it and a drum groove for Doug Fieger, the group's lead singer and rhythm guitarist, who loved it and promised to make it a song. However, Fieger, with no lyric ideas to add, was unsure what to do with it beyond that.When Fieger, who was 25, met Sharona Alperin, who was 17 at the time, she inspired a two-month-long run of songwriting, as well as becoming Fieger's girlfriend for the next four years. "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."

Sharona herself 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, California.

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