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Yes, that is actually Sharona.(Canada, eh?)

Do you remember the song “My Sharona”? Of course you do. Don’t be bashful: it was the number one song of 1979 (and, as the New York Times’s Dave Itzkoff shows, it’s been ubiquitous ever since). So, a moment of silence for Doug Fieger—the rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the Knack, and co-writer of his band’s gigantic hit—who died Sunday at 57. And then a moment to remember that Sharona was Sharona Alperin, Fieger’s 17-year-old girlfriend, who—incredibly!—really is the one who graces the single’s cover, and who (like every member of the Knack) is Jewish.

Alperin now works at Sotheby’s, “helping entertainment professionals find their dream homes.” You get exactly one chance to guess her Website’s address.

Doug Fieger Dies at 57, Singer of ‘My Sharona [NYT]
Doug Fieger, Penned ‘My Sharona,’ Dies at 57 [JTA]

Related: Our ‘Sharona’ [ArtsBeat]





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