Chart Performance: Pop (#1 for 6 weeks); 1977
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
The biggest hit of 1979 was an out-of-left-field, stuttering beat track from a California band called The Knack. Formed in May of 1978, the Knack built up a big following on the LA night club circuit; resulting in contract from Capitol. Now the band needed songs for an album. Guitarist Berton Averre had been toying with a jumpy rhythm riff for a couple of years, and rhythm guitarist/singer Doug Fieger was lusting after a girl named Sharona. When they initially put the two together, Berton resisted. After all, Doug had another girlfriend at the time. Fieger persisted and My Sharona was included among the tracks recorded over a 12 day period for Get The Knack. The live-in-the-studio sound of My Sharona took America by storm. Aided by publicity generated by Beatles’ references – same label, similar debut album photo and title – My Sharona and Get The Knack raced to #1 on their respective charts. And, the real-life Sharona raced into Doug’s arms.
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- Mike Chapman
Lyrics Written by:
- Doug Fieger
- Berton Averre