On this day in music history: August 25, 1979 …

On this day in music history: August 25, 1979 – “My Sharona” by The Knack hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks. Written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre, it is the biggest hit for the Los Angeles, CA based rock band. The song originated from a riff and drum groove inspired by The Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’” and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “Going To A Go-Go”, written by guitarist Berton Averre. It is also inspired by Doug Fieger’s girlfriend Sharona Alperin (who also appears on the 45 picture sleeve) who he has recently met and become involved with. The songs’ trademark stuttering vocals by Fieger also pays homage to The Who’s “My Generation”. Entering the Hot 100 at #86 on June 23, 1979, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. Selling nearly two million copies, the single reaches that status faster than any single since The Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. The huge success of “My Sharona” also sends their debut album “Get The Knack” to number one, topping the Billboard Top 200 for five weeks. “Sharona” is also ranked the number one single of 1979 by Billboard Magazine. The song is later spoofed by Cheech Marin in “Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie” in 1980, and in part is the inspiration for Michael Jackson writing “Beat It”, after producer Quincy Jones suggests that Jackson “write a rock song like "My Sharona”. Run DMC sample the song as the basis for “It’s Tricky” in 1986, which later results in a lawsuit when the sample was used without authorization. The matter is settled out of court. The Knack’s song is revived in 1994 when it is included in the Ethan Hawke directed film “Reality Bites”. “Sharona” is reissued as single (in remixed form), charting a second time peaking at #91 on the Hot 100. The song is also used by comedian Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live in an ongoing sketch called “Janet Reno’s Dance Party”, where Ferrell plays the former US Attorney General. “My Sharona” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.