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Richard Lewis

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Richard Lewis

My wife and I watched in awe as Doug and the Knack blew the roof off of the jammed House of Blues on Sunset a few years back . Although having never seen him perform live, I wasn’t surprised that every atom in his body was rock & roll ready; in many ways, just as he displays his vigilance with sobriety while simultaneously battling other diseases, all the while setting a wondrous example for people, (especially to recovering addicts like myself) helping us realize how possible it is to live a spiritual life with dignity and grace after coming out of the darkness no matter what life has in store for us.

For years and years I have had so much fun rapping with iconic Doug about other rock groups. Unlike many artists who keep their praise of others in their field to a minimum or at least the conversations short, Doug seems to love to heap praise on others he loves or especially those who influenced his own work.

Procol Harum,  a group I always loved and whose brilliant duo of Gary Brooker and Keith Reid have become friends of mine, was the topic one night. Doug loves Procol Harum. Doug practically sang the entire “In Held Twas I” 17 minute plus track from the album, “Shine on Brightly,” word by word, and then vocally did favorite Robin Trower licks. He is so purely in love with all of rock & roll that is authentic to him and seemingly has no ego when describing other bands and their songs.

It’s rare. Very rare. That said, since I consider Doug Fieger an angel on earth nothing he ever does surprises me. His strength and faith and friendship are Herculean and his impact on me and so many is mind-blowing.

I can’t imagine having the life I have now without Doug in my life.

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  • Berton Averre

    Berton Averre

    I'll always remember Doug as he was in the writing room. And he was great.

  • Bruce Ravid

    Bruce Ravid

    They say a guy never forgets his first, and that's certainly true for an A&R guy and his first signing. My first was The Knack. I got to be part of something truly spectacular at the time,

  • Pamela Des Barres

    Pamela Des Barres

    I remember one gorgeous night when he picked up my old Gibson and serenaded me with every Beatle song I asked him to sing. It was breathtakingly beautiful, etched in my heart for eternity.

  • Jeff Lynne

    Jeff Lynne

    I always enjoyed jamming with Doug, it seemed like he knew the chords to every song ever written,
    you could never catch him out.

  • Wayne Kramer

    Wayne Kramer

    There’s a photo of Doug on his website as a young boy with his Hofner bass. In my memory, that’s the fellow I met at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit...

  • Bruce Kulick

    Bruce Kulick

    Doug thankfully loved the track... Jeremy and I were stoked and when the recording session was to happen, Doug was in and out of the studio in an hour! Total pro.

  • Robert Greenfield

    Robert Greenfield

    One day, Doug called to ask if I wanted to be in a band. (I remember when Doug used to call me his voice was so high, I thought it was a girl.) Sky was born.

  • Don Was

    Don Was

    doug fieger burst into my life on the first day of 8th grade, september 1965... he'd been expelled from a private school... and seemed determined to wave his freak flag high...

  • Elliot Easton

    Elliot Easton

    Doug was my best friend. There are only a small handful of people in this world who even know what the hell I'm talking about in all matters of life and pop culture.

  • Ringo Starr

    Ringo Starr

    Doug Fieger was a friend. Peace and Love, Ringo.

  • Brian McNelis

    Brian McNelis

    It is really because of Doug that I started playing guitar. Guitar is always something I thought I could never do. So at 42 years old, I thought, maybe I can do this...

  • Harold Bronson

    Harold Bronson

    It was while I attended a Knack performance in August, 1998, at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, that I appreciated Doug's sartorial dedication to the 1960s.

  • Sherman Allen

    Sherman Allen

    One night, Doug sent me off into the night with a Gretsch White Falcon. Now, I'm five foot six on a good day, so it never crossed my mind to play a 17" hollowbody. I'd never used a Bigsby in my life.

  • William Stout

    William Stout

    I loved The Knack, Doug's writing and his onstage persona. It turned out, unknown to me, that he was a huge fan of my art.

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