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Robert Greenfield

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Robert Greenfield

I first met Doug in 1966. My mother worked with a woman, who’s son, Bobby Boyle, knew John Coury. Bobby Boyle lived down the street from Doug and I would go to the Boyle house to play drums with him, John, and Doug. I was about seventeen, and Doug, thirteen. 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.

We started out doing all Beatle tunes, and practiced harmonies for hours at a time. In fact, we got so good at harmonies that once when we played in the basement at a fraternity party, everyone stayed upstairs ’cause they thought we were a record. John was the slave driver. His motivational statement was a quote that his father, Charles Coury, used to say: “You always meet the crisis, with the habit’s of the usual”. That came in handy, when we opened for The Who one night. Our PA went out, and we couldn’t hear ourselves (but it didn’t matter because our harmonies were second nature to us.)

Pretty soon Doug and John started writing some really good songs. We went from a cover band to an original band, at a very young age. We played hundreds of gigs, around Detroit, opening for many of the major acts, such as The Who, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, etc., at the legendary Grande Ballroom. Our manager was Russ Gibb, the owner of The Grande. Russ called us one night, and told us to go to meet Traffic at the hotel before their gig. We hung out with them and became friendly. Later we played on the same ticket with them at the Cincinnati Pop Festival. All the bands stayed at the same hotel for that show and after the gig Steve Winwood came to our room and played acoustic guitar with John for a long time.

It was at a party at Russ Gibbs house where Dave Mason of Traffic, gave us Jimmy Miller’s (producer of The Rolling Stones and Traffic) number/address. John and Doug wrote a letter in Doug’s hand and asked him to listen to us. When Jimmy called the house, Doug’s father gave the phone to him, and said a guy named Jimmy Miller is on the line. Doug answered, and kept saying, “Come on John… I know it’s you.” He just didn’t believe it was really Jimmy Miller.

He said he was coming to America with his business partner, Tony Secunda. He made a pit-stop in Detroit on his way to LA. Since we weren’t playing the Grande that night he came to Doug’s parents’ house and we played for him in their basement. The next day Jimmy Miller told us he would like us to come to London to produce us. That was the goal we had worked so hard for. In July of 1970 we flew to London.

Though Sky didn’t endure, our friendship, and love for each other has. I miss you Douglas Lars.

Love,
Robert Greenfield.

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  • Richard Lewis

    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

  • 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.

  • 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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