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Reg Presley, Troggs Lead Vocalist and Voice of "Wild Thing," Dies At Age 71

By February 5, 2013

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Reg Presley, lead vocalist of the pioneering garage rock band the Troggs, has died at age 71 after a battle with lung cancer. English singer Reg Presley was working as a bricklayer when the Troggs came together in 1964. The group's raw sound is given credit for being a major influence on the development of both punk music and garage rock. The Troggs became superstars when they covered the song "Wild Thing" in 1966. It went to #1 on the pop singles charts in the US and Canada while reaching #2 at home in the UK. Reg Presley was also an accomplished songwriter. He wrote "Love Is All Around," a top 10 hit for the Troggs in both the US and the UK, and later one of the biggest pop hits of all time in the UK when the group Wet Wet Wet covered it in the mid 1990s. Due to his illness, Reg Presley retired from perfoming live in January 2012. The Troggs also suspended their performances, but they are expected to begin performing again soon. Check out "Wild Thing" below.

  • Watch Troggs "Wild Thing" video

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