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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:40 PM

‘Wild Thing’ singer and frontman for ‘The Troggs’ Reg Presley dies at 71

Source: Raw Story

Reg Presley, lead singer of British 1960s rock band The Troggs, has died aged 71, a friend has said.

Presley, best known for hits including “Wild Thing” and “Love Is All Around”, had announced a year ago that he was battling cancer and would retire from the band.

Veteran music journalist Keith Altham, a close friend of Presley’s, wrote on his Facebook page that the singer had died “surrounded by family and friends” on Monday at his home in Andover, southeast England.

“My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today,” he wrote.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/05/wild-thing-singer-and-frontman-for-the-troggs-reg-presley-dies-at-71/

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Reply ‘Wild Thing’ singer and frontman for ‘The Troggs’ Reg Presley dies at 71 (Original post)
IDemo Feb 2013 OP
azurnoir Feb 2013 #1
DreamGypsy Feb 2013 #6
onenote Feb 2013 #2
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #8
Berlum Feb 2013 #13
Ron Obvious Feb 2013 #20
wandy Feb 2013 #3
apocalypsehow Feb 2013 #4
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #7
pecwae Feb 2013 #12
apocalypsehow Feb 2013 #5
Norbert Feb 2013 #9
mac56 Feb 2013 #15
Hekate Feb 2013 #10
mac56 Feb 2013 #17
Tom Ripley Feb 2013 #11
malthaussen Feb 2013 #14
mac56 Feb 2013 #16
malthaussen Feb 2013 #18
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2013 #19
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2013 #21

Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:58 PM

1. RIP Reg

I was in grade school but I remember the song

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:13 PM

6. Wow. Great suits!



I was 13 or 14 when Wild Thing hit Billboard #1.

As performed by The Troggs, "Wild Thing" is ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Hope Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball) gets to wear one of those suits again...maybe with wings.

Thanks for the post, AN. It was refreshing.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:07 PM

2. Fun Fact: Wild Thing was written by Angelina Jolie's Uncle

Chip Taylor wrote Wild Thing (as well as some other well known songs such as Angel of the Morning). His real name is James Voight and he is Jon Voight's brother and Angelian Jolie's uncle.

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Response to onenote (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:14 PM

8. And "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" by Janis

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Response to onenote (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:12 AM

13. "I'm old enough to face the dark..." Angel of the Morning sung by Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts

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Response to onenote (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:48 PM

20. I had no idea!

I had no idea! I vaguely recall one Chip Taylor having a hit with "That Same Old Story" in the '70s, but I had no idea he was so much more than that.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:20 PM

3. Anyone else feel just a little bit older?

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Response to wandy (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:50 PM

4. +1,000. n/t.

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Response to wandy (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:10 PM

7. I was doing an acoustic (and slow) version of "Love Is All Around" the night before Reg died. eom

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Response to wandy (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:05 AM

12. Yeah, but I can still dance.

RIP Reg. You made everything groovy.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:50 PM

5. RIP Reg 'Wild Thing' Presley. n/t.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:06 PM

9. It was fun times in 1966

Paperback Writer, Red Rubber Ball, Daydream, Ain't too Proud to Beg, Yellow Submarine, You Can't Hurry Love, Pet Sounds...


...and oh yes, WILD THING.


Than you Reg and the Troggs for adding your songs to the soundtrack of our lives.

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Response to Norbert (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:06 AM

15. One of the best years ever for rock'n'roll IMO.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:39 PM

10. And then there was the "Bobby Kennedy" sendup...

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"You make everything -- groovy -- Teddy on the ocarina now"

Yeah, I do feel old, I remember both versions.

RIP Reg Presley.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:10 AM

17. Yup, I remember

And on the flip was a version by "Senator Everett McKinley."

Everett McKinley Dirksen had cut a spoken word single called "Gallant Men."

So naturally this version featured the line, "Oh, you gallant Wild Thing..."

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:48 AM

11. The Troggs on Bowie's 1980 Floor Show (1973)...



Rest In Peace, Reg

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:16 AM

14. I'll take "Love is All Around" over "Wild Thing" any day.



How 60's can you get?

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:08 AM

16. I'll see your "Love Is All Around"

and raise you one "I Can't Control Myself."

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Response to mac56 (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:15 AM

18. Nice tune, but I'll stand pat.

For one thing, the brunette in mine is much cuter than the blonde in yours.

Good thing Beyonce wasn't with the group, or everybody would be complaining about the lip-synching.

-- Mal

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:15 PM

19. Iggy Pop and the Ramones credited the Troggs for their influence on punk rock

and music critics have called them "the progenitors of punk". The Troggs tune "From Home" which was the flip side of "Wild Thing" (and a superior tune, in my opinion) was written by Reg Presley. I played this tune in my first band in the 60s and guitarists were copying Chris Britton's guitar solo. I've always thought "From Home" was their coolest and most Trogg-like tune and it's the tune the punk rock movement most admired.



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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:36 AM

21. Another great Troggs tune that influenced punk rock

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And another fantastic tune that is very punk and where you can see the influence they had on later genres of music.




And still another hard-driving tune that foresaw the Ramones.




And another.

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