Skip to comments.Reg Presley of the Troggs dies aged 71
Posted on 02/04/2013 3:52:27 PM PST by the scotsman
'Reg Presley, lead singer of 60s rock band The Troggs, has died aged 71.
The band's frontman died at his home in Hampshire, his daughter, Karen, confirmed to the BBC.
The Troggs had a number of hit songs, including Wild Thing and Love Is All Around.
Music publicist Keith Altham paid tribute to Presley on Facebook, saying his "dear old pal" had died "following a succession of recent strokes and a losing battle with cancer".
Presley announced his retirement from music a year ago after being taken ill during a concert in Germany and then being diagnosed with lung cancer.'
I heard he did a video for that version. /sarc.
No more Tupelo Presleys.
“Wild Thang” was composed, in case you didn’t know, by the brother of the previous owner of the Chrysler Lebaron convertible I happen to drive. (He also composed “Angel of the Mourning”, and a lot of other less known things, as well as discovered Carrie Rodriguez, whom you must check out!)
Some of my favorite tunes from that summer and fall:
Expect a crowd of Presley impersonators to emerge!
The Troggs’ version was a cover (as were Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock and Elvis’ Love Me (Treat Me Like A Fool)). All were written as send ups of the music.
Senator Bobby even had a hit with it...
Check this out:
Wasn't that a Seinfeld episode?
No effin way....it was like yesterday we were doing Wild Thang!
[Even the parody version by the Kennedy impersonators..”Go Teddy on the ocarino...}
Dam, I feel old....
There were actually two different songs entitled "The Peppermint Twist" that charted late in 1961--The one by Joey Dee & the Starliters was the bigger hit, but the one by Danny Peppermint & the Jumping Jacks also charted--I'd link to it if it was on Youtube.
By 1966, the Twist had been passe for years, although something called the Afro Twist would soon be seen on dance floors. I did hear a few Yanks on the British rock stations, including Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels' version of Little Latin Lupe Lu.
In both England and France, the Mamas & Papas' "Monday, Monday" was a big hit. And in Italy, the Dikdiks' Sognando la California (California Dreaming), their version of a big Yank hit, could be heard on the rock stations. In Italy, I also heard Juanita Banana by the Peels on a rock station.
Flip it over! The "B" side will be a bigger hit on FR.
I Can’t Control Myself
My favorite from the Troggs. RIP Reg Presley
The Troggs - With A Girl Like You
Did you ever hear the "Bobby Kennedy" cover of it? That was hilarious.
It’s interesting, both Sunny Afternoon and of course the Beatles’ Taxman both lamented excessive taxation.
What happened to the days when popular performers recognized this?
I can still get my 58 year old wife to shake her booty by playing the opening chords from Wild Thing on my guitar. DA DA!....DA DA DA ..DA! DA!
First time I heard it was today. :-)