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Reg Presley: 1941-2013

By February 8, 2013

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The Troggs
Reg Presley (seated in front) and the rest of The Troggs circa 1966.
Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images

"This is the hardest statement I have ever written. I am heartbroken to announce that Reg Presley passed away this morning 4th February 2013." So began the official announcement of the death of a founding member and, until he retired last year after beginning cancer treatments, lead singer of The Troggs.

It was Presley's voice you hear on the band's signature song, "Wild Thing" and on songs that he wrote, like "Love is All Around," "With a Girl Like You" and "I Can't Control Myself". He had been with the band from the day it was born (originally as The Troglodytes) until lung cancer forced him to call it quits in January of last year.

Born Reginald Ball in Andover, England in 1941, he changed his last name at the urging of a publicist who convinced him of the greater appeal (and recognition) of Presley as a stage name. He was a bricklayer before starting up The Troggs, and that remained his day job until "Wild Thing" made it onto the charts in 1966.

The Troggs, who never stopped performing between 1964 and the day Presley retired, plan to return to the road with Chris Allen (ex-Denny Laine Band, ex-The Animals) as lead singer.


February 8, 2013 at 9:37 am
(1) Bruce Simon says:

I am sorry for the death of Reg Presley. Yet I am sorrier for the way he died. Smoking is never worth giving your life and health for. I read an interview with Mr Presley, saying that he knew smoking was going to catch up with him one day. It is too bad he did not gain victory over it sooner.

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