Lead singer of British band The Troggs dead at 71

troggfrontReuters is reporting that Reg Presley, lead singer of 1960s British rock band The Troggs died Monday at his home in England, after battling cancer.

The “Wild Thing” singer announced in January of last year that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, retiring from the band to begin chemotherapy.

“He passed away peacefully at home and myself, my brother and our mother were with him. We’re absolutely heartbroken,” Presley’s daughter Karen was quoted as telling the London-based World Entertainment News Network (WENN).

The singer’s friend and music publicist Keith Altham posted on Facebook, “My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today,” he went on to write, “surrounded by family and friends at his home in Andover following a succession of recent strokes and a losing battle with cancer. He was one very real person in a sometimes very unreal world. Our thoughts are with his wife Brenda and the the(sic) family and those legion of fans who loved his music and his band. I will miss him hugely.”

Catapulting to success in 1966 with “Wild Thing,” The Troggs became an overnight sensation, making them one of Britain’s most successful rock acts of the era. “Wild Thing” charted in the United States reaching No. 1.

“Wild Thing” has been featured in major motion pictures including “D2: The Mighty Ducks” and “Major League.” Aerosmith covered the song which went on to be used in advertising ABC’s coverage of the NFL Wild Card playoffs.

 

 

 

 


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