Reg Presley, the lead singer of the 60s British rock group The Troggs, has died at age 71. As lead singer, Presley’s voice is heard singing The Throgs' iconic hit song “Wild Thing.” According to the BBC on Monday Feb. 4, Presley died at home surrounded by family.
Most likely if you’re a baby boomer, you have some type of memory around the song “Wild Thing” as it was one of the big hits in its day. Bands are still playing the song today.
“Love is All Around” is another hit song from The Throgs and 27 years after the band made the song famous, another group had a hit with the tune. The band Wet Wet Wet had their rendition of the rock song hit number one and it stayed in the top spot on the charts for 15 weeks in the 90s.
It was just a year ago that Presley announced his retirement from music after falling ill while at a concert in Germany, which ultimately led to the diagnosis of lung cancer. According to music publicist Keith Altham, Presley died “after a succession of recent strokes and a losing battle with cancer.” Altham posted this information on his Facebook page.
Presley was very open about the cancer he was battling, when first diagnosed he shared the news with his fans by posting a letter on the band’s website. He took this opportunity to thank his fans for their support.
Presley’s interest in the paranormal was conveyed in a book he penned in 2002. “Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us.”