Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Garage Rock King

RIP, Reg Presley:
Presley and the Troggs scored their breakthrough hit "Wild Thing" in the early days of the British invasion started by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

With its basic three-chord approach and driving beat, it became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic and has been covered by literally hundreds of bands since its 1966 release.

The song was picked up not only by garage bands the world over - the lead guitar riffs were easily copied - but also by icons like Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen.

The Troggs, all from the Andover area, had several other big hits, including "Love is All Around" and "With a Girl Like You."

They faded in the 1970s but their songs were revived in the 1990s when REM and Wet Wet Wet released covers of the Troggs' "Love Is All Around."

Presley founded the Troggs in the 1960s and they kept touring until his lung cancer was diagnosed just over a year ago. He had recently retired because of the cancer.
In memory, here is their signature hit:

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