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Reg Presley
 Reg Presley
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Reg Presley
Reginald Maurice Ball
June 12th 1941 - February 4th 2013

from wikipedia:
Reg Presley, singer of the influential English garage-rock band the Troggs,
died last night at home in Andover, England, after a year-long battle with lung cancer,
The Associated Press reports. He was 71.

 Reg Presley

With Presley's primal voice, gritty guitar riffs and bludgeoning drums,
the Troggs were part of the British Invasion wave of bands that included
the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and the Who.

On songs like their 1966 single "Wild Thing," the band helped to define
garage rock in the Sixties and inspired the architects of what would evolve
into punk rock in the Seventies, including Iggy Pop, the Buzzcocks and the Ramones.

One of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: The Troggs, 'Wild Thing'

"Wild Thing," written by Chip Taylor, was a Number One hit for the Troggs in the U.S.
The follow-up single, "With a Girl Like You," topped the charts in four countries,
including the U.K.; while their 1967 single "Love Is All Around," later covered by Wet Wet Wet,
reached the Top 10 in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. All three songs have sold more than one million copies.

Born Reg Ball, the singer was working as a bricklayer when he helped found
the Troggs in Andover in 1964, adopting the name "Presley" at the suggestion
of the band's manager. The band released just 11 studio albums over the years,
but the Troggs frequently toured, and Presley fronted various incarnations of the group
until last year, when he retired after receiving the cancer diagnosis.

He also had an interest in crop circles, UFOs and other paranormal activity.

Presley is survived by his wife, son and daughter, who were with him when he died.

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