Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Reg Presley Dead: 'Wild Thing' Singer Dies Of Cancer At 71

There are very few songs that almost everyone in the world knows at least one line of, but The Troggs' cover of the song Wild Thing is one of those songs. Talk about making a career out of one song. If you are going to make a career out of one song, this is the one song to do it with. It was first sung by the band back in 1966. The original recording made in 1965 did not even make a blip on the radar screen. Reg Presley made it his own. He died outside of London yesterday at the age of 71.

18 comments:

ReesesPeace said...

RIP Wild Thing...you made everything groovy! =)

I would...still would!...sing this to my niece and nephews (and other kids of close friends) when they were being wild. I also sang it to my great-niece.

B. Profane said...

Love the Mod look. I watched Quadrophenia after the Super Bowl and got off on the whole retro Mod thing.

Tuxedo Cat said...

That was a great song, and is still considered cool! That's quite an accomplishment.

ZORBITOR said...

He played a sweet potato!

MISCH said...

Love that song...RIP

Schmucky Putz said...

I never new that song was a cover.

Hendrix used to do a great version of the tune also; but Sam Kinison's rendition will always be the best!

auntliddy said...

Good journey my friend.

auntliddy said...

Oh and cancer SUCKS!!

StewMcG said...

Ah man, RIP. I love The Troggs just because they wrote our wedding song ("Love is All Around".) We ended up using the cover by Wet Wet Wet because we wanted a slow first dance song. Very sad. :(

Where's Shelly? said...

Wow, so many men are dieing between 70 and 75!

Discobitch said...

Rip reg!! Maybe now you'll find out if there really are UFOs out there :)

*salute*

Dulcinea said...

I bought a 45 of this single one summer while being stuck at my grandmother's house...she told me that the beat of the song made her think of a gorilla bouncing a basketball. Now that's automatically what I think of when I hear this song! Miss you, Grandma. And yes, cancer definitely needs to crawl in a hole and die.

CraftyGirl said...

@Dulcinea - I love that story!!

It was only 5 years ago I heard "A Girl Like You" by them for the first time. I couldn't believe that I had never heard it before. I think the Troggs are a little underrated - at least in my generation (x).

shakey said...

I sang this song at my cousin's wedding.

CraftyGirl - is that the same song Edwyin Collins sings? Had no idea it was a Troggs song.

Jeri said...

Great Song!

Too bad I thought that was William Shatner at first. Sorry Reg, you don't deserve that.

PookieTwo said...

Classic song most don't realize was written by Chip Voight, Jon's brother and Angelina's uncle. A talented songwriter and all-around great guy.

RIP Reg.

Lelaina Pierce said...

StewMcG - love that song! It reminds me of Love Actually. :)

bonnie blue-blade said...

.way before my time but loved this when I was a kid...RIP Reg