NME reported today that Reg Presley, frontman of The Troggs, died of cancer at age 71. Presley died February 4 in the comfort of family members in his hometown of Andover, Hampshire, UK. During a tour of Germany this past December, Presley was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Formed in 1964, the British band had success with their well-known 1966 hit “Wild Thing”. Their song “With A Girl Like You” was the band’s only number one hit. Although they split in 1969, they soon reunited and remained a band until Reg Presley announced his retirement this December due to health issues.
“Wild Thing” remains to be one of the most famous influential rock & roll songs ever. Check out some famous versions below: