reg-presley dead at 71Reg Presley, singer of English garage-rock band the Troggs, died Monday night at home in Andover, England, after a year-long battle with lung cancer, according to The Associated Press. He was 71.

The Troggs were part of the British Invasion that include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, and the Kinks. The band helped define the sound of the 60’s with their 1966 hit “Wild Thing”. It’s a song that Rolling Stone magazine list at 257 from their 500 greatest songs of all time. Reg Presley and the Troggs helped pave the way with their style defined as garage rock that would evolve to punk rock in the 70’s led in part by Iggy Pop and the Ramones.

“Wild Thing,” written by Chip Taylor, was a Number One hit for the Troggs in the U.S. Their 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 a rendition by R.E.M), reached the Top 10 in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. All three songs have sold more than one million copies.

Reg Presley (real name Reg Ball), was originally a bricklayer when starting the Troggs in 1964. The last name “Presley” came at suggestion of the band’s manager. During their career Reg Presley and the Troggs released 11 studio albums and frequently toured. Presley even fronted various incarnations of the band until last year, when he retired after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Before his death, Reg Presley suffered a series of strokes, pneumonia which many felt contributed to his death as the lung cancer was just too much for his body to handle. Presley had great interest in UFO’s and paranormal activity.

Presley is survived by his wife, son and daughter, who were with him at the time of his death.

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