The lead singer for the British rock group The Troggs – Reg Presley – died February 4 at the age of 71 as a result of cancer. Presley died at his home in Andover Hampshire, England surrounded by his family.
The Troggs were a part of the sixties British invasion with their hit “Wild Thing”. The Troggs also had the hits “With a Girl Like You” and “Love is All Around”. Fans of the sports comedy film “Major League” will recognize the song “Wild Thing” as the theme song for Charlie Sheen's character Ricky Vaughn. The song used in the film was a version recorded by a Los Angeles band and not the original Troggs version.
Though Presley and his bandmates cannot be heard on the version of “Wild Thing” heard in “Major League”, they can be heard on a number of other films and televion shows including “Ready Steady Go”, “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Four Weddings and a Furneral”, “Love Actually”, “The Zodiac”, “It Takes Two”, and “Pirate Radio”.
He was born Reginald Maurice Ball on June 12, 1941 in Andover, England – a place he called home his entire life. Prior to joining The Troggs, Presley – a name given him by his manager – was a bricklayer. The band's name was originally the Troglodytes.
When he wasn't making music, Presley had a fascination with the paranormal – specifically UFO's and crop circles. He claimed to have personally seen over a dozen UFO's. He also has written a book on the subject. Presley also dabbled in acting.
Presley is survived by his mother, his wife of over 50 years Brenda, children Karen and Jason, and five grandchildren.