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Reg Presley, the lead singer for the Troggs, has died at age 71. He is best known for his vocals on the group’s hit “Wild Thing,” which remains a garage rock staple.
According to The Associated Press, Keith Altham, his agent, announced Presley’s death on Facebook Monday night.
“My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today,” Altham wrote. He called the singer “one very real person in a sometimes very unreal world.”
The Troggs were a member of the same ‘60s British Invasion that brought U.S. music fans The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and others, but the group had a different sound, which helped propel 1966’s “Wild Thing” into Rock ‘n’ Roll history.
Rolling Stone reports that the Chip Taylor-written single hit No. 1 in the U.S. and was followed by “With a Girl Like You.” They scored another hit with “Love Is All Around,” which was later covered by R.E.M.
Presley, whose real name was Reg Ball, was the group’s driving force, founding the group in 1964. They released 11 albums and continued to tour until fairly recently. He retired last year when he was diagnosed with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.