announces his retirement from performing. Band has been a key influence on
everyone from Jimi Hendrix to the MC5 to Spiritualized.
By Fred Mills
Sad news arrived today for fans of seminal Brit Invasion (and
proto-punk) combo The Troggs: longtime singer Reg Presley announced on the band’s official site that
was retiring in the wake of a lung cancer diagnosis he received in December
after becoming ill at a concernt.
Wrote Presley, “I am receiving chemotherapy treatment and at the moment
not feeling too bad. However I’ve had to call time on The Troggs and retire. I
would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the cards and calls
and for your love, loyalty and support over the years.”
It’s been quite a run for the band, which formed in 1964, starting with a
string of mid ‘60s hits including classic thug-rocker “Wild Thing” as well as “With
A Girl Like You” and “I Can’t Control Myself,” all million sellers. Over the
years the group broke up and reunited several times, with Presley remaining a
constant presence at the helm, touring steadily, primarily in Europe.
Among the bands that have covered The Troggs: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Buzzcocks,
MC5, Wet Wet Wet and Spiritualized.