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article imageTroggs frontman Reg Presley dies aged 71

By Eileen Kersey     Feb 5, 2013 in Entertainment
Andover - Frontman of sixties band The Troggs, Reg Presley, has died aged 71. Reg was the writer of 'Love Is All Around', one of the biggest selling singles of all time.
Reg Presley was born Reginald Maurice Ball on June 12, 1941. He died in the early hours of February 4, 2013. Born in Andover, Hampshire, Reg stayed a 'local' in spite of his fame.
Reg died following extensive treatment for lung cancer. This battle with cancer finally led to his retirement. Until 2011 he was still performing. Announcing his retirement, in 2011, Reg told fans, "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. I shall miss you all."
Sadly Reg also suffered a series of strokes in the last couple of years. He died at home in Andover. His wife Brenda and close family members were with him.
Reg Presley
will be memorable to baby boomers for his antics as lead singer with sixties band The Troggs. 'Wild Thing' was their sixties notable winner. It hit the number one spot in the US charts and number two in the UK. Later recorded by the legendary Jimi Hendrix It became a cult classic.
The Troggs had other hits such as 'With a girl like you' but 'Wild thing' remains their stand-out number. Reg however had more recent fame when his composition 'Love is all around' was recorded by Wet Wet Wet. In 1994 their cover version of this song stayed at the No.1 position, of the UK Singles Chart, for fifteen weeks. Hardly surprising as it was the theme song for the highly successful movie, of the same year, 'Four weddings and a funeral'.
Reg received a huge amount of royalties on the back of this chart success. He was extremely interested in the possibility of aliens and crop circles. With the wealth of royalties 'Love is all around' made he funded research into crop circles. He went on to publish a book, in 2002, about extraterrestrial forces called 'Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us'.
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