Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball) on 12th June 1941 was a prominent singer/songwriter and lead singer with the rock n roll 60s band The Troggs. Best known for their single “Wild Thing” and their follow up, and only UK number one single, “With a Girl Like You”.
His stage name was given to him in 1965 by his friend and NME journalist and publicist Keith Altham, who told Zani today :
“He was a cross between a rock and roll star and a country yokel from Andover in Wiltshire - one of the most loved, endearing and enduring singers from the Sixties. A cuddly teddy bear of a man with a penchant for extra terrestrial phenomena and other hokum but conversely a down to earth family man with a loved wife Brenda of some forty years and a son and daughter. He will much missed by all of them and the music business in general.”
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