From Andover, Hampshire, UK, The Troggs (shortened from The Troglodytes) were Reg Presley (vocals), Chris Britton (guitar), Pete Staples (bass), and Ronnie Bond (drums). They had a couple of US hits between 1966 and 1969. Their biggest hit in the US was “Wild Thing”; It reached #1 in both the US and the UK in early 1966.
Our first song is “With A Girl Like You,” which followed “Wild Thing” into the Top 40 in 1966. It reached #1 in the UK and #29 in the US.
Our second song is “Love Is All Around,” from 1967. It went as high as #7 in the US and #5 in the UK.
By 1969, the band had lost its appeal as a Top 40 band, and disbanded briefly as Bond, Presley and Britton all recorded solo projects. They reformed later that year, with Tony Murray replacing Staples on bass. They released a cover of “Good Vibrations” in 1974 and a reggae version of “Wild Thing,” both of which failed to chart.
In 1991, The Troggs and Athens, Georgia’s R. E. M. recorded Andover Athens, an eleven-song collaboration released in 1992. Bond died in 1992, and Presley retired in January 2012 due to lung cancer; he died in February 2013. Britton, Pete Lucas (bass), Dave Maggs (drums), and Chris Allen, who replaced Presley on vocals, have continued to tour. Their website has all the information on future performances as well as the current lineup and a full discography. It lists Queen’s Brian May (who celebrated his birthday Sunday) as an honorary member, as Dr. Brian May, CBE.
The Troggs, your Two for Tuesday, July 21, 2015.