Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball, 12 June 1941) is an English singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer with prominent 1960s rock and roll band The Troggs, whose best known hit was “Wild Thing“, though their only UK number one single was the follow-up “With a Girl Like You“. He was born at 17 Belle Vue Road, Andover, Hampshire.
His most famous composition is “Love Is All Around“. Wet Wet Wet‘s 1994 cover stayed at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for fifteen weeks. Presley used hisroyalties from that cover to fund his research into crop circles and outlined his findings in a book, Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us, published in October 2002.
On 14 December 2011, Presley was hospitalized in Winchester, England, with what was suspected to be a stroke. He was also suffering from pneumonia and fluid around the heart. Presley had suffered a major stroke about a year before. His wife said he first began to feel bad while performing in Germany on 3 December 2011, and had got progressively worse. “Doctors think he has had another stroke. He’s not very well and I have no idea how long he’ll be in hospital”, she said.
Reg Presley appears as a character in American Writer Steve Erickson‘s novel These Dreams of You (2012). 
On 24 January 2012, Presley announced he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and therefore decided to retire from the music industry.
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