Hello, The Troggs are a British rock and roll band from Andover, England. Members included, Reg Presley (who was born Reginald Ball), Chris Britton, Pete Staples and Ronnie Bullis. The group was formed in 1964 and were signed by the manager of The Kinks, Larry Page in 1965.
The Troggs first hit in the US made it Billboard Hot 100 debut on June 25, 1966. That record of course is their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame song, WILD THING. The single on Atco Records and also on Fontana Records became a huge hit as it climbed the Hot 100 to #1 and remained on the chart for 11 weeks. WILD THING quickly became a garage rock standard and has remained popular through the years, and is still in rotation on oldies radio today. There was a dispute over distribution rights in the US, that’s why the record was released on both Atco and Fontana Records. WILD THING charted at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. The “B” side of the single in the US was WITH A GIRL LIKE YOU, it charted at #29 on the Hot 100. In the UK, WITH A GIRL LIKE YOU became a #1 hit record in July of 1966.
In October of 1966 The Troggs next single charted on the Hot 100 and again because of distribution rights the single was on both Atco and Fontana Records. I CAN’T CONTROL MYSELF became a #43 hit in the US and a #2 hit record in the UK. The Troggs final Billboard Hot 100 hit charted in February of 1968. LOVE IS ALL AROUND was issued on Fontana Records and stayed on the Hot 100 longer than any previous Troggs hit, at 16 weeks. The single climbed to #7 on the Hot 100 and reached #5 in the UK.
The Troggs, failing to chart any further hit records, disbanded in 1969. The band members released solo efforts and later in 1969 they re-formed with Tony Murray replacing Pete Staples but failed to chart any hit records. Three of The Troggs single records sold over 1 million copies each, they are: WILD THING…WITH A GIRL LIKE YOU…LOVE IS ALL AROUND…they were awarded “Gold Records”. In 1994, the Scottish band, Wet Wet Wet’s version of LOVE IS ALL AROUND as featured in the movie “Four Weddings And A Funeral” charted at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 20 weeks.
Ronnie Bullis (Drums) passed away in 1992 at the age of 51 and another founding member Dave Wright (vocals and Rhythm Guitar) died in 2008 at the age of 64. The Troggs are viewed as a highly influential band whose “garage rock” sound inspired bands like The Ramones and artists such as Iggy Pop. WILD THING is a rock anthem whose popularity remains as strong today as it did back in 1966…another “classic” hit from “THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”
Till the next time—Joe