Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Troggs---"Love is All Around" and "Peggy Sue" (1967-68)

The Troggs, a band from Hampshire in England, had their last major US hit in May 1968 with this one. It got to was Number 7 that month in the States and made it to number two in the UK.
(Reg Presley (b. Reginald Maurice Ball, June 12, 1943, Andover, Hampshire, England): lead vocals
Chris Britton (b. Charles Christopher Britton, January 21, 1945, Watford, Hertfordshire, England): guitar
Pete Staples (b. May 3, 1944, Andover, Hampshire, England): bass
Ronnie Bond (b. Ronald James Bullis, May 4, 1943, Andover, Hampshire, England; d. November 13th, 1992, Winchester, Hampshire, England): drums)
From Wikipedia:
The Troggs formed in 1964 and were signed by the manager of the Kinks, Larry Page in 1965. They recorded on Page's Page One Records, and Page also leased them to CBS for debut single "Lost Girl".[3] Their most famous hit was the single "Wild Thing" (written by Chip Taylor) (the song on the b-side of the single depended on the country where it was sold), which with the help of television exposure on Thank Your Lucky Stars reached number 2 in the UK and number 1 in the United States in July1966. Its combination of a simple heavy guitar riff and flirtatious lyrics helped it to quickly become a garage rock standard. It was recorded in one complete take (take two) at Olympic Studios in London, with Keith Grant engineering. Because of a dispute over US distribution rights, "Wild Thing" was released (along with the first album of the same name) on two labels: Fontana and Atco.[4] The band's success in the US was also limited by not touring there until 1968.[5]

And here's a live performance from 1968 for a London based music show---and a very nice cover on a Buddy Holly tune.


  1. Ahh those Englishmen, they came up with the best songs back in the day. I was only 13 when this song came out, but I had the biggest crush on my older brother's friend and I well remember this song haha!! (the first video)

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane Doug. :-)

  2. You're most welcome. There's are songs from this era that bring to mind crushes, unrequited and otherwise, with me too.

  3. I note the sad passing of Reg Presley to cancer yesterday at age 71.