Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs, has announced that he is suffering from lung cancer and retiring from the music business.

On the group's official website, Presley wrote:

As you all know I was taken ill whilst doing a gig in Germany in December. During my stay in hospital tests showed that in fact I have lung cancer. I am receiving chemotherapy treatment and at the moment not feeling too bad.

However I’ve had to call time on The Troggs and retire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the cards and calls and for your love, loyalty and support over the years.

A big thank you to Jackie for running the fan club and keeping you all up to speed, and a huge and special thank you to Chris, Pete and Dave.

I shall miss you all.

Lots of Love


The group formed in 1964 and had a series of hits in both the U.S. and Britain including Wild Thing, With a Girl Like You, I Can't Control Myself and Love is All Around.