The Troggs [1964-2012]

The Troggs  was another popular band that made the ’60s “beat” music memorable among the youth of the time.  They were best known for their 1966 hit “Wild Thing” and “Love is all Around” [1967] Btw, here’s another version of Wild Thing by Sam Kinison with Steven Tyler, Slash, Billy Idol, and Tommy Lee…

‘The Troggs formed in 1964, Reg Presley (Lead vocals), Chris Britton (Lead guitar), Pete Staples (Bass guitar) and Ronnie Bond (Drums). They were signed by the Kinks manager in 1965. The band’s original drummer, Ronnie Bond, died on 13 November 1992. Dave Wright, another founding member, died on 10 October 2008. Reg Presley died on 4 February 2013 at age 71 after retiring  in January 2012  after over 40 years of touring.  Reg Presley retired due to lung cancer, apparently ending the Troggs. Presley’s death at his home in Andover, Hampshire, came just over a year after he announced that he had lung cancer and had to retire.

However, the remaining members, Chris Britton (guitar), Pete Lucas (bass) and Dave Maggs (drums), plan to continue the Troggs and are going back on the road. They are joined by Chris Allen on lead vocals, who has been in the Denny Laine Band, the Commitments and part-time with the Animals.’ obituary

Though the band performed in Scotland several times, here are their early tour dates in Scotland as listed at :

Wed 5/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Odeon, Glasgow, Lanarkhire, Scotland
Thu 6/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Caird Hall, Dundee, Angus, Scotland
Fri 7/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: ABC, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Note: The Troggs shared a bill with My Dear Watson [AKA The Copycats] 17/18 Sep 1970. They performed in Dingwall, Scotland. Setlist at the time included Give it to Me, From Home, Feels Like a Woman, Strange Movies, Any Way That You Want Me, Love Is All Around, With a Girl Like You, Wild Thing, I Can’t Control Myself.


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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