DJ remembers working with The Troggs in Plymouth as tributes pour in for Reg Presley
A Plymouth man who 'warmed-up' for The Troggs when they played Plymouth in the mid-80s has been reminiscing as news of the lead-singer's death was announced today.
Reg Presley died yesterday aged 71 after a protracted battle with cancer.
Plymouth's DJ Davy was a professional DJ/MC for several decades - working with some of the top names in the music industry.
Among them, and among his favourites, was Reg Presley and The Troggs.
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Davy said: "Being a professional DJ/MC for a few decades saw me work with many, many name live bands, and new up and coming bands.
"In 1986 or 87 I had just returned from Norway and was hired to DJ a series of 'back to the 60s' gigs by the owner of Monroe's - the former Top Rank Suite or Majestic - I was known as DJ Davy or DJ David Symons back then.
"One gig I was particularly looking forward to was by the Troggs. I always loved their music when I was a kid.
"On gig days in the 70s and 80s it was very usual for the DJ to be around when the bands were setting up.
"My first sight of Reg Presley was really memorable. He was stood casually in the middle of the vast dance floor with a microphone berating the sound guys with some choice swear words thrown in to statements like "Turn that up" "turn that down"
"Ever the one to not 'hero worship' I gingerly approached Reg and introduced myself as the DJ for the night - he said "Olright my luvver let's hev a paaaaarty then" in a thick Westcountry accent! He asked what I would be playing and how many people were expected...Nice bloke ... Wild Thing? No.
"The evening came around and by then most of us had had a few beers and I got to introduce The Troggs!
"Besides it being a rip roaring great gig with Reg resplendent in leather trousers there were quite a few "on mic" funny moments... The stage was in such a position that people could stand behind the band. One tipsy lady in the crowd was leaning over the stage behind the drummer Ronnie Bond trying to kiss said drummer around the ear - this was during Love Is All Around I so remember Ronnie missing a beat here and there with Reg Presley berating rather loudly "Play faster you *****" - everyone laughed out loud, really loud and many a tear of laughter was wiped away. It was one of those "gig magic moments"
"I always liked The Troggs when I was a kid - not just Wild Thing all of their songs, they had a certain edgy punk like quality to the 60s beat
"Reg made a point of popping over and saying "Thanks" at the end of their set - I didn't have the nerve to ask for a photograph which I regret.
"I still have the original ticket to the gig complete with my name on it.
"Working with live bands was always special to me - famous and not famous. I still tell the story of The Troggs in Plymouth."
Reg Presley, born Reginald Maurice Ball, was a singer-songwriter and the lead singer with The Troggs.
Their best known hit was "Wild Thing", but their only UK number one single was the follow-up "With a Girl Like You".
His most famous track is "Love Is All Around", which was covered by Wet Wet Wet in 1994 and stayed at No. 1 for 15 weeks.
Reg Presley used his royalties 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.