On April 17, 1966, The Troggs released their version of “Wild Thing”. The song w…

Written by on April 17, 2018

On April 17, 1966, The Troggs released their version of “Wild Thing”. The song was written by New York City-born songwriter Chip Taylor, and originally recorded by an American band The Wild Ones in 1965.

The Troggs version of “Wild Thing” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966. The song peaked at No. 2 in Britain.

As performed by The Troggs, “Wild Thing” is ranked #261 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Troggs’ version was recorded in mono in one piece on the second take at Olympic Studios, which was then at Carton Street, off Baker Street in London, was produced by Larry Page and engineered by Keith Grant.

Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs’ single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach No. 1 for two companies.

On the Atco label, “Wild Thing” is credited (incorrectly) to Reg Presley, The Troggs’ lead vocalist, and “With a Girl Like You”, its flip side to Chip Taylor. The author credits are reversed. On the Fontana label, “Wild Thing” is credited to Chip Taylor and the flip contains a different song, “From Home”, credited to Reg Presley. The Fontana label credits production to Page One Productions, England, while the Atco label credits production as “A Larry Page Production, Recorded in England”.

The picture is of the incorrectly labeled (credited) Atco 45.

Gee, wouldn’t it be interesting if the records producer, Larry Page would give us all some more insight into the recording of this classic? (hint hint Larry)

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