June 2, 2019
“Wild Thing” is one of those songs that is so simple that thousands of local bands have included it in their sets. Even Reg Presley, the lead singer of the British band, The Troggs, thought it was overly simplistic.
The Troggs quickly found out that simple is best, at least in America, as “Wild Thing” reached number on the Billboard Top 100, July 30, 1966, and remained there for two weeks. Their only other top ten hit was the beautiful ballad, “Love Is All Around,” which proved they were not a one track pony.
The oddity of their number one song was both the Fontana and Atco labels had the band signed to contracts, so both released the song as a single. It was the only number one song to be released on two different labels.
July 10, 2017
Chip Taylor may be an artist you may not have heard of but he is an artist you probably have heard.
He is one of the latest inductees into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. His career has now reached the 60 year mark as it stretches back to his big 1960’s hit by the Troggs, “Wild Thing. Hundreds of songs have followed that have spread out into rock, country, and folk. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Dusty Spring, and Frank Sinatra are just a few of the artists who have recorded his songs.
He has also been a consistent presence in the studio; producing consistent, melodic, and lyrically incisive music. His solo albums tend to be laid back affairs that are comfortable in a country of folk music setting.
His newest release, A Song I Can Live With, is a lot lighter than his recent releases. He used a stream of consciousness approach in the creation of the songs. Songs such as “Crazy Girl,” “New York In Between,” “Save Your Blues And Your Money,” and “Little Angel Wings,”
December 20, 2010
Chip Taylor has released twenty studio albums dating back to the 1960’s but only one has charted on The United States country charts. Five of his singles have also charted on the country charts as well.
His given name is John Wesley Voight. He is the brother of Jon Voight and uncle of Angelina Jolie.
His greatest claim to fame is as a composer. His most famous songs are “Angel Of The Morning,” “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)” and “Wild Thing.”
“Wild Thing” was made famous by The Troggs who had a number one hit with it during during 1966 and a live performance by Jimi Hendrix during 1967.
He released his own version but his country approach was mild compared to the more famous releases. It may have failed to chart but he continues to collect royalties from one of the most covered rock songs of all time.