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RIP The Troggs' Singer Reg Presley

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Reg Presley sang lead on what is probably the most-covered sixties-era pop song of all time, “Wild Thing.” And now he’s dead. The Troggs’ vocalist has passed away on February 4th, 2013 at age 71 after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Read an engaging obituary recalling Presley’s life and career at This Link. Trivia: “Wild Thing” was written by Angelina Jolie’s uncle!

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RIP The Troggs’ Singer Reg Presley

Reg Presley Young
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Reg Presley sang lead on what is probably the most-covered sixties-era pop song of all time, “Wild Thing.” And now he’s dead. The Troggs’ vocalist has passed away on February 4th, 2013 at age 71 after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Read an engaging obituary recalling Presley’s life and career at This Link. Trivia: “Wild Thing” was written by Angelina Jolie’s uncle!

RIP, Donna Summer

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Someone Left the Cake Out In The Rain

Disco legend Donna Summer has passed away today, May 17th, 2012, after a brief battle with Lung Cancer. She was 63 years old. Favorite Donna Summer Songs: “On The Radio” and “MacArthur Park Suite.”

Remembering Sandy West on Her Birthday

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Sandy West, drummer for The Runaways was born on this day, July 10th in 1959. Sadly, Sandy passed away from lung cancer on October 21, 2006; providing us with another excellent reason to quit smoking.

Sandy West, Runaways Drummer and band Co-Founder, Succumbs to Lung Cancer

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10/21/06 – Los Angeles, CA.

Sandy West, drummer for the influential 70s band The Runaways, died Saturday, October 21, 2006 after a long battle with lung cancer.

She left an indelible mark on rock music as a founding member of The Runaways, which featured fellow rockers Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, and as a leading inspiration for a number of notable musicians, both male and female. Many young musicians can trace their inspiration directly to the first time they heard “Cherry Bomb.”

The Runaways toured the world several times, often headlining with opening acts like Tom Petty and Cheap Trick. Their discography includes over 60 albums, singles, bootlegs and compilations. Their music has been included in dozens of rock and punk collections, has appeared in several feature films including Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and Detroit Rock City, and and has been covered by numerous bands, from The Street Walkin’ Cheetahs to Guns ‘N’ Roses. They were nominated for the Hollywood Rock Walk, and bootlegs of Runaways performances are still highly prized amongst rock and roll collectors around the world.

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