The origin of heavy metal is a very fuzzy thing, but most historians and fans alike can agree that Black Sabbath’s eponymous 1970 debut was the first true heavy metal album. Its thunderous drums, sinister riffs and downright evil lyrics left little to be debated, but what we wanted to know was this: What was the heaviest song before Black Sabbath?
Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs, died Monday night at age 71. The Troggs, a band from Andover in southern England, were best known for their 1960s hits "Wild Thing," "Love Is All Around" (written by Presley) and "With a Girl Like You." Presley's publicist, Keith Altham, announced Monday night that Presley died after a bout with cancer. He died at his home in Andover, which is about 70 miles west of London.