Wild Thing Ocarina Solo

Sad news today with the passing of Reg Presley, the voice behind the legendary Wild Thing by The Troggs. It’s a brilliant song – whatever the version of it you listen to, but there’s one thing about the original that really grabs me: the Wild Thing ocarina solo. I can’t imagine what it must have been like when they were first recording it when one of the guys said, “Hey, why don’t we have an ocarina solo!” Not exactly the most rock of instruments, but a brilliant decision. According to Wikipedia, the middle eight was originally someone whistling, but in The Troggs’ version this was replaced by Colin Fretcher, musical director, playing the ocarina. Vale Reg Presley, and thanks for giving the ocarina its moment in the sun!

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