George Matthews wrote:wild thing!!!!!!!!!! written by Reg, adopted by Jimi
Just a slight correction..written by Chip Taylor (AKA James Wesley Voight, younger brother of actor Jon Voight and uncle of Angelina Jolie), adopted by Reg, Jimi, and others.
Among other Chip Taylor songs that were made popular by other artists was "Angel of the Morning" (first made popular by Merrilee Rush and later also covered by Juice Newton and others).
The Wild Ones were the first band to release Wild Thing as a record, about 6 months before the Troggs did... A YouTube search of Wild Thing + Wild Ones will provide audio of the original record... An interesting version, but there's no way I'm giving up the Troggs or Jimi for it..