Wrote the song Wild Thing. He was lead singer for 1960s rock and roll band The Troggs for whom the song was a hit.
He was a bricklayer before going on to write such memorable songs as Love Is All Around from the film Four Weddings and a Funeral from 1994.
He appeared as a character in the novel The Dreams of You by Steve Erickson.
His wife first noticed his declining health in 2011.
He influenced folk singer Bob Dylan.