Troggs lead singer Reg Presley wrote this in about 10 minutes. He was inspired by the Joy Strings Salvation Army band he'd seen on TV. The song is a gentle folk ballad and a far cry from The Troggs previous hit "Wild Thing."
Reg Presley's real name is Reginald Ball,he adopted the name of Presley in 1966 as a publicity stunt.
In 1994 this became a huge hit when Wet Wet Wet covered it for the movie Four Weddings And A Funeral. The band chose it over Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You" even though some of their members hadn't heard it before. Their version was UK #1 for 15 weeks and became the best selling single in the UK in 1994.
The UK record for longest stay at #1 is held by Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You)." Wet Wet Wet's record company tried to tie this record by announcing they were pulling the single after 16 weeks, hoping people would rush out to buy it. The plan failed and Whigfield knocked them out of #1 with "Saturday Night." Wet Wet Wet claimed they asked their record company to pull the song because they were sick of it. Their version does hold the record for most weeks at #1 for a UK based act. In the US it reached #41.
When this was revived by Wet Wet Wet, Reg Presley got massive royalties as the songwriter. He denoted the proceeds to crop circle research.
R.E.M. did a cover of this as well, which they played on an episode of MTV Unplugged. The video for this can be found on their VHS/DVD This Film Is On, featuring all the videos for the songs off their 1991 album Out Of Time.
Presley recalled the inspiration for the song in the July 2011 edition of Mojo magazine: "I got back from America, I smelt the Sunday lunch cooking (inhales deeply), phaaaaw - after about 25 years on burgers - I kissed my wife, my little daughter, four years old. We went into the lounge and those Salvation Girls, The Joystrings, were on television, banging their tambourines and singing something, 'Love, love,' love.' I went over to turn it off, knelt down and hearing that 'Love, love' I got a bass line, (sings) 'doom, doomdoom, doomdoom, doomdoom, doom,' and I got: 'I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. My wife, my kid… And so the feeling grows.'"
Victoria Semenenko George Michael's Baby from UkraineIn Wet Wet Wet official video for a song actually taken from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" there's not a model but Andy McDowell as an actress. And by the way in my life I really acted a bridemate exactly four times!
Victoria Semenenko George Michael's Baby from UkraineGot to notice that actually Wet Wet Wet songs are a kind of extention for George Michael's ones likely explaining what was really happening between us in term of emotional connection.
Howard from St. Louis Park, Mn It's definitely the antithesis of The Troggs first big hit "Wild Thing." It is a very pretty song and one of the best love songs of the late 60s.
Camille from Toronto, OhHere's an amazing song that you don't hear often enough on oldies radio. The song is sung in such a way that you could imagine your lover whispering the lyrics into your ear. It makes it seem calming and mysterious at the same time. I love when it says "there's no beginning, there'll be no end", perfect words in a love song. When you are truly in love with someone, it feels as tho you've always loved them and always will. This is one of those songs that made the 60s fabulous. Uh, it's just this year, 2013, tho, that I found it's sung by The Troggs, famous for "Wild Thing". Never knew!
Sharon from Calais, MeI can remember this song when I was growing up in the late sixties and early seventies. I loved it then and still do. It was one of those songs that would come to mind every now and then. WET WET WET did a great remake of this song also.
Super from Asheville, NcI have always wondered who the girl was in the "Love is All Around You" video. A model or just a pretty actress? Where is she now? Not a stalker, just a trivia nut.
Chantiel from Bakersfeild, United Stateswhen i was down my boyfriend house he played love is all around me, and i ask him who is singing that song, i fell in love with the lyrics all of my problems went away after hearing the Troggs play and in my heart i felt so much love, CHANTIEL GONZALEZ
Brenda from Wayne, Ok"Love is All Around" was 'our song' in the 60's and being very sentimental...my sweetie bought an original "Love is All Around" album, put out by Fontana records in 1967/68, as a Christmas present for me. It is one of my prized possessions...besides the sentimental sweetie. Also, I noticed that I have some of the songs that you don't have the lyrics for on this album. If I can find a stereo or record player for the album, I'll try to share the lyrics with you...if you'd like. Keep up the good work for all us baby boomers...Hi School Sr. 1969...senior citizen 2006!
Pete from Nowra, Australiagreat song ,.... played a lot at weddings here in Australia...beleive the band sacked their lead singer due to drug problems
Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumThis is a very beautiful song, the cover of Wet Wet Wet is also good, but I prefer the original from the Troggs, always nice to hear it again.
Henning from Oslo, NorwayReg Presley was not the bass guitar player in The Troggs. He was the vocalist(lead singer). Pete Staples was the bass player, Ronnie Bond was the drummer and Chris Britton played electric guitar.