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Murray Cook
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Full Name

Murray Cook

Born

June 30, 1960
Cowra, New South Wales, Australia

Height

6' 3½" (1.92 m)

Role

Murray Wiggle

Spouse

Meg Munro (1990 - present)

Children

Georgia Munro-Cook
Hamish Munro-Cook

Years active

1985 - 2012

"Murray Cook" is an Australian guitarist who was formerly known as the red Wiggle of The Wiggles being their lead guitarist. He started playing the Guitar at age 11. As a teenager he performed in musicals and local bands. He is the second tallest Wiggle, slightly shorter than Greg Page.

Early Musical Projects

Murray Cook played the guitar in the late '80s with "The Transistors" and "Finger Guns" (who released three singles) before joining the Sydney-based band Bang Shang a Lang. He continued to play for this band in Sydney, when not on tour with The Wiggles. When things did not work out in the music field for him, he returned to college and studied early childhood education at Macquarie University, where he met Anthony Field and Greg Page and formed The Wiggles in 1991. He performed as a Wiggle from 1991 to 2012 and loved every minute of it, quoting "Children are the best audiences!" He was a music teacher at Kegworth Public School in Leichhardt in 1991 and was a tutor in early education and taught at Macquarie University in 1992. Cook's schtick in The Wiggles was an obsession with playing the guitar. He was conscious that he was probably the first guitarist children would see, and said, "I always think that if it inspires kids to play guitar later on that would be great. I think it would be really nice if in 15 years I read that somebody got into guitar playing because of the Wiggles. I know that would be fantastic." When asked what his favorite Wiggles song was, he stated, "Play Your Guitar with Murray, of course. When we play that song live I get to play like a rock 'n roll star."

Cook's major musical influences are The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Eric Clapton. In 2008, Cook was named "the sixth best guitarist in Australia".

Cook owns a collection of thirty vintage guitars.

Onstage, he used the Australian-made Maton Mastersound 500 guitar. He also played a '53 Gibson Les Paul gold top, '64 Fender Strat, James Burton Fender Telecaster, Maton Mastersound 500 and a more recent Les Paul at home or in the studio. The amplifiers he used were the Marshall Head and Box Combo, the Fender Twin and a Bad Cat, which he bought while in the U.S. and said had a "great sound." Cook, whose nickname is Muzz, came up with The Wiggles' signature index finger-wagging move after watching professional bowlers do the move on television. Murray left the group in 2012; since then he has made cameos and played instruments on tour with Greg Page and Jeff Fatt and temporally replaced by Simon Pryce, to spend more time with his family and friends. In 2013 Murray became the Tour Manager for The Wiggles Australia Tour and is making cameos in The Wiggles' TV series Ready Steady Wiggle.

Song Credits

The Wiggles

  • Get Ready To Wiggle - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Greg Page, John Field)
  • Dorothy The Dinosaur - Composition (w/John Field)
  • Lavenders Blue - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • Montezuma - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • A Froggy He Would A-Wooing Go - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • Maranoa Lullaby - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • Star Lullaby - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • Okki Tokki Unga - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • O Epoe Tooki Tooki - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • Vini Vini - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • Johnny Works With One Hammer - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • This Old Man - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)
  • Suo Gan - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Phillip Wilcher)

Here Comes A Song

  • I Knew A Cricket - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Uncle Noah's Ark - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Dorothy's Birthday Party - Composition
  • Bert The Wombat - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Henry The Octopus - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field)
  • Poseje Mauw - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • I Love It When It Rains - Composition
  • Sing A Song of Polly - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • A Pirate's Life - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Bound For South Australia - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • The Gypsy Rover - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Lechoo Yeladim - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Whenever I Hear This Music - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt)
  • Rainy Day - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Glush Swish Mush Nump - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • It's Been Raining All Day - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • The Lion and the Unicorn - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Stories and Songs: The Adventures of Captain Feathersword the Friendly Pirate

  • Meet Captain Feathersword and His Friends - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Captain Feathersword - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • The Storm - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Wind, Rain and the Sea - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Our Boat Is Rocking on the Sea - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Captain Feathersword's Buried Treasure - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Treasure Chest - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • The Day Penelope, Raj and Imran Surprised Captain Feathersword - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • We're Playing A Trick on the Captain - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Have A Happy Birthday - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Wiggle Time!

  • Fruit Salad - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Marching Along - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Yummy Yummy

  • Hot Potato - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field)
  • Shaky Shaky - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • D.O.R.O.T.H.Y. (My Favourite Dinosaur) - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field)
  • I Am A Dancer - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Crunchy Munchy Honey Cakes - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Numbers Rhumba - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Joannie Works with One Hammer - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • The Monkey Dance - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field)
  • Henry's Dance - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Walk - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Come On Let's Jump - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Fais Do Do - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Ponies - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Numbers Joke - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Would You Giggle - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • The Food Poem - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Butterflies Flit - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Marie Field)
  • Where Is Thumbkin? - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Veil - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Yawn Yawn Yawn - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Big Red Car

  • Can You (Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist?) - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Wags The Dog - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field)
  • Five Little Joeys - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Di Dicki Do Dum - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • I'm A Cow - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Do the Flap - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field, Tony Henry)
  • Brown Girl in the Ring - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Georgia's Song - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Nicky Nacky Nocky Noo - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Big Red Car - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Cows - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Bouncing Ball - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • The Four Presents - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • My Holiday at the Beach - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • My Hat - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Here we Go Dorothy - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Pufferbillies - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • My New Shoes - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Look At Baby - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Sanctissima - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Wake Up Jeff!

  • We Like to Say Hello - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Everybody is Clever - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Having Fun at the Beach - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Bing Bang Bong (That's a Pirate Song) - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field)
  • Bucket of Dew/Paddy Condon From Cobar - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Wake Up Jeff! - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Dorothy (Would You Like to Dance?) - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Take a Trip Out on the Sea - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Romp Bomp A Stomp - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • I Can Do So Many Things - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Wave to Wags - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field)
  • Pipers Waltz - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Christmas Picnic (Goodbye Dance) - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Statue - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Swim, Swim, Swim - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Food Wish - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Guess What? - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • A Frog Went A Walking - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Whales - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Name Game - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • House on the Hillside - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Havenu Shalom Alechem - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Quacking Sounds - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Five Little Ducks - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Windmills - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Wiggledance!

  • Quack Quack - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Nya Nya Nya - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas

  • Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Paul Paddick)
  • With a Shiny Red Nose - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • If You See Santa - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Ding Dong Merrily on High - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Shepherds - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Christmas Star - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Peace and Joy to Everyone - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Jingle Bells - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Let's Clap Hands for Santa Claus - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Breebop Poem - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Henry's Christmas Dance - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Jeff's Christmas Tune - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Pirate Food Poem - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • It's a Christmas Party on the Goodship Feathersword - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Away in a Manger - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Wags Ate the Rags - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Wags is Bouncing Around the Christmas Tree - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Reindeer Express - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Silent Night - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

The Wiggles Movie

  • Hey There Wally - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Rockin' and a Rollin' Sea - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Wally's Dream Music - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Magic Club Music - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Let's Have a Party - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Wiggly Medley - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field)
  • Wigglemix - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • The Chase - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Toot Toot!

  • Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Look Both Ways - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Jeff Field)
  • Dorothy the Dinosaur (Tell me Who is That Knocking?) - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Food Poem - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • John Bradlelum - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Captain Feathersword's Raincoat Story - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Go Captain Feathersword, Ahoy! - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Jeff Field)
  • Wah Hoo Hey, I'm Combing My Hair Today - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes - Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Zardo Zap - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Do the Wiggle Groove - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Jeff Field)
  • I Climb Ten Stairs - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • We're Dancing with Wags the Dog - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Wags the Dog He Likes to Tango - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Rocket - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)
  • Officer Beaples' Dance - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Dominic Lindsay)

The Dorothy the Dinosaur and Friends Video

  • Wiggly Get Up Medley - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field), Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

The Wiggly Big Show

  • Wiggly Christmas Medley - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field, Jose Feliciano), Arrangement (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

TV Series 2

  • In The Wiggles World - Composition (w/Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Personal life

Cook was made a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2010 for service to the arts, particularly children's entertainment, and to the community as a benefactor and supporter of a range of charities.

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