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First Appearance

Wiggle Time

Last Appearance

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"The Wiggles" are an extremely famous children's band that formed in the year 1991, after Anthony Field 'had the idea to make a children's album'. The first line-up was Anthony Field, Murray Cook, Greg Page, Jeff Fatt and Phillip Wilcher (nicknamed the fifth and first Wiggle). Phillip Wilcher was forced to leave the group soon after the release of their first album. In 2006, Greg as forced to leave the group due to an illness called Orthostatic intolerance and as replaced by his long-time understudy Sam Moran, for about half a decade. In 2013, Murray, Jeff, and Greg, were replaced by Simon, Emma and Lachy.

Before The Wiggles

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Originally, Field and Fatt were in the pop 80's band called The Cockroaches. One day, Anthony Field dropped off his sister to Macquarie University and decided it looked good, so he could sign up as well. He talked to Greg Page, who was currently a roadie for The Cockroaches and convinced him to come and have a look too. This is where they met Murray Cook and Phillip Wilcher. They studied Early Childhood Teaching.

Starting The Wiggles

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The Wiggles and Phillip Wilcher recording this album.

One day, Anthony had the idea to record an album of children's music, so the four guys, and a man called Phillip Wilcher, recorded and released the album in 1991.

Phillip Wilcher was employed by Macquarie University as an assistant to the Early Childhood Music program in which Field had enrolled as a student. Wilcher had previously been employed as Assistant Editor for the Classical/Educational Division of the Sydney based music publishing house of J Albert and Sons Pty Ltd as well as having worked for the ABC. Field first approached Wilcher requesting he write for the debut abum. Wilcher also contributed the most financially to the project. The album as to afford the Wiggles a contract ith the ABC for to further recordings but Wilcher soon found himself dumped by Field after the debut album appeared.

Wilcher states he had a verbal agreement to write for subsequent albums and whilst a document was drawn up for Phillip Wilcher agreeing that he would just stay behind the scenes as a writer and not be classified as a performer it was never officially acted upon. Wilcher did however appear in the film clip for Dorothy the Dinsosaur at the request of Anthony Field some months after initially leaving the group as a performer. According to Greg Page's autobiogrpahy, it would seem none of the other members of the group knew he had been asked back to be in the clip. In May 1992 went to the US to perform at celebrations honouring the legendary showman/pianist Liberace, whose family and friends Wilcher knew well, and when he came back to Australia he could not get in any contact with Anthony Field or any other of The Wiggles. Eventually, he was told that the album was recorded without him and he was no longer needed. Wilcher was in the States no longer than three weeks. Greg Page states in his book "Now and Then" that they had a three week deadline by which to record the second album "Here Comes A Song" , a deadline Wilcher was apparently unaware of and one which coincides with the exact dates he was performing in the States.Although he had already written nearly the whole album by himself, he later released a children's album of sheet music independently involving those songs which has received favourbale critical acclaim from several early childhood music experts.

Characters

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The Wiggles' first character was Mischief the Monkey which was based on one of Wilcher's songs on the debut album, but he soon got cancelled out of the show. They have involved other characters into their shows such as Captain Feathersword, Dorothy The Dinosaur, Henry The Octopus and Wags The Dog. There have been other minor characters such as Zardo Zap, Officer Beaples and Professor Singalotta Songa. The Wiggles have a group of backup dances called The Wiggly Dancers which have changed throughout the past 10 years. They tour with them and appear on the CD's, DVDs and television programs.

Articles

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What most people think of when they think of The Wiggles since this is the line-up taking up over 75% of all Wiggly experience.

Two interesing articles have appeared in recent years about Wilcher's involvemnet with the Wiggles : "A Life Less Wiggly" by Steve Dow and "Becoming A Top Pre School Band was No Child's Play For Wiggles" by journalist Nick March writing for Abu Dhabi's The National.

Touring Around The World

The Wiggles have released close to fifty albums and video's and toured relentlessly, not just in Australia, but in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and many other places. They have one numerous amounts of awards and have been named the most successful children's act of all time.

Becoming Disney

As of 2002, The Wiggles did an American TV series named "Wiggles World" on Playhouse Disney with the TV rating. The pilot episode was "Wiggle Food".

The Wiggles Generations

The Original Wiggles

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The Original Wiggles (1991-1992)

These are The Wiggles when there were five members in the band.

The Main Wiggles

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The Main Wiggles ([tel:1992-2006, 2012 1992-2006, 2012])

These are The Wiggles most people think about when "The Wiggles" are mentioned. This is because this was the longest generation of Wiggles in Wiggly History. They were all the current Wiggles at the time during most of the band updates. (Outfits, Logo, Styles, etc.)

The Alternate Wiggles

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The Alternate Wiggles (Late 2006-Early 2012)

These are The Wiggles from when Greg retired from the band so he could recover for half a decade from Orthostatic Intolerance.

The Current Wiggles

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The Current Wiggles (Since 2013)

This is the current Wiggles generation. After Jeff, Murray, and Greg retired altogether in 2012. However, if one of these Wiggles got replaced, this generation would be renamed "The Next Wiggles" and "The Current Wiggles" will go on to the next generation of Wiggles. (See The Unforgotten Wiggles and The Replacement Wiggles for more information)

Wiggles logo

The first Wiggles logo was first designed in 1991 printed on the 1991 original album cover.

In 1996, the logo was redesigned with wiggly letters out of colours and with a yellow background. Which is the one that is showing here.

The word 'The' is colored red, the 'i' 's tittle (dot above lowercase letter) is green, the 'L' is purple and leaving the other letters blue. However, in Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas the I is a different color.

Timeline

Here is a timeline of The Wiggles' history: 1991 - Present

Phillip Wilcher

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Phillip Wilcher the 5th Wiggle.

In 1991, Wilcher worked with the early childhood music program at Macquarie University. Anton Field, a childhood development student, approached him about a music group Field was contemplating. Wilcher joined Greg Page, Jeff Fatt, Murray Cook, and Field from its earliest days through the production of the CD The Wiggles. Wilcher claims to have "contributed the most musically to the debut album."

"Get Ready to Wiggle" and "Dorothy the Dinosaur" were the only music videos that featured him and were only seen on ABC For Kids Video Hits and ABC For Kids Video Hits 2.

In 1992, Wilcher travelled to the United States. When he returned he was informed that the group did not need him, and that a second album had been taped while he was overseas. Wilcher says he has no idea as to why he was kicked out of the group. The Wiggles, however, dispute this account. Dianna O'Neill, the group's spokeswoman, states that Wilcher wrote a letter of resignation. "There is no story. There was no fight, no fallout. Wilcher was just not so much into children's music, he was more into classical music."

Over the years, Wilcher's involvement with the group has been essentially deleted. The debut CD has been re-recorded, renamed Wiggle Time and re-released with all of Wilcher's contributions canceled. Wilcher indicates that he was too "reclusive" to be a Wiggle.

The Wiggles TV Series

main article: The Wiggles TV series

The Wiggles aired on TV in 1992 for the airing of the pilot. It takes place at a pre-school tour. In 1994, they released another pilot episode for their "Yummy Yummy" video. They started airing latest episodes in 1998.

Each TV Series has a name:

TV Series 1 - Let's Wiggle

TV Series 2 - Wiggles World

TV Series 3 - Lights, Camera, Action Wiggles!

TV Series 4 - The Wiggles Show

TV Series 5 - The Wiggles Show

TV Series 6 - Wiggle and Learn

TV Series 7 - Ready, Steady, Wiggle!

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