The Wiggles

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The Wiggles are an Australian children's music group formed in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1991. The current members of the group are Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, and Emma Watkins. The original members were Field, Phillip Wilcher, Murray Cook, Greg Page, and Jeff Fatt. Wilcher left the group after their first album. Page retired in 2006 due to ill health and was replaced by understudy Sam Moran, but returned in 2012, replacing Moran. At the end of 2012, Page, Cook, and Fatt retired, and were replaced by Gillespie, Pryce, and Watkins. Although Cook and Fatt retained their shareholding in the group and all three continued to have input into its creative and production aspects.

Field and Fatt were members of the Australian pop band The Cockroaches in the 1980s, and Cook was a member of several bands before meeting Field and Page at Macquarie University, where they were studying to become pre-school teachers. In 1991, Field was inspired to create an album of children's music based upon concepts of early childhood education, and enlisted Cook, Page, and Fatt to assist him. They began touring to promote the album, and became so successful, they quit their teaching jobs to perform full-time. The group augmented their act with animal characters Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, and Wags the Dog, as well as the character Captain Feathersword, played by Paul Paddick since 1993. They travelled with a small group of dancers, which later grew into a larger troupe. The group's DVDs, CDs, and television programs have been produced independently since their inception. Their high point came in the early 2000s, after they broke into the American market.

The group was formally consolidated in 2005. They were listed at the top of Business Review Weekly's top-earning Australian entertainers four years in a row, and earned A$45 million in 2009. In 2011, the worldwide recession hit The Wiggles, as it had done for many Australian entertainers; they earned $28 million, but they still appeared second on BRW's list that year. The Wiggles have enjoyed almost universal approval throughout their history, and their music has been played in pre-schools all over the world. They have earned several Platinum, Double Platinum and Multi-Platinum records, as well as sold 23 million DVDs and 7 million CDs, and have performed, on average, to one million people per year. The group has also earned multiple Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) and Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1991 The Wiggles 1
1994 Yummy Yummy 2
2000 Wiggle Time! 1
2000 It’s a Wiggly Wiggly World! 2
2001 Wake Up Jeff! 2
2001 Sailing Around the World 1
2001 Hoop‐Dee‐Doo It’s a Wiggly Party 1
2002 Yule Be Wiggling 1
2003 Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins! 2
2003 Go to Sleep Jeff 1
2004 Top of the Tots 1
2004 Cold Spaghetti Western 2
2004 Santa's Rockin' 1
2006 It's Time to Wake Up Jeff! 1
2007 Racing to the Rainbow 1
2007 Pop Go the Wiggles! 1
2007 Getting Strong! Wiggle and Learn 2
2008 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing 1
2008 Sing a Song of Wiggles 1
2009 Go Bananas 1
2010 Dorothy the Dinosaur's Rockin' Christmas 1
2011 Ukelele Baby! 2
2011 Big Birthday! 1
2013 Taking Off! 1
2013 Furry Tales 1
2013 Go Santa Go! 1
2014 Wiggle House 1
2015 The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra 1
2015 Rock & Roll Preschool 1
Apples & Bananas 1
Big Red Car 1
It's Always Christmas With You! 1
Let's Eat 1
Let's Wiggle 1
Pumpkin Face 1
Sing Along: Crunchy Munchy Music 1
Splish Splash Big Red Boat 1
The Wiggles 1
Toot Toot! 2
Wiggle Bay 2
Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2009 Hot Potatoes! The Best of the Wiggles 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 LIVE Hot Potatoes! 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack 1
2003 The Wiggles: Movie Soundtrack 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Wiggly Safari 2
2006 Top of the Tots 1
Dance Party 1
Here Comes a Song 1
Here Comes the Big Red Car 1

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