The Wiggles Information
The self-proclaimed #1 pre-school band in the world got its start as a graduate student project at Macquarie University in Australia, when students Anthony Field, Murray Cook, and Greg Page, were working on their degrees in Early Childhood Education. Anthony asked Jeff Fatt to join the band as a keyboardist, and they produced their first EP in 1991. All four members are qualified preschool teachers and quickly earned a reputation for writing well-crafted children's songs. Children immediately took to their storytelling, singing, and dancing, and such characters as Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Captain Feathersword, and Wags the Dog helped launch a range of Wiggles merchandise. Their debut album, The Wiggles, sold 70,000 copies, while its single, "Here Comes a Song," sold 35,000 copies alone. Since then, they have become one of the top entertainment acts out of Australia, producing tons of videos, holding concert tours all over the world, and appearing in multiple seasons of their very own self-titled television show on the Disney Channel. The Wiggles fall 2010 tour will hit the Orpheum Theater in Boston on November 5th.