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…more
The Wiggles started touring in Asia in August 1996 whereas in March 1998, they began touring in New Zealand.
The Wiggles usually perform songs on "Carols in the Domain" every year before Christmas such as "Go Santa Go" as the song was released in 1996.
According to a Sydney Morning Herald article published in 2002, the Wiggles filmed a TV pilot in the mid-1990s for the ABC but the project never got off the ground due to irreconcilable artistic differences. Another time, they tried wearing shorts and caps instead trademark colourful skivvies and black trousers as shown in a photo.
In 1997, an Australian pay TV channel called The Disney Channel screened The Wiggles' regular TV segments on a daily program called "Let's Wiggle" where it was made up of short segments from existed Wiggles videos. The first half of the intro is from their concert video: "Wiggledance".
The Wiggles do their Starlight Foundation Video Month ad on a 1997 VHS tape called "Beverly Hills Ninjas".
During the first part of 1997, the Wiggles first wore the updated logos on their shirts but not on their belts yet. They were first seen as photos on a photo gallery of their TV Series released in 2005.
The Wiggles made their first television appearance on Red Nose Day in August of 1991.
On December 12, 2012, Leanne Shelton from Achieve Australia uploaded a video on YouTube where the original 5 Wiggles and Anthony's brother, John were performing at Crowle Home taped in 1991.
The Wiggles produced their first documentary about their 15th birthday narrated by Dorothy the Dinosaur but an earlier documentary called "The Wiggles Take on the World" was taped in 2002 and 2003 and wasn't premiered until Christmas 2006.
In 1992, The Wiggles appeared in an Australia Broadcasting Company's "Play School" episode where they performed at a kindergarten.
On an episode of Spicks and Specks in November 2008, The Wiggles covered U2's song Angel of Harlem.
According to a Sydney Morning Herald article, two of their earliest songs initially had different names.
Hot Potato was originally Hot Tamale.
Wiggle Bay was originally Moonlight Bay.
The Wiggles made their concert debut at a childcare center in Randwick in front of 20 kids.
Their first tour following their eponymous album was around the different Westfield shopping mall areas in Sydney.
The Wiggles and Kylie Minogue teamed up in 2009 to record the song Monkey Man. The song appears on the Wiggles' release, The Wiggles Go Bananas.
As UNICEF Ambassadors, The Wiggles announced they are supporting Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2008. They even wrote a song called "Wash your hands!" that was done to the tune of Frere Jacques. However in 1995, they performed a Christmas song "Have a Very Merry Christmas" which was later released on the Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas album and video.
The Wiggles have sponsored a scholarship to their alma mater Macquarie University for indigenous students majoring in Early Childhood Education.
The Wiggles created a new logo in 1996, and debuted it in December for their concert video, "Wiggledance!" released in June 1997. They then made some minor changes to the logo, resizing the background splotch, and removing the black outlines, and started publicizing it in "Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas" where they use it on their shirts for the first time. They also used it in all other merchandise such as books and "The Wiggles Movie".
In 2007, the Wiggles produced a video for the Mandarin Chinese speaking market called Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles.. This features four new Asian Wiggles:
Arthur the Yellow Wiggle (guitar)
Samuel the Blue Wiggle (drums)
Danny the Purple Wiggle (plays guitar, falls asleep, and lead singer)
Vivi the Red Wiggle (Vivi is a girl, plays keyboard/accordion)
The video was filmed in the same Wiggles studio in Australia where they film the other Wiggles TV series and videos, and feature the same Wiggly dancers. They sing and speak in Mandarin Chinese, and mix in English phrases such as their names, the mascots, and common phrases "Ahoy there, Captain Feathersword" and "Get Ready to Wiggle".
The Mandarin Wiggles have had their own official Wiggles TV series since 2002.
Several Wiggles tunes are based on songs from their former band The Cockroaches:
Get Ready to Wiggle is from Mr. Wiggles Back in Town.
Dorothy the Dinosaur is from Another Saturday Night (single, 1989).
The Monkey Dance is from Do the Monkey (Best Of album, 1999)
Caveland is from Caveman (Fingertips album, 1988)
I Want to Wear That jacket is from I want a Leather Jacket (single, 1980).
Sorry Again is from Sorry Again (Fingertips album, 1988).
Bit By Bit (We're Building a Set) is from Bit By Bit, Little By Little (Positive Album, 1991).
Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards
Best Children's Album – Winner
2010 - Let's Eat!
2009 - The Wiggles Go Bananas
2008 - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
2007 - Pop Go The Wiggles!
2006 – Racing to the Rainbow
2005 – Live! Hot Potatoes
1998 – Toot Toot
1996 – Wake Up Jeff
1995 – Big Red Car
Best Children's Album – Nominated
2004 – Top of the Tots
2003 – Go To Sleep Jeff and Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins
2002 – Wiggly Safari
2001 – Hoop-Dee-Doo. It's a Wiggly Party
2000 – It's a Wiggly Wiggly World
Greg Page, the yellow Wiggle, has been diagnosed with orthostatic intolerance and retired from the Wiggles in November 2006.
The Wiggles have their own amusement park attraction area at Dreamworld which is located near Gold Coast, Australia.
The Wiggles opened a show and attraction area called Wiggles World at the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park located in New Jersey. Rides include: Big Red Cars, Big Red Plane, Bouncing with Wags, Dorothy's Racing to the Rainbow balloon ride, Henry's Splish Splash Fountain, Yummy Yummy café, and Captain Feathersword's ship.
According to the Business Weekly Review article, 60% of their income in 2004 came from concerts and live performances. That leaves only 40% from the TV, records, and merchandise.
The Wiggles' had spun off another pre-school TV Show in Australia called The Dorothy the Dinosaur show.
The music at the Wiggles concerts is a combination of pre-recorded and live tracks, but the Wiggles do sing all their songs live.
There are plans to launch a Spanish version of The Wiggles.
The Wiggles were awarded an honorary doctorate from Australian Catholic University in April 2006.
The Wiggles are big fans of Elvis Presley. They do his hip swinging dance and don Elvis clothes in the song Shaky Shaky. They also do a lot of Elvis impressions and use the phrases "thank you very much" and "uh-hunh".
The choreographer for the current Wiggles seasons and concert tours is Leeanne Ashley.
The choreography for the early Wiggles shows was done by Leanne Halloran of the Halloran Dance Studio in New South Wales.
The band's producer, Paul Field, is the brother of Anthony, the Blue Wiggle.
Anthony Field, Jeff Fatt, and their producer Paul Field were members of a popular Australian band called The Cockroaches. It is from this relationship that Jeff joined The Wiggles as a founding member.
The Wiggles album, Wake Up, Jeff! was one of their first albums to achieve gold status.
In the early videos, Anthony Field, the Blue Wiggle, wore a green polo shirt, and also played Captain Feathersword. He changed from green to blue so as to not to get him confused with Dorothy the Dinosaur while Paul Paddick played Captain Feathersword.
The Wiggles were the richest entertainer out of Australia in 2004 with earnings estimated at AUS$45 million, besting Nicole Kidman at AUS$40 million, and Russell Crowe at AUS$27 million.
According to Business Review Weekly, The Wiggles were the richest entertainer out of Australia in 2005 with earnings estimated at AUS$50 million ($35.5 million US).
The "wiggle", or pointing and shaking of the fingers, was inspired by watching some guys bowling on TV.
According to Anthony Field, the origin of The Wiggles name is from Mr. Wiggles Back In Town, a song by their former band, The Cockroaches. This song was changed up to become their early hit, Get Ready to Wiggle.
Five of The Wiggles albums have gone platinum in Australia.
When The Wiggles started touring with HIT Entertainment, they were an opening act for Barney the Dinosaur.
It is estimated that one out of every two toddlers in Australia has been to a Wiggles concert, or have a Wiggles video.