The Wiggles

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The Wiggles are children's entertainers from Sydney, Australia. They formed in 1991 at Macquarie University, with the original members being Anthony Field, Phillip Wilcher, Murray Cook, Greg Page and Jeff Fatt. Wilcher left the group shortly before the release of their first self-titled album, but returned briefly in May 1992 to appear in a music video for 'Dorothy the Dinosaur'.

After Wilcher's departure, The Wiggles fanbase grew as the played shows at kindergartens, daycares and birthday parties, adopting many of their trademarks for which they are most famous, among them colour coded skivvies and the "wiggle fingers" action. After a string of APRA awards, The Wiggles cemented themselves as Australia's favourite children's group, expanding their empire from just albums and videos to a feature film and a TV series in 1998. In that same year, The Wiggles traveled to Disneyland for their first performance in the USA and have since toured there many times and have even showed up in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In late 2006, shortly after being named Australia's richest performers, earning $45 million in 2005, founding member Greg Page was forced to quit the band due to an illness known as Orthostatic intolerance. His replacement, Sam Moran was welcomed fans, but was controversially dismissed from the band in early 2012, as Page, health permitting, returned to the group for the 'Celebration' tour, the last time Anthony, Murray, Greg and Jeff would perform together. The Celebration tour also introduced the new generation of Wiggles, Emma Watkins, Simon Pryce and Lachlan Gillespie, with Field staying on.

Since the group's inception, The Wiggles have sold 23 million videos and 7 million CDs, performed to an average of 1 million people per year and written some songs which are now considered children's standards, such as 'Rock-a-bye Your Bear', 'Hot Potato' and 'Can You Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist?'
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The Wiggles Discography Tracks

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The Wiggles - The Wiggles album art The Wiggles The Wiggles (Album) ABC Records (3), Phonogram Australia 1991 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Here Comes A Song album art The Wiggles Here Comes A Song (Album) ABC Music Australia 1992 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Stories And Songs: The Adventures Of Captain Feathersword, The Friendly Pirate album art The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword - Stories And Songs: The Adventures Of Captain Feathersword, The Friendly Pirate (Album) ABC for Kids Australia 1993 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Yummy Yummy album art The Wiggles Yummy Yummy (Album) ABC Music Australia 1994 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Big Red Car album art The Wiggles Big Red Car (Album) ABC For Kids, ABC Music Australia 1995 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas album art The Wiggles Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas (Album) ABC Music Australia 1996 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Wake Up Jeff! album art The Wiggles Wake Up Jeff! (Album) ABC for Kids, ABC Music, EMI Australia 1996 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Movie Soundtrack album art The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack (Album) ABC Music Australia 1997 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Toot Toot! album art The Wiggles Toot Toot! (Album) ABC Music Australia 1998 Sell This Version
none The Wiggles The Wiggles(Cass, Promo) Kids Motion Entertainment none US 1999 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Wiggle Time! album art The Wiggles Wiggle Time! (Album, Comp) ABC for Kids, ABC Music, EMI, ABC for Kids, ABC Music, EMI Australia 1993 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Yule Be Wiggling album art The Wiggles Yule Be Wiggling (Album) ABC Music Australia 2000 Sell This Version
7243 525459 2 6 The Wiggles - It's A Wiggly Wiggly World! album art The Wiggles It's A Wiggly Wiggly World!(CD, Album) ABC Music 7243 525459 2 6 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
7243 533061 2 0 The Wiggles - Hoop-Dee-Doo! It's a Wiggly Party album art The Wiggles Hoop-Dee-Doo! It's a Wiggly Party(CD, Album, Mono) ABC Music 7243 533061 2 0 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Wiggly Safari album art The Wiggles Wiggly Safari (Album) ABC Music Australia 2002 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Wiggle Bay album art The Wiggles Wiggle Bay (Album) Koch Records US 2003 Sell This Version
3713372 The Wiggles - Go To Sleep Jeff! album art The Wiggles Go To Sleep Jeff!(CD, Album) ABC Music 3713372 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
none The Wiggles - Top Of The Tots album art The Wiggles Top Of The Tots(CD, Album) Hit Entertainment (3) none US 2004 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Karaoke Songs 1 album art The Wiggles Karaoke Songs 1 (Album) ABC for Kids Australia 2005 Sell This Version
none The Wiggles Walk With The Wiggles(CD) Just Me! Music none US 2005 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Racing To The Rainbow album art The Wiggles Racing To The Rainbow (Album) ABC Music Australia 2006 Sell This Version
The Wiggles - Here Comes The Big Red Car album art The Wiggles Here Comes The Big Red Car (Album) ABC for Kids, ABC Music UK 2006 Sell This Version
3712975 The Wiggles - It's Time To Wake Up Jeff! album art The Wiggles It's Time To Wake Up Jeff!(CD, Album, Mono) ABC Music 3712975 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
MS04095 The Wiggles - Play Piano With.. The Wiggles album art The Wiggles Play Piano With.. The Wiggles(CD) Wise Publications MS04095 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
R-111613-9/4 The Wiggles - Sing A Song Of Wiggles album art The Wiggles Sing A Song Of Wiggles(CD, Album) ABC Music R-111613-9/4 Australia 2008 Sell This Version

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thepenandthesword

thepenandthesword

February 19, 2010
A Legal Deposit of documents archived by a major archival institute in Australia indicate that the costs incurred for the recording of The Wiggles debut album which was recorded at Tracking Station in Sydney, 1991 totaled $1650.00, the greater portion of those expenses being met by Phillip Wilcher. An archived typed document from the Wiggles Management from that time lists the following reimbursements made to each member from a Publishing Advance from EMI,received after the release of the debut album through ABC for Kids :

$825.00 reimbursed recording costs to Wilcher
$750.00 reimbursed recording costs to Field
$25 reimbursed tape stock to Cook
$50 reimbursed tape stock to Page

NIL reimbursements to Fatt. Fatt did not contribute any money to the recording of the debut album.
It would appear that Fatt was brought in towards the end of the recording sessions at the request of Field to sequence all the material.

It would appear that Cook and Page only paid for tape stock and did not contribute to the actual recording costs of the debut album.

A legal document also verifies that Wilcher had loaned the group a further $1000.00 towards recording costs which was later reimbursed him.Wilcher's website states that the majority of costs were met by him because the other members of the group were still students.

The typed document presumably from Wiggles Management from that time also details the division of the $20,000.00 Publishing Advance. Of the $20,000.00, 50% went to the Partnership, less 20% to Management. Of the remaining balance, it is documented that Wilcher received the greater share having contributed the most musically and creatively to the recording. The combined percentage of work done towards the debut album according to the breakdown sheet for Field, Page, Cook and Fatt totals 60.40%. The balance is attributed to Wilcher although it would appear from documents archived that the majority of arrangements attributed to the Wiggles collectively on the album were mostly by Wilcher and performed by him.

Wilcher received a Gold CD Award in April 1994 and a Platinm CD in October 1995. He appears to have been excluded from the pesentation of the first award. There appears to have been no public recognition of the Platinum Award either.

There is evidence that Wilcher did indeed write a letter of resignation from the group around September 1991 on advice from either The Wiggles Management, or through legal channels so as not to incur expenses for any future recordings resulting from the contract The Wiggles received with ABC. There is also evidence in the archive that suggests it was agreed he could stay to write for subsequent albums and that he had written music for the second album "Here Comes A Song".

A legal document indicates that a variation to The Partenership Agreement was drafted in 1992 with the intention of varying Wilcher's duties to The Partnership.It provided that his duties excluded him from performing unless he chose to perform and he would be restricted to writing and composing. The variation however was not executed. Wilcher says he understood he had a verbal agreement to stay as a writer for future albums. Documents of a Legal nature supports this.

A Consummer Affairs document dates Wilcher's cessation from The Partnership as July 6th 1992, amost a year after he wrote the letter of resignation. The document however was not signed by Wilcher until November 26th 1992. Wilcher had refused to sign the document sent him by Fatt in July of 1992 without a full explanation of its purpose and ramifications should he sign it. Wilcher also refused to sign a document stating The Wiggles had excluded him from the recording of the second CD release "Here Comes A Song" because his work, although of a high standard according to The Wiggles, was not in keeping with the direction the band was going. There is evidence to show that only Field had seen some of the material written by Wilcher. It was understood that Wilcher would record that material for the second CD release sometime after his return from the States in May 1992.There is a document which states that Wilcher was informed by Field by phone on June 23rd 1992 that the album had been recorded without him and he was no longer needed.

Wilcher did in fact incur expenses for the second CD release "Here Comes A Song", presumably because he was still a member of The Partnership, but these expenses were later reimbursed him.

Wilcher appeared in the film clip for Dorothy The Dinosaur which was filmed in 1992. Field had invited him to be in the clip.

It could be argued that if it was not for Wilcher, the debut album might not have ever existed. It has since been phased out, re-recorded as Wiggle Time, with all his original material erased.

Cadential64

Cadential64

October 4, 2007
I've just read this article on The Wiggles and decided to do a google search for Phillip Wilcher, the so-called Fifth Wiggle. I found lots of information about him and took the time out to read through his website and other articles written about him. I don't think he's disgruntled at all. After listening to his music and reading all about him, I think he's OK and was just misrepresented by the press. I mean, it can happen! Anyway, that's all I wanted to say.

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