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Murray Cook

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Murray James Cook AM (born 30 June 1960 in Cowra, New South Wales) is an Australian vocalist, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as one of the founding members of the children's band The Wiggles. Cook is also a regular guest on the Australian TV show Spicks and Specks, with his good friend, host Adam Hills. As a member of the Wiggles, Cook wears a red shirt and serves as an instrumentalist and vocalist. He is considered the intellectual and analytical member of the group (something referred to in several episodes of their TV show), so he acts as mediator for their group decisions. When The Wiggles received honorary degrees from the Australian Catholic University, Cook gave the commencement speech to the graduates. Cook played the guitar in the late '80s bands Transistor and Finger Guns before joining the Sydney-based band Bang Shang a Lang. (He continued to play for this band in Sydney, when not on tour with The Wiggles.) When things did not work out in the music field for him, he returned to college and studied early childhood education at Macquarie University, where he met Anthony Field and Greg Page and formed The Wiggles in 1991. Cook's schtick in The Wiggles is an obsession with playing the guitar. He was conscious that he was probably the first guitarist children would see, and said, "I always think that if it inspires kids to play guitar later on that would be great. I think it would be really nice if in 15 years I read that somebody got into guitar playing because of the Wiggles. I know that would be fantastic." When asked what his favorite Wiggles song was, he stated, "'Play your guitar with Murray,' of course. When we play that song live I get to play like a rock 'n roll star." Cook's major musical influences are The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Eric Clapton. In 2008, Cook was named "the sixth best guitarist in Australia". Cook owns a collection of thirty vintage guitars. Onstage, he uses the Australian made Maton Mastersound 500 guitar. He also plays a '53 Gibson Les Paul gold top, '64 Fender Strat, James Burton Fender Telecaster, Maton Mastersound 500 and a more recent Les Paul at home or in the studio. The amplifiers he uses are the Marshall Head and Box Combo, the Fender Twin and a Bad Cat, which he bought while in the U.S. and said had a "great sound." Cook, whose nickname is "Muzz", or "Muzza", came up with The Wiggles' signature index finger-wagging move after watching professional bowlers do the move on television. Cook was made a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2010 for service to the arts, particularly children's entertainment, and to the community as a benefactor and supporter of a range of charities. Description above from the Wikipedia article Murray Cook,licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Jun 30, 1960 In Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
Movie/TV Credits:
53
First Appeared:
In the series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee 1983-04-04
Latest Project:
Movie The Wiggles - Pumpkin Face 2013-09-02
Known For
Poster of Hot Potatoes! The Best Of The Wiggles
Poster of Dorothy The Dinosaur - Travelling Show
Poster of The Wiggles: Wiggle & Learn: The Pick Of Tv Series 6
Poster of The Wiggles
Filmography
Movie The Wiggles - Pumpkin Face Murray Cook 2013-09-02
Movie The Wiggles - Taking Off! Murray Cook 2013-03-05
Movie Hot Potatoes! The Best Of The Wiggles Murray Wiggle 2013-05-04
Movie The Wiggles : Surfer Jeff Murray Wiggle 2012-06-21
Movie The Wiggles: Celebration! Murray Wiggle 2012-09-05
Movie Dorothy The Dinosaur - Travelling Show Murray Cook 2011-02-02
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggle & Learn: The Pick Of Tv Series 6 Murray 2011-01-09
Movie The Wiggles: Let's Eat Murray Cook 2011-02-14
Movie The Wiggles: Ukulele Baby! Murray Wiggle 2011-08-08
Movie The Wiggles: It's Always Christmas With You Murray Cook 2011-12-06
Movie The Wiggles Big Birthday! Murray Wiggle (Red) 2011-06-29
Movie The Wiggles Present: Dorothy the Dinosaur Murray Cook 2010-07-14
Movie The Wiggles: Go Bananas Murray Cook 2009-07-13
Movie The Wiggles - Big, Big Show! Murray Wiggle 2009-09-28
Movie The Wiggles: Hot Poppin' Popcorn Murray Wiggle 2009-12-31
Movie The Wiggles: Pop Go the Wiggles! Murray Cook 2008-03-10
Movie The Wiggles: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing Murray Cook 2008-07-28
Movie The Wiggles: Sing a Song of Wiggles Murray Wiggle 2008-10-06
Movie The Wiggles - Dorothy the Dinosaur's Party Murray 2007-06-05
Movie The Wiggles: Getting Strong Murray Cook 2007-08-06
Movie The Wiggles: Here Comes The Big Red Car Murray Cook 2007-10-08
Movie The Wiggles: Lights, Camera, Action! Murray Cook 2007-10-08
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggle Around the Clock Murray Cook 2007-10-08
Movie The Wiggles: Splish Splash Big Red Boat Murray Cook 2006-06-05
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggles 15th Birthday Murray Cook 2006-06-30
Movie The Wiggles: WiggleDancing Live Murray Wiggle 2006-08-14
Movie The Wiggles: Live: Hot Potatoes! Murray 2005-01-10
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggly Play Time Murray Cook 2005-01-31
Movie The Wiggles: Sailing Around the World Murray 2005-07-18
Series Spicks and Specks Unknown 2005-01-31
Movie The Wiggles: Cold Spaghetti Western Murray 2004-03-29
Movie The Wiggles: Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins! Murray Cook 2004-08-03
Movie The Wiggles: Santa's Rockin'! 2004-09-27
Movie The Wiggles: Space Dancing Murray Cook 2003-09-08
Movie The Wiggles: Top of the Tots Murray 2003-12-31
Movie The Wiggles: Hoop-Dee-Doo! Murray 2002-04-08
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari Murray 2002-09-02
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggle Bay Murray Cook 2002-09-29
Movie The Wiggles: Dance Party Murray 2001-04-02
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly World! Murray Cook 2001-07-31
Movie The Wiggles: Yule Be Wiggling Murray Cook 2001-07-31
Movie The Wiggles: Hoop-Dee-Doo! It's A Wiggly Party! Sam 2001-12-19
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas Murray Wiggle 2000-10-23
Movie The Wiggles: Wake Up Jeff Murray 2000-12-11
Movie The Wiggles: The Wiggly Big Show Murray Cook 1999-10-01
Series Rove Himself 1999-09-22
Movie The Wiggles: Toot Toot Murray Cook 1999-10-06
Series The Wiggles 1998-08-13
Movie The Wiggles - Wiggledancing Live in Concert Murray Cook 1997-06-01
Movie The Wiggles Movie Murray Cook 1997-12-18
Movie The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy Murray 1994-05-31
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggle Time Murray Cook 1993-11-01
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04