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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 54

Birthday 1960-06-30

Place of Birth Cowra, New South Wales, Australia

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2013 The Wiggles - Pumpkin Face as Murray Cook
2013 Hot Potatoes! The Best Of The Wiggles as Murray Wiggle
2013 The Wiggles - Taking Off! as Murray Cook
2012 The Wiggles: Celebration! as Murray Wiggle
2012 The Wiggles : Surfer Jeff as Murray Wiggle
2011 The Wiggles: It's Always Christmas With You as Murray Cook
2011 The Wiggles: Ukulele Baby! as Murray Wiggle
2011 The Wiggles Big Birthday! as Murray Wiggle (Red)
2011 The Wiggles: Let's Eat as Murray Cook
2011 Dorothy The Dinosaur - Travelling Show as Murray Cook
2011 The Wiggles: Wiggle & Learn: The Pick Of Tv Series 6 as Murray
2010 The Wiggles Present: Dorothy the Dinosaur as Murray Cook
2009 The Wiggles: Hot Poppin' Popcorn as Murray Wiggle
2009 The Wiggles - Big, Big Show! as Murray Wiggle
2009 The Wiggles: Go Bananas as Murray Cook
2008 The Wiggles: Sing a Song of Wiggles as Murray Wiggle
2008 The Wiggles: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing as Murray Cook
2008 The Wiggles: Pop Go the Wiggles! as Murray Cook
2007 The Wiggles: Here Comes The Big Red Car as Murray Cook
2007 The Wiggles: Wiggle Around the Clock as Murray Cook
2007 The Wiggles: Lights, Camera, Action! as Murray Cook
2007 The Wiggles: Getting Strong as Murray Cook
2007 The Wiggles - Dorothy the Dinosaur's Party as Murray
2006 The Wiggles: WiggleDancing Live as Murray Wiggle
2006 The Wiggles: Wiggles 15th Birthday as Murray Cook
2006 The Wiggles: Splish Splash Big Red Boat as Murray Cook
2005 The Wiggles: Sailing Around the World as Murray
2005 Spicks and Specks(4 episodes)
2005 The Wiggles: Wiggly Play Time as Murray Cook
2005 The Wiggles: Live: Hot Potatoes! as Murray
2004 The Wiggles: Santa's Rockin'!
2004 The Wiggles: Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins! as Murray Cook
2004 The Wiggles: Cold Spaghetti Western as Murray
2003 The Wiggles: Top of the Tots as Murray
2003 The Wiggles: Space Dancing as Murray Cook
2002 The Wiggles: Wiggle Bay as Murray Cook
2002 The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari as Murray
2002 The Wiggles: Hoop-Dee-Doo! as Murray
2001 The Wiggles: Hoop-Dee-Doo! It's A Wiggly Party! as Sam
2001 The Wiggles: Hoop-Dee-Doo! It's A Wiggly Party! as Murray
2001 The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly World! as Murray Cook
2001 The Wiggles: Yule Be Wiggling as Murray Cook
2001 The Wiggles: Dance Party as Murray
2000 The Wiggles: Wake Up Jeff as Murray
2000 The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas as Murray Wiggle
1999 The Wiggles: Toot Toot as Murray Cook
1999 The Wiggles: The Wiggly Big Show as Murray Cook
1999 Rove(1 episode) as Himself
1998 The Wiggles(13 episodes)
1997 The Wiggles Movie as Murray Cook
1997 The Wiggles - Wiggledancing Live in Concert as Murray Cook
1994 The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy as Murray
1993 The Wiggles: Wiggle Time as Murray Cook
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(1 episode)

Production

The Wiggles: Wiggle TreatsExecutive Producer

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