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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:
55
First Appeared:
In the series Busting Loose 1977-01-17
Latest Project:
Series Tokko 2017
Known For
Poster of The Wiggles: Sailing Around the World
Poster of The Wiggles: Live: Hot Potatoes!
Poster of The Wiggles: Cold Spaghetti Western
Poster of The Wiggles: Hoop-Dee-Doo!
Filmography
Series Tokko Murray Cook 2017
Series Manee Din Murray Wiggle 2016
Series Love from the Hood Murray Cook 2015-06-08
Movie The Wiggles - Apples and Bananas Murray Cook 2014-02-07
Movie Hot Potatoes! The Best Of The Wiggles Murray Wiggle 2013-05-04
Movie The Wiggles - Taking Off! Murray Cook 2013-03-05
Movie The Wiggles: Furry Tales Murray Cook 2013-06-19
Movie The Wiggles - Pumpkin Face Murray Cook 2013-09-02
Movie The Wiggles: Go Santa Go Murray Cook 2013-11-06
Series Eigen Kweek Murray Cook 2013-11-05
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: Let's Eat Murray Cook 2011-02-14
Movie The Wiggles: Ukulele Baby! Murray Wiggle 2011-08-08
Movie The Wiggles Big Birthday! Murray Wiggle (Red) 2011-06-29
Movie The Wiggles: It's Always Christmas With You Murray Cook 2011-12-06
Series Lotto's Onvergetelijke Zondag Murray Cook 2010-05-01
Movie The Wiggles Present: Dorothy the Dinosaur Murray Cook 2010-07-14
Series 屍鬼(しき) Murray Cook 2010-07-09
Series BrainSurge Murray Cook 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: Getting Strong Murray Cook 2007-08-06
Movie The Wiggles - Dorothy the Dinosaur's Party Murray 2007-06-05
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: Splish Splash Big Red Boat Murray Cook 2006-06-05
Series The Race Murray Cook 2006-11-06
Movie The Wiggles: WiggleDancing Live Murray Wiggle 2006-08-14
Movie The Wiggles: Wiggly Play Time Murray Cook 2005-01-31
Series Spicks and Specks Unknown 2005-01-31
Movie The Wiggles: Live: Hot Potatoes! Murray 2005-01-10
Series Sophie – Braut wider Willen Murray 2005-10-08
Movie The Wiggles: Sailing Around the World Murray 2005-07-18
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 Magical Adventure - A Wiggly Movie Murray Cook 2003-02-04
Series Rosemary 2003-10-29
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: Wiggly, Wiggly World! Murray Cook 2001-07-31
Movie The Wiggles: Dance Party Murray 2001-04-02
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
Series The Wiggles 1998-08-13
Movie The Wiggles - Wiggledancing Live in Concert Murray Cook 1997-06-01
Movie The Wiggles Movie Murray Wiggle 1997-12-17
Movie The Wiggles: Magical Adventure Murray Cook 1997-12-17
Movie The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy Murray 1994-05-31
Series Namiki-ie no Hitobito Murray Cook 1993-01-14
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Series Busting Loose Murray Wiggle 1977-01-17