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For his character in The Wiggles, see Jeff Wiggle

Jeffrey Wayne "Jeff" Fatt is the original purple Wiggle. He plays many musical instruments including the keyboard, accordion, guitar and bass guitar. Jeff left the group at the end of 2012. After retirement he began making cameos and playing instruments with Murray and Greg for the current Wiggles. He was replaced with Lachlan Gillespie. He was the oldest Wiggle of the original lineup.

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Jeff is an Australian musician and actor. He is best known as a member of the of the Wiggles, Jeff Fatt became one of the "most popular" Asian performers in the world. The son of Chinese parents who owned a large retail store in Casino, Jeff had aspirations to become an architect and earned a Bachelor of Arts in industrial design. He opened a public address equipment business with his brother in Sydney when he began playing keyboard for the rockabilly band The Roadmasters and was recruited by Anthony and Paul Field to join The Cockroaches. After The Cockroaches disbanded in the early '90s, Anthony asked Jeff, who was renovating his house at the time, to help them record The Wiggles' first album in 1991. Jeff reported, "I got this call from Anthony: 'Hello, Anthony. Go away, go away. I'm not interested,' you know. He's always got these ideas for things. He said, 'I've got this idea, come down to the studio.'" Jeff's response to Anthony's request was, "How long will it take?".

As a Wiggle, Jeff wore a purple skivvy. He was sleeping at odd times, which led to a Wiggles' catchphrase and the title of one of their songs, "Wake Up, Jeff!" Jeff is the oldest Wiggle and is well-known for his "laid-back personality". As Sam, when referring to the development of The Wiggles' acts, stated, "Jeff really does fall asleep". Jeff confirmed this by stating that "The irony is I'm a very light sleeper in the night-time. I will invariably have a snooze before the show". Jeff was the only member of The Wiggles without a background in early childhood education; he stated that was the reason falling asleep was chosen as his act, "because it was a way of getting me involved in the shows without actually having to do anything". Jeff reports that it took about a year to teach himself childhood development in the early wiggly days. Or as he quoted, "learn the language of preschool", including addressing children using the inclusive "everybody", instead of "boys and girls", and that The Wiggles' first performances were traumatic for him because he was not used to being around children. Since 1990, Jeff has taken a photo a day documenting the most eventful thing that has happened to him. He is "a keen surfer", leading to the production of album and accompanying song Surfer Jeff.

Jeff was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 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. In 2011, after numerous heart issues, Jeff underwent a triple bypass and received a pacemaker, and therefore could not perform in the band's US tour that year.

He has briefly returned to the role of the Purple Wiggle in 2020, following the absence of his successor, Lachlan Gillespie (the latter having temporarily left on paternity leave).

He also resurfaced in the Big W video, "Biggest Wiggly Birthday" in 2021.

Song Credits

Taking Off!

  • Do the Propeller! - Composition & Lyrics (w/Anthony Field, John Field)
  • Emma (with the Bow in Her Hair) - Composition, Arrangement & Lyrics (w/Anthony Field, John Field)
  • I've Got My Glasses On! - Arrangement & Lyrics (w/Anthony Field, John Field)
  • Who Got Da Bones? - Music & Lyrics (w/Anthony Field)
  • Meteorology (the Study of the Atmosphere) - Composition, Arrangement & Lyrics (w/Anthony Field, John Field, Paul Field)
  • Alouette/Mimi's Dance - Arrangement (w/Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins, Alex Keller)

Trivia

  • He and Greg Page are the only band members to reprise their original roles in regular Wiggles media since their departure (not counting reunion concerts).
  • He made an appearance on "Who Do You Think You Are?", where he found out more about the Asian leg of his family.
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