Australian musician Jeff Fatt-How he became part of the children’s music group called The Wiggles with worldwide fame!
- Jeff Fatt is an Australian musician who gained fame as a member of the children’s group The Wiggles.
- He was with this group from 1991 to 2012 when he retired from it for health reasons.
Jeff Fatt and his life before The Wiggles
Jeff Fatt, 65 is from Casino in New South Wales in Australia. His parents are Chinese and owned a large retail store in Casino.
He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial design hoping to become an architect. But destiny had something else in store for him.
Firstly, he began a public address equipment business in Sydney with his brother. He began playing the keyboard and was in the rockabilly band called The Roadmasters. Later, Anthony and Paul Field called him to join them in their band called The Cockroaches.
Jeff Fatt joins The Wiggles
The Cockroaches disbanded in the early part of the 1990s. In 1991, Anthony called Jeff to help them record the first album for the children’s band called The Wiggles. Jeff had zero knowledge and zero interest in children’s songs. He was the only non-preschool teacher and very little experience in dealing with children.
Recalling those times, Jeff said:
“Anthony said, ‘I’ve got this idea, come down to the studio.'”
After knowing what Anthony was calling him for, Jeff replied:
“Hello, Anthony. Go away, go away. I’m not interested.”
Jeff had also said:
“Yeah, OK. I’ll humor you.”
But later, Jeff realized the magnitude of the project and how much success it gained.
Wake Up Jeff
Their song Wake Up Jeff became a huge success. Jeff said:
“I recall after we’d written Wake Up Jeff and recorded it, Anthony said: ‘You know that this is going to have quite a lasting impact, so you won’t be able to live this down from here on’.”
“My neighbors would tell me that there would be people going past my house in the very early hours of the morning, somewhat intoxicated, calling out ‘Wake Up Jeff’!”
“The irony is that I would be away on tour most of the time. I still hear it now on sporadic occasion and have a chuckle to myself.”
They decided to each have a particular color skivvy for the second album. Murray and Anthony already chose red and blue. Hence Jeff chose purple.
“I chose purple which really suited me.”
Greg got the yellow skivvy. Jeff also said:
“None of us really felt like rock stars as such.”
The Wiggles had a lot of performances in different towns and cities and have played to a crowd of up to 11k people.
Jeff Fatt and his health scare
Jeff was once driving and he felt faint. Later, he blacked out behind the wheel and hit a tree. He had to undergo heart surgery and the cardiac surgeons implanted a pacemaker into his heart.
Jeff decided to retire from the music world and handed the reins to Emma Watkins and Lachy Gillespie and Simon Pryce.
He felt that it was in the right hands and felt comfortable and easy.
Jeff is still connected with the band and is part of their board. He is a director and attends the meetings.
Source: Wikipedia, ABC Local