December 4, 2006
THERE IS NO JOY IN KIDVILLE:
Hush, Mama, Donâ€™t You Cry, a New Yellow Wiggle Will Sing (JACQUES STEINBERG, 12/04/06, NY Times)
The millions of families with preschool-age children around the world who have bought CDs and DVDs featuring the Wiggles, the Australian foursome known as much for their cheery color-coded jerseys as their catchy tunes, have long treated the band with an ardor reminiscent of the screams that greeted the British pop invasion.
So when Greg Page, 34, the bandâ€™s lead singer since its inception 15 years ago, announced on Thursday that he was resigning after being diagnosed with a serious illness that leaves him frequently lightheaded and unable to dance and leap to the groupâ€™s most energetic hits, it was the equivalent of John Lennon or Paul McCartney quitting the Beatles. That comparison is not so far-fetched considering Mr. Pageâ€™s high visibility within the band, which estimates it has sold more than 15 million DVDs and CDs in the United States alone in less than a decade, and in light of his role as singer and co-writer of most of its repertory of original rock and pop compositions.
Anthony is, of course, the best Wiggle, but we'll miss Greg. Posted by Orrin Judd at December 4, 2006 8:20 AM