John Field (songwriter)
|John William Field|
|Birth name||John William Michael Field|
|Born||May 15, 1962|
|Associated acts||The Cockroaches, The Wiggles, The John Field Band|
John William Michael Field (born 15 May 1962 at Darlinghurst, New South Wales) is an Australian composer/songwriter who has written a large number of songs including the "Hot Potato" for the internationally acclaimed Australian children's performers, The Wiggles. He is the older brother of Anthony Field, the Blue Wiggle.
The Cockroaches and other music projects
Prior to writing for The Wiggles, John was a member of the Australian rock band, The Cockroaches, alongside his brothers Paul, Anthony and another future Wiggle, Jeff Fatt. In 1992, John was a member of The Honeymen (alongside Sean Sennett). The pair released two singles 'Felt Like A Kiss' and 'Motorbike Of Love'.
John has been in other live bands including The Alligators and The Oomph. His current outfit, The John Field Band is sought for parties and corporate functions. The John Field Band has released two albums, a self-titled debut, and a follow-up, 'Night Will Fall', in December 2007.
Field wrote and produced the musical Evie and the Birdman, which originally starred Sam Moran, who was to replace Greg Page as the Yellow Wiggle during Page's five year hiatus from the Wiggles. He is currently in the process of creating another musical theatre production, Who Loves Me?
He is married to Jacqueline Fallon, who directed and choreographed Evie and the Birdman, and they have four children. His brother Anthony Field has reported that he would be a professional cricketer if it weren't for his success in music (How I Got My Wiggle Back, p. 172).
In May 2008, John was diagnosed as suffering from Dupuytren's contracture and is currently seeking treatment.
- St Joseph's College Magazine (1979), annually published by St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, Sydney