Ol’ 55

Vocalist and saxman Wilbur Wilde has been a fixture on the Australian music scene since Ol’55 got together in Sydney in 1975.

Band Appearances

Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons occupied another four years along with tours and recording dates with, amongst others, Skyhooks, Cold Chisel, Kevin Borich and Split Enz.

Clockwise from left… Wilbur with Doc Neeson from The Angels, Wilbur and Joe Camilleri, Ol’ 55, Wilbur on Hey Hey It’s Saturday

wilbur-wilde collaborations bands

Hey Hey It’s Saturday

He is best known for his work as member of the house band on the popular tv show “Hey Hey It’s Saturday” alongside Red Symons (Skyhooks) from from 1984 to 1999.

Hey Hey It’s Saturday 2009 reunion

Hey Hey It's Saturday 2009 reunion show

Wilbur Wilde And The Troublemakers

As well as holding down plenty of television, radio, public speaking and theatre engagements in the ensuing years, Willy has continued to perform live with all sorts of bands, right around the country, including Wilbur Wilde and The Troublemakers.

Wilbur with Plukka Duck and some of The Troublemakers

Wilbur Wilde, Plukka Duck, Some of The Trouble Makers

TV Appearances

Wilbur has made numerous other TV appearances throughout his career on shows including The Flying Doctors, MDA, The Paul Hogan Show, Blankety Blanks, Sale of the Century, Celebrity Squares, MTV, Getaway, Postcards, Prisoner, Temptation, Spicks and Specks, The Russell Gilbert Show, and commercials for the Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency. From 1992 to 1999, Wilbur toured with The New Rocky Horror Show, contributing to more than 750 performances along the way. His CV also boasts a string of movie credits including Trojan Warrior, Mad Max, The Coolangatta Gold, City of the Damned, Jenny Kissed Me, Dead End Drive-In, and Cool Change.

Wilbur with Myf Warhurst and Amanda Keller on Spicks and Specks

wilbur wilde - spicks and specks


Between 2000 and 2004, Wilde presented the Classic Café on Gold 104.3 Melbourne. In December 2005, Wilde joined Vega 91.5, hosting a drive show between 3 – 6pm and departed the station in 2008. He also previously presented radio shows at 3UZ and 3XY. He currently appears on 3MP every Wednesday at 8:30am.


Over the years he has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Skyhooks, Elvis Costello, Tom Jones, Split Enz, Roy Orbison, Cold Chisel, Joe Cocker, Dire Straits, the Angels, Dragon, James Reyne and Jimmy Barnes.

Wilbur with Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes & Wilbur Wilde - Myer Music Bowl Tsunami Relief Concert

Public Speaking

Wilbur delivers a treat to audiences as he sings, plays, and laughs his way through rock songs. He also challenges the audience’s musical knowledge, delivering interactive and totally memorable event entertainment!

In 2007, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.