The Traveling Wilburys was a band that was formed in 1988 at the initiative of former Beatle George Harrison. In addition to Harrison, the super group from Jeff Lynne,Roy OrbisonTom Petty and Bob Dylan. The Wilburys ' two CDs from but never performed on and gave hardly any interviews.


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The collaboration arose when Harrison invited his friends Lynne and Orbison to collaborate on the b-side for his single " This is Love. It was supposed to be the song to record on an old eight-track recorder by Dylan. Petty came into the picture because Harrison had his guitar with him. Record company Warner realized that the number by the five included Handle With Care too good to serve only as B-box and asked the occasion formation to make an album. The band would later Harrison in interviews a ' happy accident ' call.

The album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 was recorded in the studio in May 1988 by Dave Stewart in Hollywood. The songs are largely composed and written together. For the recordings were just ten days pulled out because Dylan was about to go on tour. The album and the single Handle With Care were released in October 1988 and became a worldwide success. The Group presented itself as so-called family group of half-brothers, sons of the fictional Charles Truscott Wilbury, SR. The person collaboration came to an end rather abruptly, however, when Lefty Wilbury, or Orbison, died of a heart attack on 6 december 1988. In the music video for the second single from the album, End Of The Line, sung by Orbison was honored by him during the portion of his guitar in a rocking chair to image, followed by a picture of Orbison.

Late 1989 there was speculation that Del Shannon as a successor of Orbison would join the Traveling Wilburys. He worked at that time with Jeff Lynne to a comeback album. The suicide of Shannon in February 1990, however, made an end to the rumors. In June 1990, they released the single nobody's Child , as part of a charity project for Romanian orphans. In October of that year was followed by a second album,Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3. The album is rougher but also less successful than the first.

In 2007, a compilation of the occasional band, consisting of the two released CDs and a dvd with a documentary about the making of the first album and some video clips.


The five members of the Traveling Wilburys found one another in a love of rockabillyskiffle and precursors from the 50 's of rock music. The style is also nostalgic with influences from country music. The five separate members released expressly in their own style and music history with it. "The Wilburys must reminiscent old Carl Perkinsand Bob Dylan tunes. Think of it as a pastiche, a montage of all the good memories of days gone by ", Harrison said in an interview in 1988 in the British newspaper The Guardian.


The term "Wilburys" was used for failed jargon that Harrison and Lynne takes during the recording of Harrison's Cloud Nine album ("we'll bury them in the mix"). Five are initially called it The Trembling Wilburys, later the name was changed to Traveling Wilburys.

The Traveling Wilburys of the first album were:

The Traveling Wilburys of the second album were:

  • Spike Wilbury (Harrison)
  • Clayton Wilbury (Lynne)
  • Muddy Wilbury (Petty)
  • Boo Wilbury (Dylan)

Session drummer Jim Keltner, shown in the video clip of Handle With Care and the drummer on both albums by the group, is on a compilation released in 2007 presented as Buster Sidebury. Harrison's son Dhani Harrison, aka Ayrton Wilbury, is to hear on this compilation as a singer and guitarist in two previously unreleased songs.



  • Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988)
  • Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 (1990)


  • Handle With Care (1988)
  • End Of The Line (1989)
  • Nobody's Child (1990)
  • She's My Baby (1990)
  • Wilbury Twist (1991)


  • The Traveling Wilburys Collection (2007): a combination of the two released albums and a dvd.

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Handle with care - - - - - - - 1537 838 1525 1396 1383 1257 1119 1189

"Traveling Wilburys Vol. 2"[Edit]Edit

It is unclear why the first album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 was followed by a vol. 3 and not a vol. 2. Harrison claimed in an interview that the Group was working on the second album, but that the written material was stolen before it was ready. Speculations are going out of a joke, a nod to various illegal bootlegs under the name Volume 2 with residual material from the first album, or a tribute to the deceased Orbison. Another theory is that Tom Petty's 1989 album Full Moon Fever , with the participation of Harrison, Lynne and Orbison, as the unofficial second Wilburys album can be considered.

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