Traveling Wilburys - Biography
The Traveling Wilburys were
a supergroup created by George Harrison and Jeff Lynne. Initially an
informal grouping with Roy Orbison and Tom Petty, they got together
to quickly record an additional track as a B-side for Harrison's
"When We Was Fab" single at Bob Dylan's Santa Monica, California
studio. The song they came up with was "Handle With Care" - which
the record company immediately realised was too good to be released
as a single "filler".
They enjoyed working together so
much that they decided to create an album together. Written by all
its members, the song-writing and recording was accomplished by this
group of musical geniuses over a ten day period (as Dylan was due to
go out on tour). Released in October 1988, under various pseudonyms
as half-brothers, supposed sons of Charles Truscott Wilbury, Senior,
the album was immediately dubbed as one of the top 100 albums of all
time by Rolling Stone. It was unfortunate that the untimely
death of band member Roy Orbison interfered with what might have
been to come.
"Wilburys" was a slang term coined
by Harrison and Lynne during the recording of Cloud Nine, the
Harrison album that featured "When We Was Fab", as a reference to
"gremlins" in the recording equipment and process. The term was used
again when the entire group was together. Harrison suggested "The
Trembling Wilburys" as the group's name, but they decided to use "Traveling"
A charity single, "Nobody's
Child" followed, and then a second album (titled Volume 3
to account for the missing chapter that was Roy Orbison's
contribution) in October 1990. However, without Orbison's voice,
songwriting and "elder statesman" influences, the album met with
more limited success.
As of January 2005, rumours refuse
to die that there may be a third album in the works, jokingly titled
"Vol. 5" because of George Harrison's passing in late 2001.
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