‘Happy 28th Birthday’ to the Traveling Wilburys


(Reprinted from The College of Rock and Roll Knowledge)

By the late 80’s, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan had all played on each others albums. On April 3, 1988, they all got together along with Tom Petty at Dylan’s studio in Malibu, CA to record a single called “Handle With Care.” They had already worked on Harrison’s “This Is Love” and needed to record a ‘B’ side. The session went so well that the group, calling itself the Traveling Wilburys, goes on to record two whole albums together.

“Wilbury” was a slang term first used by Harrison during the recording of “Cloud Nine” with Jeff Lynne. Referring to recording errors created by some faulty equipment, Harrison jokingly remarked to Lynne, “We’ll bury ’em in the mix”. Thereafter, they used the term for any small error in performance and the term was used again when the group were together. Harrison suggested “The Trembling Wilburys” as the group’s name; instead, Lynne suggested “Traveling”, with which the group agreed.

Tom Petty’s involvement came by chance. George Harrison had left one of his guitar’s at Petty’s house and before the session, went to get it. George decided to invite Petty to join the session.

Happy 28th Birthday to the Traveling Wilburys!

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