Traveling Wilburys

By Gary.

Supergroups:  There have been many over the last 50 years.  The one I will talk about is my favourite and not just because it is rated as the Number 1 Supergroup, but mainly because they were formed by accident.  I am talking about the 1988 Group Traveling Wilburys   The original Group consisted of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. 

The sad part is that, as of October 2020, only 2 of the original 5 are still with us: Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan.  With that talent they wrote a song in 1 day, named it after a sign on a carboard box “Handle with Care” presented it to Warner Brothers and they loved it and it was a hit.

L-R: Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Roy Orbison

·        “Nelson Wilbury” – George Harrison

·        “Otis Wilbury” – Jeff Lynne

·        “Lefty Wilbury” – Roy Orbison

·        “Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr.” – Tom Petty

·        “Lucky Wilbury” – Bob Dylan


1988 / Official Video / Handle with Care


1989 / Official Video/ End of the Line


1990 / Del Shannon’s Runaway


1991 / Official Video / Wilbury Twist


2019 / Jeff Lynne was joined by “Danny Harrison” to sing Handle With Care



1988 / Handle With Care / # 2 Canada


1989 / End of the Line / # 8 Canada


1989 / Heading for the Light /# 88


1990 / Nobody’s Child / # 44 UK


1990 / She’s My Baby / # 30 Canada


1990 / Inside Out / # 50 Canada


1991 / Wilbury Twist / # 86 Canada



See Wikipedia:

Reversing the usual process by which groups break up and give way to solo careers, the Traveling Wilburys are a group made up of solo stars. The group was organized by former Beatle George Harrison, former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison, thus representing three generations of rock stars. In 1988, the five (who had known each other for years) came together to record a Harrison B-side single and ended up writing and recording an album on which they shared lead vocals. It turned out to be a way to transcend the high expectations made of any of them as individuals, and a delighted public sent the album to number three, with two singles, “Handle With Care” and “End of the Line” hitting the charts. Unfortunately, Orbison died of a heart attack only a few weeks after the album’s release.

Two years later, the remaining quartet released a second album, inexplicably titled Vol. 3. Although it didn’t match the success of the first Wilburys album, it was another million-selling hit. Throughout the ’90s, there were rumors of another Traveling Wilburys record in the works, but no new albums from the group surfaced. Harrison and Lynne did re-team in 1995, when Lynne produced and reworked two John Lennon demos with the Beatles for their Anthology rarities collection.

The Traveling Wilburys albums drifted out of print in the late ’90s, making the 2007 release of The Traveling Wilburys Collection — a double-disc set containing both albums, plus a bonus DVD — a noteworthy affair. It debuted at number one in the U.K. and nine in the U.S., eventually earning platinum and gold certifications in the respective countries. In 2016, the collection saw a re-release on Concord

George Harrison left us in 2001 and Tom Petty 2017.


2 responses to “Traveling Wilburys

  1. First Album was fantastic.Second was garbage.I only have songs from first album. I deleted all second album songs.Love the big O. Drew

  2. The first album was exceptional. Love the “End of the Line” video.

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