June 16, 2010

Super Group - Traveling Wilburys

I can't think of a more "super" super group than The Traveling Wilburys.  I love the story of how they got together and how they made up their fictional names pretending to be half brothers all with the same father.  Sounds like they had a lot of fun with it:

"Starting at a meal among Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne, the group came together at Bob Dylan's home studio inMalibu, California, to record an additional track as a B-side for the single release of Harrison's "This Is Love". Tom Petty's involvement came by chance as Harrison had left his guitar at Petty's house.[3] The record label, however, decided that the song that resulted, "Handle with Care", was too good to be released as a "single filler".
The members enjoyed working together so much that they decided to create a full album together. Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, written by all the members, was recorded over a ten-day period in May 1988, and released on October 18. The "Wilburys" joke was extended further, with the band members credited under various pseudonyms, all sons of a fictional Charles Truscott Wilbury, Sr. and half brothers. The album was a critical and commercial success, spawning several successful singles and eventually reaching triple-platinum sales status in the US. The album was nominated for several awards and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group in 1989.
Roy Orbison's death on December 6, 1988, brought the end of the original lineup. In tribute to Orbison, during the music video for "End of the Line", when Orbison sings, his photo is shown followed by a shot of his guitar in a rocking chair."


The Traveling Wilburys of Volume 1 were:
  • Nelson Wilbury - George Harrison
  • Otis Wilbury - Jeff Lynne
  • Lefty Wilbury - Roy Orbison
  • Charlie T. Wilbury Jr. - Tom Petty
  • Lucky Wilbury - Bob Dylan
The Traveling Wilburys of Volume 3 were:
  • Spike Wilbury - George Harrison
  • Clayton Wilbury - Jeff Lynne
  • Muddy Wilbury - Tom Petty
  • Boo Wilbury - Bob Dylan
source:  Wikipedia

12 comments:

chez bez said...

Awesome bunch of guys there. Thanks for reminding me to listen to them more often.

Perplexio said...

Del Shannon was supposed to replace Orbison after his passing. However Shannon took his own life before that could come to fruition. :(

iStores said...

What a wicked picture!

Dan said...

Loved them! My brother named his band after the song "End of the Line".
They played well together and you could hear the fun they were having. Especially liked the Dylan contributions.

E.T.'s Gravity said...

This picture just put a smile on my face. I'm ashamed to admit, I know thse guys worked together but I didn't know that they formed a band together. Sounds like they did have fun! Thanks for this, what a truly super group! I'm gonna listen to them now. This is just awesome!! When I first saw the pic (without reading the post yet), I was like "hey thats harrison".."wait a minute, thats dylan"..."ooohh orbison"...I didn't even realized who the other two were because their backs were on the camera. I said they look familiar though, so I read the post. Reading the post just made me realized I didnt know much a lot about them till now :)The greatest people together, making great music! Amazing!

E.T.'s Gravity said...

Edit: Actually more like side view not backs (Lynn & Petty). Still, this is very informative for me.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Made some great music indeed

Charlie said...

Let's hope that someday they can get together and make volume 2

Dan said...

Charlie, They will have to wait to do that in heaven if they want the original band :-)

E.T.'s Gravity said...

after i read this post i started going thru youtube and started listening to the traveling wilburys...i just realized something, I'VE HEARD THEIR SONGS BEFORE!! i just didn't know the band was composed of these five great musicians!! wow, if it weren't for this post, i never would have realized that!!!

E.T.'s Gravity said...

btw, who's their drummer?

Charlie said...

Dan: Yes, I know it will have to be in heaven although it would be heavenly. I was actually making a joke because theire 2nd CD was actually called Volume 3.

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