Artist of the week: The Travelling Willbury's

The Traveling Wilburys were an English-American supergroup on initiative of George Harrison together with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne (ELO), Roy Orbison and Tom Petty, accompanied by drummer Jim Keltner. The band recorded two albums in 1988 and 1990, though Orbison died before the second was recorded.

George Harrison first mentioned the Traveling Wilburys during a radio interview with Bob Coburn on the Rockline radio station in February 1988. When asked what he planned to do as a follow-up for his Clud Nine album, George replies: "What I'd really like to do next is... to do an album with me and some of my mates... a few tunes, you know. Maybe The Trembling Wilburys... it's this new group I got: it's called the Trembling Wilburys, I'd like to do an album with them and later we can all do our own albums again." "Wilbury" was a slang term for mistakes. 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.

Starting with a meal among Harrison, Lynne and Orbison, the group came together at Bob Dulan's home studio in Malibu, 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 and Harrison went to get it and Petty came back with Harrison. 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 Wilbury's Vol. 1. Written by all five men, it was recorded over a ten-day period in May 1988, and released on October 18. The album was recorded in the house and garden of Eurythmics member Dave Stewart The "Wilburys" joke was extended further, with the band members credited under various pseudonyms and pretending to be half-brothers – sons of a fictional Charles Truscott Wilbury, Sr. 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 Group in 1989.

Roy Orbison died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988. In tribute to Orbison, the music video for "End of the line" shows Orbison's guitar rocking in a chair as the rest of the group play, followed by a brief shot focusing on a framed picture of him. Despite Orbison's death, the remaining group members recorded a second and final studio album, which they intentionally misnumbered Traveling Willbury's Vol. 3. It was released on October 30, 1990, and met with less success than the previous one. In the booklet contained in the 2007 box set, the album title is credited to "George being George"; apparently Harrison was making a wry reference to the appearance of a bootleg that served as a sort of Volume 2.

The Traveling Wilbury's of the first album were: Nelson Wilbury (George Harrison), Otis Wilbury (Jeff Lynne), Lefty Wilbury (Roy Orbison), Charlie T. Wilbury jr. (Tom Petty) and Lucky Wilbury (Bob Dylan). The Traveling Wilbury's of the second album were: Spike Wilbury (Harrison), Clayton Wilbury (Lynne), Muddy Wilbury (Petty) and Boo Wilbury (Dylan).

Sessiondrummer Jim Keltner is mentioned as Buster Sidebury and Harrison's sun Dhani, who joined the band on 2 numbers that were only released on the compilation from 2007 is called Ayrton Willbury.