Back in the late 80;s a group of musicians gathered to work on a George Harrison B-side, and accidentally turned into the group Traveling Wilburys. Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynn (formerly of ELO.) They chose one of my favorite drummers Jim Keltner to bang the skins.

The Traveling Wilburys issued their first album , "Traveling Wilburys Volume 1", and cool thing about it is that it gave each member the chance to sing a few songs with out the pressure of supporting an entire album. Each of the five Wilburys (who all used fake names such as Lefty Wilbury, or Otis Wilbury) had a diverse and unique style which can be heard on the album.

On December 6, 1988, Roy Orbison died of a heart attack. The boys released a video for their second single "End Of The Line" featuring the four remaining members playing the song inside a moving train , with an empty rocking chair (complete with guitar) indicating Roy Orbison's presence even though dead.

After the release of their second album, Volume 111, it became increasingly clear the listening public was no longer listening (or buying) and the Traveling Wilburys decided to disband. Offers were made to the band to hire someone to replace Orbison, and many artists stepped forward. Among them, Donovan and Jim Roger McGuinn (Byrds). The boys simply smiled and replied "The band has retired." You can't replace a Roy Orbison.

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