They were the first of the 'Super' groups combining stars of the musical world, and genuine friends, who had each achieved fame with their own musical talents. The Traveling Wilburys were formed in 1988 and consisted of 5 members:
Bob Dylan -Lucky Wilbury (Boo Wilbury)
Jeff Lynne - Otis Wilbury (Clayton Wilbury)
Tom Petty - Charlie T. Jr.(Muddy Wilbury)
Roy Orbison- Lefty Wilbury
George Harrison - Nelson Wilbury (Spike Wilbury)
The Traveling Wilburys began after George's comeback album; Cloud Nine was completed, George had to create a bonus track for the European twelve inch version of 'When We Was Fab'. Since Jeff Lynne helped in the creation of George's album, he postponed his other projects: work on Roy Orbison's album Mystery Girl, and work on tracks for Tom Petty. The two Englishmen discussed this over lunch in L.A. That Roy was so well versed in the Monty Python genre of British comedy. George was delighted when Roy volunteered to sing with him on the extra track.
And so I just thought I'll just go into the studio tomorrow and do one, and it happened that Jeff was working with Roy and Roy wanted to come. My guitar was at Tom's house for some reason and I had to go round and get it. And the only studio that we could find available was Bob's. So we thought, Bobs got one, we'll just call him up.
It wasn't worth booking anywhere expensive so George telephoned Bob Dylan in Santa Monica whose garage was available for recording in the next day. Rolling up late the following morning, Roy shook hands with guitarist Tom Petty, whose group had backed Dylan on the tour that had terminated at Wembley. Petty had nothing better to do, so he tagged along.