The Traveling Wilburys: Who Sings What

by Emilio Pérez Miguel on May 24, 2010

The Traveling Wilburys: Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison & George Harrison

The Traveling Wilburys: Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison & George Harrison

I have been asked a couple of times already who sings exactly what on the two volumes that The Traveling Wilburys were to issue during their stint together. Some (younger) people just aren’t accustomed to the singers’ voices on their own, and that is aggravated by the fact Petty sounds just like Dylan more than sporadically (“End Of The Line”, “7 Deadly Sins”). That is the reason why I decided to put this list together.

To begin with, their pseudonyms for each album:

The Traveling Wilburys Vol 1

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 Vol 3

Spike Wilbury – George Harrison
Clayton Wilbury – Jeff Lynne
Muddy Wilbury – Tom Petty
Boo Wilbury – Bob Dylan

Now, who sings what:

The Traveling Wilburys Vol 1

Handle With Care – Harrison
Dirty World – Dylan
Rattled – Lynne
Last Night – Petty
Not Alone Anymore – Orbison
Congratulations – Dylan
Heading for the Light – Harrison
Margarita – Dylan
Tweeter and the Monkey Man- Dylan
End of the Line- Petty (with Harrison, Lynne and Orbison singing a verse or two each)

The Traveling Wilburys Vol 3

She’s My Baby – Petty (Dylan and Harrison also sing several parts)
Inside Out – Dylan (with parts by Petty and Harrison)
She Belongs To Me – Dylan
The Devil’s Been Busy – Petty with Dylan and Lynne
7 Deadly Sins – Dylan
Poor House – Petty
Where Were You Last Night? – Dylan, Harrison
Cool Dry Place – Petty
New Blue Moon – Lynne, Harrison and Petty harmonizing together
You Took My Breath Away – Petty, Lynne
Wilbury Twist – Petty

There, I hope that helped!

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