The Traveling Wilburys were named after a recording studio slang term used by George Harrison.

George Harrison enjoyed socializing with his peers.

He was closer to God when he was with them.

George would show up late at night at their homes, expecting jam sessions, which they could never refuse because they adored him as much as he adored them.

Why not form one of the world's largest supergroups if they all enjoy jamming and hanging out together?

The result was the Traveling Wilburys, dubbed "the supergroup to end all supergroups" by Rolling Stone.

Although George was the band's founder and leader, his bandmates, including Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Bob Dylan, treated each other as equals.

They left their egos at the door and allowed the band to go where it pleased.

However, because the band formed by chance, they named it after George's slang term for an accident.

According to George's version of the story, the Traveling Wilburys came together by chance.

He admitted to Count Down in 1990 that he was in a pickle after recording Cloud Nine in 1987.

In Europe, a 12-inch single required an extra song, and George was one song short.

The next day, he had to rush to the studio to write and record a song.

Over dinner that night, he told his friends Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison about it.

George asked Lynne to assist him, but Lynne had no idea where they'd find a studio and an engineer in such a short amount of time.

Orbison told the guys that if they did anything, they should call him because he wanted to watch.

George then recalled that Bob Dylan had a recording studio in his garage.

So George contacted him and asked if they could use it, and Tom Petty joined them because George needed to pick up his guitar from Petty's house.

When George and Lynne were writing the song, George thought it would be silly to have Orbison there, so he asked him to sing on the new tune.

The music was written by George and Lynne first, but it lacked words.

However, while looking around Dylan's garage, George noticed a box labeled "Handle With Care," so they based the lyrics on that.

Then he decided to enlist the help of the entire crew to perform on the song.

George knew "Handle With Care" was too good for a 12-inch single in Europe.

He kept it until he decided to have everyone record an entire album with it.

The Traveling Wilburys appeared out of nowhere.

It would never have happened if they tried to plan something like the Traveling Wilburys, George once said.

It did happen, though, thanks to a little magic.

"Perhaps it was a full moon that night," George speculated.

So, if the band was an accident in the making, it was only fitting that they named it after a studio slang term George used.

George invented the word "Wilbury" while working on Cloud Nine with Jeff Lynne, according to Rolling Stone.

"We'll bury 'em in the mix," George always assured Lynne when faulty equipment caused recording errors in the studio. "Eventually, he shortened that to "Wilbury," a slang term that described all mistakes or accidents.

When the supergroup reunited for only nine days to record an entire album based on "Handle With Care," they had to come up with a new name for their band.

Originally, George proposed "the Trembling Wilburys," but either Lynne or Dylan suggested "Traveling," so the band's name really means "Traveling Accidents," as they were.

The whole point of the Traveling Wilburys was for five friends to get together and jam without getting too worked up about anything.

They only wanted to see what happened and have a good time.

George continued to tell Count Down that he despised famous musicians forming supergroups because they did so for all the wrong reasons and produced nothing worthwhile.

But not the Traveling Wilburys.

George's idea of forming a band, according to Petty, was so that they could all hang out.

Petty said, "From what he told me, the Beatles were that way."

"He wanted the Traveling Wilburys to be like that, like, 'If we're going to the party, we're all going.' I'm so glad I got to be in a band with him. He taught me so much."

George was a huge fan of the Wilburys, according to Petty, and his enthusiasm was contagious.

"I loved 'End of the Line.' I remember the day he started writing it on the piano," Petty explained.

"And we all sat together in a group."

I like the phrase 'Handle With Care.'

In a recording session or a writing session, his enthusiasm was contagious.

He simply exuded unbridled zeal.

"George adored the Wilburys; it was his baby from the start, and he went at it with such zeal that he considered himself a Wilbury for the rest of his life."

George was only interested in jamming with his friends.

He couldn't care less if they collaborated on music.

He didn't start the Traveling Wilburys for that reason.

He was only interested in his friends and music.

Why not put them together?

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