Traveling Wilburys – Handle With Care
Written by megarock on April 3, 2021
April 3, 1988: The group that would become The Traveling Wilburys recorded “Handle With Care” at Bob Dylan’s home studio in Malibu, California. The quintet was comprised of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynn, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. Jim Keltner joined them on drums.
The song was originally intended as the B-side of Harrison’s “This Is Love” single. George had not yet written a song for the B-side when an impromptu gathering of the musicians who became the Wilburys turned into an informal songwriting and jam session. Casting about for a song idea while relaxing in a garden near Bob Dylan’s home recording studio, Harrison was inspired when he noticed a box in Dylan’s garage that was labelled “Handle with Care”. The completed song quickly followed, with different members of the gathering contributing various lines. The group moved to Dylan’s studio and quickly laid down the basic tracks which were later polished by Jeff Lynne.
Harrison’s record label decided that the song was too good to be released as a B-side. Encouraged by this response and the enjoyable experience of recording together, the group re-convened to record the first Wilburys album. Both the single and the album would be released in October 1988.