Jeff Lynne Was Essential to Traveling Wilburys’ Hit Sounds

Jeff Lynne Was Essential Traveling Wilburys'
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From his production work on Harrison’s “Cloud Nine” in ’87 to his production duties on Tom Petty’s ’06 solo album, “Highway Companion,” Lynne spent almost 20 years as producer as well as an essential writing and performing component of a free-floating collective of music legends known in aggregate as the Traveling Wilburys and as solo artists as Harrison, Lynne, Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison.

The triple-platinum “Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1” in 1988 was deemed a “low-key masterpiece” by Rolling Stone at the time and has only grown in stature over the decades. Hot on the heels of that success, Lynne helped Petty and Mike Campbell produce an even bigger hit in 1989, Petty’s first solo album, “Full Moon Fever,” which went 6x platinum and yielded not just several hit singles, but lasting classics such as “Free Fallin’” and “I Won’t Back Down.”

That same year, producer Lynne hit the charts with another “Wilbury” solo project, which was the bittersweet success story of Orbison’s final studio album, the multi-platinum-seller “Mystery Girl,” released posthumously on the heels of Orbison’s untimely death at age 52 in December 1988. Orbison reportedly considered Lynne “the best producer I ever worked with,” a monumental tribute from an artist who created some of the towering achievements of American rock ’n’ roll.

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  1. Wilbury1 says:

    Jeff Lynne is one of the greatest and underrated musicians in the history of rock music.

    A real musical genius in the truest sense.

  2. Susana Martín-Caro says:

    Essential in whatever he does!!!

  3. Ann Turner says:

    About time

  4. Dave Schaechtel says:

    The Rock Hall is a sham, but don’t let that keep you from visiting the Rock Hall Museum in Cleveland, which is not to be missed!

  5. Jack says:

    Yes I to smell a fish!!! Lynne is the very essence of creativity just the way it is. People don’t have a clue who he is and they listen to him or his music daily. People must be a sleep!

  6. Charles Amparan says:

    This rock star has done it all and he has not been voted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame, especially when considering Lynne was at the cutting edge into fusing rock and classical music as well were the Moody Blues who were also pioneers in this field of music. There is something wrong with how the committee choses their hall of famers. Joan Jett got in before Lynn (ELO) and the Moody Blues, something smells fishy here?

    • Arlie Garrabrant says:

      and Madonna? Lynne is a musical genius…great orchestrations, great albums, movie tunes etc.
      how about Steppenwolf and the Guess who…dozens of hits there. What a travesty. I will avoid the R&R Hall just for this reason.

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