The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup in the late 1980’s made up of Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra), Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan.
This week it was reported that Bob Dylan’s share of the Traveling Wilburys has been acquired by Primary Wave Music, an asset that most people probably did not realize was not included in the Nobel Prize-winning artist’s nine-figure deals with Universal Music Publishing and Sony Music.
Dylan’s master royalties and neighboring rights royalties for both of the group’s albums, as well as a 2007 box set, are included in the deal. Terms were not disclosed.
Powered by songs like “End of the Line” the albums were a surprise pop hit, with the first one winning a Grammy and being certified triple platinum and both reaching top 5 in several countries.
Primary Wave “will look to further the legacy of these iconic musicians and these celebrated and legendary albums using their internal infrastructure that includes marketing, digital strategy, licensing, and synch opportunities.”
The song ” End of the Line” has a railroad theme, as the “end of the line” represents the train’s last stop. Harrison wrote most of the lyrics.
Roy Orbison died before the music video of this song was made, so in memory of him, when his verse comes on the video it shows a picture of him on the train and his guitar on a rocking chair.