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The Traveling Wilburys – Nobody

Written by: Cy Coben, Mel Foree
Recorded: April-May; July 1990
Producers: George Harrison, Jeff Lynne
Released: 18 June 1990
Available on:
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3


Spike Wilbury (George Harrison): vocals, acoustic guitar
Boo Wilbury (Bob Dylan): vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Clayton Wilbury (Jeff Lynne): vocals, acoustic guitar
Muddy Wilbury (Tom Petty): vocals, acoustic guitar
Buster Sidebury (Jim Keltner): drums, percussion

‘Nobody’s Child’ was a bonus song on the 2007 reissue of Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.

The Beatles recorded ‘Nobody’s Child’ in Hamburg on 24 June 1961. The session was produced by Bert Kaempfert, and saw the recording of several other songs including ‘My Bonnie’ and ‘The Saints’.

The Traveling Wilburys recorded ‘Nobody’s Child’ at the beginning of the sessions for their second album. It was in response to Olivia Harrison’s request for a song to help raise money for Romanian children abandoned in state-run orphanages following the fall of communism. See more…

There was a request to just do a tune that would help, you know, attract some attention, and create maybe some funds to help the orphans in Romania. So we did it, did it very quick. Somebody else suggested asking some other people to, um, make it… rather than a single, make it into an album, so we phoned around a few people and they kindly gave tracks. Put it together. Talked Warner Records into putting it out. And they very kindly distributed it for us. And that’s it, really.
There’s been a lot of money collected. Not from the record yet, ’cause we don’t know that yet. But through an appeal through an English newspaper. The British public, who are very generous, gave a million pounds in six weeks, which is incredible.

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