The thing about the Wilburys to me is, if we'd of tried to plan that, or if anybody had tried to say, you know, "Let's form this band and get these people in it," it would never happen. It's impossible. And, the thing happened completely just by magic, just by circumstances. Maybe there was a full moon that night or something like that. It was quite a magical little thing really. I had dinner with Roy Orbison and Jeff [Lynne], and I said to Jeff, "Look tomorrow I'm just gonna go in the studio and make up a tune, and do you wanna come and help?" And he said, "Sure." Bob [Dylan] we knew had this little studio. I phone Bob up, I mean sometimes you can call him and not get through for years. He picked up first ring and said, "Sure come on over." My guitar was at Tom Petty's house, so Tom, Jeff picked me up, we went over to Bob's. I got the first line, it said, "Been beat up, battered around," and then, wham. They just kept coming with all these lines. And, there's Bob saying, "Well what's it called, what's it about?" Well I finally saw behind a door this big box with a sticker on it saying, "HANDLE WITH CARE." I said, "Handle With Care?" He said, "Oh yeah, good."
In 1962, Colin Golding, the bass player in The Presidents, introduced me to Ian Stewart, or "Stu" as he was affectionately known. Colin told me that he knew this guy who lived locally who had a vast collection of jazz and blues records. So he was definitely to be checked out. The friendship that grew from that meeting had an immense effect on my life. We met and discussed our mutual interest in the blues. He was so modest that it wasn't for some time that I found out that he played the piano and that he and a bunch of like-minded blues enthusiasts had put a band together called The Rolling Stones. In fact, he was responsible for starting the band with Brian Jones, having answered an advertisement Brian had placed in Jazz News earlier that year.
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