Who could have "replaced" Roy Orbison in the Traveling Wilburys?

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  1. youraveragevinylcollector

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    While it is clearly obvious that Roy Orbison couldn't have been replaced in The Traveling Wilburys, who do you think could have filled in for him and given good musical and songwriting input? My personal pick would be either Johnny Cash or Carl Perkins. Johnny Cash had worked with Dylan & Orbison, and was in a career slump, and it would have shot him into absolute god-like legend status before the American Recordings ever came out. Who knows what kind of success Vol. 3 would've done? Or if there were even a Wilburys tour?... Who would be you pick/picks for Orbison's spot?
     
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  4. The Hud

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    Hologram of Roy Orbison.
     
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  5. willy

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    Dave Edmunds.
     
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    That would have definitely been a good fit. But with all those demons he was struggling with in his final days, who knows if he'd have even been alive by the 1980s anyway :confused:
     
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  8. youraveragevinylcollector

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    Interesting choice for sure. Wouldn't have expected that as an answer at all, if I'm honest.
     
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  9. HitAndRun

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    I think it would have helped if someone had the clear high voice of Orbison to add to the mix. Perhaps that's what they were thinking of when they chose Del Shannon to replace Orbison.

    Timothy B Schmit? He certainly has written and recorded songs (albeit more recently) that would fit right in with the Wilburys.

     
  10. I hadn't thought of Plant either but that's a GREAT suggestion!
     
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    I’m sure this has come up before but my vote goes to Gene Clark, if only because it might have given him the impetus to turn his life around and give us a few more years.
     
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  13. youraveragevinylcollector

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    He definitely makes good music, but it seems like his voice would be too... soft? Orbison's and Shannon's voices were both super strong, even in later years. Schmit seemed like more of a harmonies guy to me, but he could have maybe fit in.
     
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    Now THAT I could see.
     
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    He notoriously doesn't play well with others but Neil Young might have been an interesting choice. He was just about to breathe life back into his career and was soon to be adopted as "godfather of grunge" so he had some strong material at the time. Might have made TW Vol 3 a way better album.
     
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    I'm not sure that's correct. I'm sure I've seen an interview with JL where he confirmed that they never considered replacing RO
     
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  18. alexpop

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    Did say “if”.
    Hypothetically that is.

    Saying that he’d still be in Las Vegas no doubt.

    GH met him ., GH said “ I felt a dirty hippie in comparison to Elvis “. :)
     
  19. JoeF.

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    Glen Campbell or Waylon Jennings.

    Or, from out of left field, Jerry Garcia
    (Trips Wilbury).
     
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  20. HitAndRun

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    You're right. It seems that I read the 'press speculation' (as described in the TW Wikipedia page) and I thought that was more firm than it was. I haven't got my CD to hand, but I have a Japanese release and I thought that the liner notes for Vol 3. mention Shannon. But, I can't check.
     
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  22. Michaelpeth

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    Not a JL interview, but its mentioned here.

    Never a 'Runaway' : Rocker Del Shannon's Still Writing, Recording, Performing Worldwide
     
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    Del Shannon, Dave Edmunds and Dave Stewart were in that "crowd" at the time. As a fan of the group, I was completely fine with Vol. 3 being just the 4 of them after Orbison had died.

    I don't think an album with an added new guy could have been as good as the 2 albums they made. But I would have absolutely adored a 3rd album from the 4 of them.

    When asked, they always excused themselves with Bob's heavy touring schedule but were generally open to the idea. But reading between the lines of what came to light much later, George's lawsuits against Derek O'Brien and Tom's drug problem seem somewhat likely to have been the main contributing factors as to why the 4 Wilburys did not get back together in the late 90s for another album.

    All things considered, I'm really thankful for how much joy they gave us with their 2 albums and the few outtakes from these sessions that came out later.
     
  25. O Don Piano

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    Tony Bennett?

    Seriously, I can’t think of anybody who would been able to replace Roy Orbison.
    It would have to be somebody who had an amazing voice. And from the “old-school”.
     
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