Traveling Wilburys - Margarita [Album Version]Details

"Margarita is party instrumental, with a more pungent lead guitar and a Spanish flavour courtesy of the brass section, lyrics added halfway through as though they were an afterthought."
John Van Der Kiste (Early 1989 - Face The Music fanzine #5)

"[Bob Dylan] also sings one verse of Margerita [sic]."
Clinton Heylin (1996 - Bob Dylan: A Life In Stolen Moments: Day By Day, 1941-1995)

"Margarita was the one song that was penned by all five participants, and was claimed by all of their respective publishing entities. It was not the best tune on the LP, being more of a last-minute throwaway. This probably counted for its appearance as the B-side of Handle With Care; there were just too many great songs on the album to waste on a B-side. After all, that's how this whole thing came into being, isn't it?"
Chip Madinger and Mark Easter (October 2000 - Eight Arms To Hold You - The Solo Beatles Compendium)

"17 October ]1988]: The Traveling Wilburys' debut single Handle With Care c/w Margarita is released simultaneously in Britain and America. [...] Handle With Care c/w Margarita by the Traveling Wilburys was issued in Britain on Wilbury W 7732 on 17 October 1988 and in America on Wilbury 7-27732 on 11 October 1988. [...] Handle With Care c/w Margarita (a limited edition box set) by the Traveling Wilburys was issued in Britain on Wilbury W 7732W on 17 October 1988. [...] Handle With Care c/w Margarita was the first [Traveling Wilburys single released] (and in the British release, a bonus track on an extended Handle With Care issued in October 1988)."
Bill Harry (2003 - The George Harrison Encyclopedia)

"According to legend, Lynne got work because he was a nice bloke with zero ego, brilliant at soothing divas in the studio. But Handle With Care and Margarita show why the 1980s were the dregs of major-label rock sonics."
Rob Sheffield (June 13, 2007 - Rolling Stone review of Vol 1)

"My personal favorite is Margarita, which wears Jeff Lynne's influence more obviously than any other song here, and finds every member turning in a lyric or two that--intentionally or not--summarizes their song-writing stle beautifully. Compare Dylan's entire contribution: 'It was in Pittsburgh late one night/ I lost my hat, got into a fight/ We rolled and tumbled 'til we saw the light/ Went to the Big Apple. Took a bite.' with Petty's: 'She wrote a long letter/ on a short piece of paper.' It's James Joyce and Kurt Vonnegut, folks. And they're in the same band..."
Philip J. Reed (June 19, 2007 - noisetosignal.org)

"The 'ching, ching, ching' on Margarita-- it's back to my roots. It's skiffle really. But also, I was trying to think of a song that would feel a bit like a Bob Dylan tune, so I got on the chord D-- all the guitar players will know that-- and you go 'ching, chinga-ching ching...' That was that, really, and after half an hour we knocked it into shape."
George Harrison (2009 - The Traveling Wilburys book)

"Last Night and Margarita were largely Tom’s efforts."
John Van der Kiste (August 2015 - Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra - Before and After)

"Petty’s Last Night and Margarita likewise contribute a down-on-their-luck ethos to the myth of the traveling brothers."
Trevor J. Levin (October 28, 2018 - The Harvard Crimson)

"I think [the synthesizer on Margarita] was Dhani's [Harrison] idea. He would only be about seven or eight."
Jeff Lynne (November 14, 2019 - Classic Vinyl)


  • Running Time: 3:16
  • Record Date: May 7 to 16, 1988 (original recordings) and Summer 1988 (final mixing)
  • Record Location: Dave Stewart Studios, Los Angeles, USA (original recordings) & Friar Park Studios, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK (George Harrison's home studio) (final mixing)
  • Written By: Traveling Wilburys (Gone Gator Music indicates that Tom Petty is the primary songwriter)
  • Produced By: Jeff Lynne & George Harrison
  • Engineered By: Richard Dodd, Phil MacDonald, Don Smith and Bill Bottrell
  • Performed By: Jeff "Otis" Lynne (lead vocals, guitars, bass, backing vocals), Bob "Lucky" Dylan (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Tom "Charlie T." Petty (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals), George "Nelson" Harrison (guitars, backing vocals), Roy "Lefty" Orbison (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Jim Keltner (drums), Ray Cooper (percussion),Jim Horn (saxophone)

  • Released On:
    • Handle With Care 7" single (1988 October 17 — USA — Wilbury Records 7-27732)
    • Handle With Care cassette single (1988 October 17 — USA — Wilbury Records 4-27732)
    • Handle With Care 3" CD single (1988 October 17 — USA — Wilbury Records 2-27732)
    • Volume One LP album (1988 October 18 — USA — Wilbury Records 25796-1)
    • Volume One CD album (1988 October 18 — USA — Wilbury Records 25796-2)
    • Volume One LP album (1988 October 24 — UK — Wilbury Records WX 224)
    • Volume One CD album (1988 October 24 — UK — Wilbury Records 925796-2)
    • Handle With Care 7" single (1988 October 24 — UK — Wilbury Records W 7732)
    • Handle With Care 7" single w/ sticker (1988 October 24 — UK — Wilbury Records W 7732W)
    • Handle With Care 10" single (1988 October 24 — UK — Wilbury Records W 7732TE)
    • Handle With Care 12" single (1988 October 24 — UK — Wilbury Records W 7732T)
    • Handle With Care 3" CD single (1988 October 24 — UK — Wilbury Records W 7732CD)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection CD/DVD album (2007 June 11 — UK — Rhino/Wilbury Records 8122799824)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Deluxe CD/DVD album (2007 June 11 — UK — Rhino/Wilbury Records R2 167868)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Deluxe Digital album (2007 June 11 — UK — Rhino/Wilbury Records ?)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection CD/DVD album (2007 June 12 — USA — Rhino/Wilbury Records R2 167804)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Deluxe CD/DVD album (2007 June 12 — USA — Rhino/Wilbury Records R2 167868)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Deluxe Digital album (2007 June 12 — USA — Rhino/Wilbury Records ?)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Second Deluxe CD/DVD album (2007 November 20 — USA — Rhino/Wilbury Records R2 167868)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Second Deluxe CD/DVD album (2007 December 3 — UK — Rhino/Wilbury Records R2 167868)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection LP album (2007 December 4 — USA — Rhino/Wilbury Records RHI 224316)
    • Vol 1 CD album (2008 June 2 — UK — Rhino/Wilbury Records R2 ?)
    • Vol 1 CD album (2008 June 3 — USA — Rhino/Wilbury Records R2 255036)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection LP album (2016 June 3 — Worldwide — Concord Bicycle CRE-39517-01)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection CD/DVD album (2016 June 3 — Worldwide — Concord Bicycle CRE-39515)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Third Deluxe CD/DVD album (2016 June 3 — Worldwide — Concord Bicycle CRE-39516-00)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Deluxe Digital album (2016 June 3 — UK — Concord Bicycle ??)
    • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Digital album (2016 June 3 — UK — Concord Bicycle ?)
    • Vol. 1 Digital album (2016 June 3 — Worldwide — Concord Bicycle ???)
    • Vol. 1 LP album (2016 October 4 — Worldwide — Concord Bicycle ?)
    • Vol. 1 CD album (2016 October 14 — Worldwide — Concord Bicycle ???)
    • Volume One picture disc LP album (2018 November 2 — USA — Craft Recordings CR00040)
    • Volume One orange vinyl LP album (2020 October 9 — UK/USA — Wilbury Records CRE00213)