The battle for Christmas No. 1 is the tightest-ever as The Justice Collective’s He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother goes head to head with the X Factor single.
Musicians Andy Brown (Lawson) and Pete Hooton; football legends Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid; actors and comedy artists John Bishop and Neil Fitzmaurice; and the Right Hon. MP for Liverpool Walton, Steve Rotheram, all visited HMV’s store in Liverpool One Centre to officially launch the single which supports the Hillsborough families’ campaign for justice.
Already a firm favourite with the bookies’ to top the festive charts, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, which was originally recorded and made famous by The Hollies in 1969, features a stellar line-up of artists led by Sir Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams. This wonderful cover also features Liverpool’s own Rebecca Ferguson, Melanie C, Andy Brown (Lawson), Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Peter Hooton (The Farm and TJC), Dave McCabe (The Zutons), Chris Sharrock (Beady Eye), John Power (Cast) and Gerry Marsden as well as further contributions from Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle, Beverley Knight, Mick Jones (The Clash), Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Ren Harvieu, Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South), Hollie Cook and Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers) – all donating their time to record and promote the single with the aim of getting it to No.1 in the Christmas charts.
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother is produced by the award-winning Guy Chambers, and proceeds from the sale of the single will go towards the Hillsborough Families’ legal costs in their continuing fight for justice. The single can also be ordered for mobile download by texting JUSTICE to 80010.