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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

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Last post 05/04/2022

Posted by NJR

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      I know this is old news to some of you, but a friend of mine emailed me this. Not sure I ever saw the video, but I remember the terrible event. 

      https://youtu.be/2h8loYnNlZA

      The background - 

      • In 1989 a human crush occurred during the FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, which resulted in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans. Twenty-three years later the Hillsborough Independent Panel published the findings of its report which concluded that no Liverpool fans were responsible for the disaster, and up to 41 lives could potentially have been saved if the response of the emergency services had been swifter. Steve Rotheram, the MP for Liverpool Walton, expressed a desire to release a charity single to raise funds for the legal costs of the Hillsborough victims' families as part of their campaign for justice. Inspired by Everton's Hillsborough tribute on 17 September 2012, when the Hollies hit, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" was played prior to their match against Newcastle United, it was decided that a re-recording of the song by various artists would be released as the charity single.

      He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

      4:33 • Studio version • A

      Paul McCartney : Electric guitar solo, Lead vocals     Gerry Marsden : Lead vocals
       Steve Sidwell : Strings arrangement
       Holly Johnson : Lead vocals Robbie Williams : Lead vocals
       Rebecca Ferguson : Lead vocals Paloma Faith : Lead vocals
       Eliza Doolittle : Lead vocals  Beverley Knight : Backing vocals, Lead vocals
       Melanie C : Lead vocals  Andy Brown : Backing vocals, Lead vocals
       Mick Jones : Electric guitar  Peter Hooton : Lead vocals
       Chris Sharrock : Drums  Ren Harvieu : Lead vocals
       Dave McCabe : Lead vocals Paul Heaton : Backing vocals, Lead vocals
       Hollie Cook : Backing vocals  Jon McClure : Lead vocals
       John Power : Backing vocals, Lead vocals Guy Chambers : Piano, Producer
       Andrew Davitt : Acoustic guitar  Cyrus Reynolds : Brass arrangement
       Ian Davidson : Choir arrangement, Choir conductor  David Catlin-Birch : Bass guitar
       Alan Hansen : Choir John Bishop : Choir
       Kenny Dalglish : Choir Neil Fitzmaurice : Choir
       Peter Reid : Choir  Steve Rotheram : Choir
       LIPA Gospel Choir : Choir Vasily Petrenko : Strings conductor
       Richard Blake : Cornet, Flugelhorn Matthew Lewis : Euphonium
       Meredith Moore : French horn Will Pound : Harmonica
       Glenn Tilbrook : Lead vocals Shane MacGowan : Lead vocals
       Richard Flack : Mixing engineer, Producer, Recording engineer Oliver Som : Recording engineer
       Paul Stanborough : Recording engineer  Liam Nolan : Assistant recording engineer
       Alec Brits : Assistant recording engineer (choir) Tony Draper : Recording engineer (choir)
       Jon Withnall : Assistant recording engineer (strings)  Chris Taylor : Recording engineer (strings)
       Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra : Strings  Adi Brett : Strings
       Amelia Jones : Strings  Anthony Banks : Strings
       Catherine Marwood : Strings  Daniel Sanxis : Strings
       David Rimbault : Strings  David Ruby : Strings
       Fiona Stunden : Strings  Gemma Bass : Strings
       Gethyn Jones : Strings Hilary Browning : Strings
       James Justin Evans : Strings James Pattinson : Strings
       Kathryn Cropper : Strings Lesley Gwyther : Strings
       Olga Muszynska : Strings Paula Muldoon : Strings
       Paulette Bayley : Strings Rachel Jones : Strings
       Rakhvinder Singh : Strings Rebecca Walters : Strings
       John Hebbron : Strings Sarah Hill : Strings
       Simon Denton : Strings Stephan Mayer : Strings
       Stephen Mann : Strings Susanna Jordan : Strings
       Thelma Handy : Strings William Roberts : Tuba

        I just got home from The Flower Power Cruise and got to see the Hollies perform this song in the big theatre on the Celebrity Summit. Had a front row seat that was miraculously available!