HE AIN’T Heavy He’s My Brother’ has crossed Stanley Park now it has been chosen as the Hillsborough charity single – following the emotional playing of the song at Goodison in September.
HE AIN’T Heavy He’s My Brother’ has crossed Stanley Park now it has been chosen as the Hillsborough charity single – following the emotional playing of the song at Goodison in September. But the relationship between the Hollies classic and the Blues is significant – and relatively uncharted.
Hollies’ lead singer Peter Howarth provided the perfect pick-me-up with his rendition of the classic at the Blues’ post-FA Cup final party at London’s Grosvenor Hotel in 2009. It captured the moment then, as it did at St Georges’ Hall in 2010 when it was played at the club’s end of season awards – and again at the shareholder forum later that year.
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright personally selected the song to be played for a fourth time in connection with the Blues when it so memorably encapsulated the mood in the city before the clash with Newcastle and following the publication of the Hillsborough Panel Report.
The worldwide acclaim it – and Everton’s response to the progress on Hillsborough received – will live long in the memory.
Now “He Ain’t Heavy” is symptomatic of the solidarity shown by the two clubs over the families’ campaign for justice. Let’s hope the new version, recorded in London last week, gets to the top of the charts.