ELLESMERE Port singer Ian Prowse has helped record a charity song bidding to become Christmas number one.
Amsterdam frontman Ian Prowse joined an all-star line-up gathered in London’s Metropolis Studios last week to record The Hollies classic He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother to raise money for the Hillsborough families’ legal fees.
It was an emotional return to the studios for Prowse, who recorded the first Pele album Fireworks there 21 years ago.
Robbie Williams, Mel C, Paloma Faith and Beverley Knight appear on the track with former footballers Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Peter Reid, comedian John Bishop and chef Heston Blumenthal. Everyone involved gave their services for free.
Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram, whose idea the single was, personally asked Ian to take part.
Ian said: “He phoned me up and said ‘I want you there’. He wanted Liverpool musicians to be represented on the single. You might not be able to hear me on the record but that’s not what matters.
“The entire country was taken aback by the depth of the revelations which exonerated every Liverpool fan and pointed the finger of blame very firmly on the establishment. Hopefully the country will recognise something has got to be done about that.”
Ian says the public’s reason for buying the track is irrelevant – as long as they buy it.
He added: “Whatever drives you to buy the single, whether it’s because your affected by Hillsborough, whether you’re shocked by the revelations or you just hate X Factor, we don’t care!”
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother by The Justice Collective will be released on December 17.