Sir Paul McCartney is set to appear on a new version of 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' in aid of a charity working with the Hillsborough families.
Of all the events in this dramatic year, none left as personal an impact as the results of the renewed Hillsborough enquiry. After almost 25 years after the deadly crush, the 96 victims were finally exonerated and the truth was revealed.
Brought about by the families of those affects, the legal costs were largely covered by charity. Now a new version of The Hollies classic single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' is set to be released in order to raise funds for the legal fight. Installed as the bookies favourite for the Christmas number one slot, the new recording features a variety of figures associated with Liverpool FC and the city itself.
Sir Paul McCartney has agreed to lend a hand, recording a vocal part and a guitar solo. Margaret Aspinall, whose 18 year old son died in the disaster, now helms the Hillsborough Family Support Group and welcomed McCartney's contribution. "He decided to do it and I think that's lovely because he's from Liverpool, he knows how Liverpool people work and he understands us," she said. (via the BBC)
Here's a clip from the making of the single (which we should point out was made before Sir Paul McCartney came on board).