Robbie Williams and Mick Jones of The Clash are among the names set to release a charity single to challenge X Factor for the Christmas number one spot, in order to raise funds to help Hillsborough families with their legal costs.
The song, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, was originally recorded by The Hollies and recently featured in a moving tribute by Everton FC at Goodison Park in the wake of the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report.
Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish gave his backing to the single when he appeared at a London press conference to announce the song, alongside Walton MP Steve Rotheram and songwriter Guy Chambers, who will be producing the track.
The emotional number is set to be released on December 17th and will feature other singers including Beverly Knight, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Dave McCabe of the Zutons, Paul Heaton and Gerry Marsden.
Chambers, best known for his work alongside Robbie Williams, told the BBC: “If we can help to raise money to support the families’ legal battle so that they finally get their time in court then our job will be done.”
He went on to say that he was happy with his line up but it would be “amazing” to have Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney agree to appear on the song if possible.
MP Rotheram said he expects more stars to join in: “The artists that have been announced today have come on board with such enthusiasm for the project that I expect further names in the next few days will come forward as well.”