A fitting tribute! Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' claims Christmas No 1 spot
19:15 GMT, 23 December 2012
A cover version of 1969 Hollies hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' released as a tribute to the Hillsborough tragedy has claimed the Christmas No 1 spot.
The song, which has been heavily promoted by the club's famous figures over the past few weeks, beat X Factor winner James Arthur to the coveted position.
Former manager and player Kenny Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective and were joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the tragedy.
**Scroll down to watch the video of the song
Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop led the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts
WHERE TO GET THE SINGLE
Click here to buy from iTunes
Or text the word ‘Justice’ to 80010 from your mobile in the UK (1 + standard network rate)
Current Liverpool boss Brendan
Rodgers said: 'I think it's been great support [and] a great applause to
the football fraternity. I think they recognised what these families
and people have been through.
that to make number one shows that they've been helping them and
that'll be great for everyone concerned, puts a nice finish to the year
and allow the families to move on and be proud of what they've done.'
The record sold 269,000 copies this week, compared with 224,000 by Arthur.
A statement on the Liverpool website thanks all those who had bought the single as well as those who dedicated their time to ensuring people knew of it.
Fight: Families, with support from the likes of Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), continue campaigning for justice for the 96 who lost their lives in 1989
It read: 'After weeks of campaigning
and promoting, football fans around the world have achieved an historic
feat – the Justice Collective's Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't
Heavy, He's My Brother' is Christmas No.1!'
'Following widespread support for the track it was confirmed as the highest seller of the week on Sunday.
'Competition had been provided by
X-Factor winner James Arthur with 'Impossible', but even the 24-year-old
himself asked the public to purchase 'He Ain't Heavy' to ensure it
finished in top spot before Christmas.
Together we're better: Everton projected this message on to Anfield in support of the single
'Football supporters, both Liverpool
and otherwise, backed the song from its inception, and clubs across the
country have given their support by playing the record at half-time
during league fixtures.
'Celebrities, politicians, football
figures and contributors to the recording have all used social media to
raise awareness about the single, while Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers made an impassioned plea for fans to buy the track on Thursday.'
Everton showed their class with their
own message of support, taking to Twitter on their official account to
say: 'Great news that the Justice Collective have made it to number one.
Congratulations from everybody at Everton. #merseysideunited.'
VIDEO Hillsborough charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
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Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster
Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song
Who's singing what
The road is long – ANDY BROWN
With many a winding turn – ANDY BROWN
That leads us to who knows where – GERRY MARSDEN
Who knows when – PAUL HEATON
But I'm strong – GLENN TILBROOK
Strong enough to carry him – GLENN TILBROOK
He ain't heavy, he's my brother – JOHN POWER/ROBBIE WILLIAMS
So on we go – JOHN POWER
His welfare is of my concern – MELANIE C
No burden is he to bear – ROBBIE WILLIAMS
We'll get there – ROBBIE/MELANIE C
For I know – REBECCA FERGUSON
He would not encumber me – HOLLY JOHNSON
He ain't heavy, he's my brother- HOLLY JOHNSON/REBECCA F
If I'm laden at all – BEVERLEY KNIGHT
I'm laden with sadness – BEVERLEY KNIGHT
That everyone's heart – PALOMA FAITH
Isn't filled with the gladness- PALOMA FAITH
Of love for one another – ELIZA DOOLITTLE
It's a long, long road – DAVE McCABE
From which there is no return – PETER HOOTON
While we're on the way to there – REN HARVIEU / JON McCLURE
Why not share- JON McCLURE / REN HARVIEU
And the load – DAVE McCABE
It doesn't weigh me down at all – MACCA
Coz he ain't heavy – MACCA
(He ain’t heavy) – SHANE MACGOWAN
He's my brother – SHANE MACGOWAN/ BEVERLEY K
He's my brother – ALL (most)
He ain't heavy, he's my brother … – ALL (most)