Robbie Williams leads all-star cast in bid to beat X-Factor to Xmas No1 to raise legal fee funds for families of Hillsborough disaster
12:50 GMT, 26 October 2012
An all-star charity single to raise funds for Hillsborough families will take on the X Factor for Christmas No 1.
Robbie Williams, Mel C, Rebecca Ferguson and Paloma Faith are among the stars who have come together to cover The Hollies' 1969 hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.'
All money raised from the single will go towards paying the legal costs of families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
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All-star cast: Pop stars including Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Paloma Faith will record a charity single to raise money for Hillsborough families
Fundraiser: Proceeds from the single, which could be Christmas No.1, will help the families of the 96 pay their legal costs
It comes after a damning report was released last month into the handling of the deaths, at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground.
Other artists involved in the single include Mick Jones from The Clash, Chris Sharrock from Oasis and the Lightning Seeds, and Gerry Marsden, who recorded the Liverpool anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.
Steve Rotheram, MP for Walton and long-standing Hillsborough campaigner, said: 'I am proud to announce that a group of some of the biggest UK recording artists are coming together to record 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' to support the Hillsborough families fight for justice.
'Whilst we are confident that the campaign for truth and justice is nearing a conclusion, for 23 years the bereaved Hillsborough families have carried the eternal flame of hope that we would one day see those responsible brought to justice.
Stars: Robbie Williams (left) and Paloma Faith (right) are just two of the stars who will sing The Hollies' 1969 hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'
'All profits from this CD will go towards assisting with any legal costs incurred in that fight. The families have suffered enough.'
Club legend Kenny Dalglish added: 'The families of the 96 should never have been in the position they are now in, of having to fight to get the accidental verdicts of the 1989 inquests overturned.
'I will continue to support their dignified campaign every step of the way.'
Triple Ivor Novello winning songwriter Guy Chambers will produce the single, which will be recorded at his North London studio later this month.
Classic: The single will be The Hollies' 1969 hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'
He said: 'I am deeply honoured to be asked to produce this record for the 96. If it 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.
'I spent my teenage years in Liverpool and feel a deep affection for both its musical heritage and the unique solidarity of its people.'
The song was played during Everton's tribute to the 96 victims before their Barclays Premier League match with Newcastle United last month.
VIDEO: Kenny Dalglish and Guy Chambers at the announcement…