Metropolis RecordingsThe U.K. charity single featuring a version of the 1969 Hollies hit "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" sung by Paul McCartney and many other British stars under the moniker The Justice Collective was released in the U.S. on Monday as a digital download. The track, which is available via iTunes and Amazon, will raise money for the families of the many people who were killed during an April 1989 crushing incident at the Hillsborough soccer stadium in Sheffield, England.
As previously reported, McCartney contributed a guitar solo as well as vocals to the tune. Among the other notable artists featured are Squeeze's Glen Tilbrook, The Clash's Mick Jones, Gerry and the Pacemakers frontman Gerry Marsden, Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Holly Johnson, The Pogues' Shane MacGowan and Robbie Williams.
To promote the song, it was played during halftime at many soccer games throughout the U.K. over the weekend.
All the musicians involved in the recording donated their time for free. Proceeds raised from the single will benefit charities that support the families of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy and their legal battle to reopen an inquest into the cause of the tragedy. Ninety-six people were crushed to death and hundreds more were injured at a playoff game between soccer teams from Liverpool and Sheffield when fans poured into overcrowded stands at the stadium.
More information about the single and the initiative are available at the project's official Facebook page.
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