Bookies make Hillsborough cover featuring Paul McCartney the current favourite for the festive top spot
The official Hillsborough charity single ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ featuring Paul McCartney is the bookies’ favourite to become this year’s Christmas Number One.
William Hill have given the track, which also features Robbie Williams, Shane Macgowan, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C and Paloma Faith, 1/7 odds on making the top spot with current Official Singles Chart Number One James Arthur second favourite on 9/2, reports Sky News. You can watch the official video for the Justice Collective’s track by scrolling down below.
Other musicians who feature in the video include Jon McClure, Dave McCabe of The Zutons, Ren Harvieu, John Power, Paul Heaton, Holly Johnson, Rebecca Ferguson and Eliza Doolittle. The charity single will raise funds for the 96 Liverpool football fans who died in a crush at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield during the FA Cup semi final in 1989.
Songwriter Guy Chambers has produced the track and previously spoke about his motivation for recording the song. “I am deeply honoured to be asked to produce this record for the 96,” he said. “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.” The song, originally a number three hit for The Hollies in 1969, got to Number One when it was re-released in 1988.