Sir Paul McCartney confirmed to appear on Hillsborough charity single

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It has been confirmed that Paul McCartney will appear on the Hillsborough charity single when it is released later this year.

The single, a cover of The Hollies' 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', will be released in time for the race for Christmas Number One and is tipped to beat the X Factor winner's single to the top spot. McCartney joins a cast which already includes Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Mel C, X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Holly Johnson and The Clash guitarist Mick Jones

The charity single will raise finds 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 charity single and previously spoke about his hope that Sir Paul McCartney may get involved with the track at some point down the line. "I am deeply honoured to be asked to produce this record for the 96," Chambers told BBC News. "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 added: "I'm very happy with the artists we have already," said Chambers, "but obviously I know Sir Paul McCartney was mentioned so if he did join our happy little band of talent then that would be amazing."

'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' is released on December 17.

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