Hillsborough charity single by Bobby Elliott

The remaking of ‘He Ain’t Heavy’ for The Hillsborough 96 - By Bobby Elliott

Tuesday the 30th of October, 2012, was an exciting day. I was up at 5.30am to get the early train down to London. Eventually I met up with Tony Hicks and our manager, Jimmy Smith at Metropolis Studios in Chiswick.

Dylan, the brother of producer Guy Chambers, was on hand to lead us into the control room, to be welcomed by chef,  Heston Blomenthal, Kenny Dalgleish, Alan Hansen, Peter Reid and John Bishop who then went into the studio to ‘sing’ along with the track. 

Poloma Faith and others had performed various bits of ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ earlier. I was told that Robbie Williams was due to add his voice a couple of days later.

The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, everyone was taking part and giving their support to the people of Liverpool by helping to raise as much money as possible for their fighting fund then hopefully there will be justice and peace of mind for the families of The Hillsborough 96.

I was disappointed to hear that Oasis drummer, Chris Sharrock, had played drums on the track, flatteringly copying my original drum part as time was short. It needed the Bobby Elliott touch I felt… but then I would…


Guy told Tony and I that later in the week, the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a big gospel choir would be added to give the production a dramatic finale.

Then we were out and about in the building chatting to various film crews and TV presenters, including the delightful Claire Ashforth, from ITV’s Granada News, my local TV station up North.

It was a good day, as long as TH and I don’t end up on the cutting room floor!

BE

The Hollies' Bobby Elliott and Tony Hicks with Neil Fitzmaurice (background)

The Hollies re-recording their classic He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Pictures by Peter Hooton

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