He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
The Hollies

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to
Who knows where
Who knows where

But I`m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain`t heavy, he`s my brother

- Elton John on piano -

1970
7
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970
  • peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles chart in 1969
  • from the album He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (1969)
  • Hollies’ guitarist Tony Hicks came across the song at a London music publisher as he was listening to demos
  • the first recording of the song was by Kelly Gordon from an album tilted Defunked
  • on the record:
         Alan Clarke - lead vocals, harmonica
         Tony Hicks - guitar
         Terry Sylvester - guitar
         Bernie Calvert - bass guitar
         Bobby Elliott - drums
         Elton John (Reginald Dwight) - piano
  • written by Bob Russell (lyrics), Bobby Scott (music); the title came from the motto for Boys Town, a community in Omaha, Nebraska formed in 1917 by a Catholic priest named Father Edward Flanagan
  • produced by Ron Richards
  • recorded June 25, 1969 at Abbey Road Studios, London
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