He Ain't Heavy...
...he's my brother
He Ain't Heavy was composed by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell. It was released by the Hollies in 1969, reaching No.3 in the charts. It was the only song that the writers produced, as Bob Russell was unfortunatley dying of cancer at the time when the two first met.
The original Hollies recording featured Elton John, still called Reg, he played piano on it and was paid £12.
The title may originate from 'Boys Town', in Nebraska. Boys town is now a national charity founded by Father Flanagan (10 years before our choir) to care for and educate boys who had been abused, abandoned or neglected. A film of the same name starred Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. The Oscar for the film was given to the charity 'Boys Town'.
At the entrance to boys town is a statue of one boy being carried by another. Its called 'He ain't heavy, Father, he's m' brother.' The phrase is now the motto of Boys (and Girls) Town.