The road is long
With a many a winding turn
That leads us to to, knows where, who knows where
But I'm strong ,strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy He's my brother................The Hollies
The story I heard was that one of the Hollies , Gene Clarke ???, saw this young English girl, about 15,
carrying her disabled younger brother about the streets in a city in England.
They stopped and asked her , doesn't he get heavy after a while and she replied,
In a english accent if you would ," He ain't heavy, he's my brother
The song just blows me away when I hear it.
Gene Clark wasn't in The Hollies and he certainly didn't write that song , neither did anyone else in The Hollies .
Neil Diamond was first to record it. He didn't write it either.........
"He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother" is a popular music ballad written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell. The earliest recording of the song was made by Neil Diamond for his 1970 album, Tap Root Manuscript. The Hollies, however, released their version in September 1969, about a year before Diamond's version was released as a single.
It was Allan Clarke who was in the Hollies and I believe he recorded a version of Born To Run before Bruce did but I stand to be corrected on this! He also did a version of the rare Bruce song If I Were The Priest.
Gene ,of course, was in The Byrds and then went on to record some great solo albums too!
Nope, you're right, Brendan.. The Hollies did record BTR, before Bruce got round to it, but it wasn't released til after Springsteen's.
They covered a lot of Bruce. Their version of Sandy ( 4th of July, Asbury Park), being about the best, me thinks.
I adore the song " Bus Stop" by The Hollies. One of my fav songs ever!
There's not many songs i could play over and over for about 3 hours but Dave's take on California Snow is one of them , an absolute classic.
And it's on one of the greatest album's i've ever heard.
Agreed - on both counts!