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The History of He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

A poignant ballad written by two Bobs

Boy kissing a younger boy’s head in a field surrounded by flowers
Photo by Kat Smith. Pexels licence.

In the late 1960s, songwriters Bobby Scott and Bob Russell wrote their only collaboration, the ballad “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.”

The song became a worldwide hit for the English rock group, The Hollies, in late 1969. It was also a hit for Neil Diamond the following year. However, the first…

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Nichola Scurry

Nichola Scurry

Australian living in Barcelona, writing mostly about popular culture with a twist of quirky. If you like my writing, I like coffee. ko-fi.com/nicscurry