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Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin's career as a popular singer/songwriter was cut short by an auto accident in 1981, yet he left behind a series of recordings that his fans continue to treasure decades after his death. Chapin was never a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter. Critics accused him of over-sentimentalizing his subjects and attaching heavy-handed morals to his socially aware story-songs; the heavily orchestrated arrangements that accompanied many of his songs didn't help his case with the critics, either. Nevertheless, Chapin earned a devoted audience during the '70s, through his music and his charity work as a social activist.

Chapin began performing while he was in high school, singing in the Brooklyn Heights Boys' Choir and forming a band with his brothers Tom and Stephen. During college, he decided to pursue a career as a documentary filmmaker; in 1968, he directed the Oscar-nominated Legendary Champions. In 1971, he switched his career, concentrating on music. Chapin recruited a backing band through an ad in the Village Voice; the respondents included bassist John Wallace, guitarist Ron Palmer, and cellist Tim Scott. The group began performing in various clubs around New York and the singer/songwriter was soon signed to Elektra Records.

Heads and Tails, Chapin's first album, was released in the summer of 1972 and became a success thanks to the hit single "Taxi," which soon became the songwriter's signature tune. Later that year, he released his second album, Sniper and Other Love Songs, which didn't fare quite as well as his debut. Short Stories, Chapin's third album, appeared in the spring of 1973; it spent 23 weeks on the chart due to the success of the single "W.O.L.D.," a story about the life of a disc jockey. After recording his fourth album, Verities and Balderdash, Chapin disbanded his backing band and began work on his musical The Night That Made America Famous; both Wallace and cellist Michael Masters worked on the show, along with guitarist Doug Walker, drummer Howie Fields, and Chapin's brothers Tom, Steve, and Jim. While he was working on the musical, Verities and Balderdash became his biggest hit, peaking at number four on the U.S. charts and becoming a gold record. The album's success was benefited by the number-one single "Cat's in the Cradle," a song about an inconsiderate, career-oriented father that was based on a poem written by Chapin's wife.

The Night That Made America Famous opened on February 26, 1975. It closed on April 6, after 75 performances; the show would earn two Tony nominations. Chapin won an Emmy award that spring for his contributions to ABC television's children's series Make a Wish, which was hosted by his brother Tom. That spring, the singer/songwriter co-founded World Hunger Year, a charity designed to raise money to fight international famine; the organization earned over $350,000 in its first year. In the fall of 1975, Chapin delivered Portrait Gallery, his follow-up to Verities and Balderdash. While the album performed respectably, peaking at number 53, it failed to recapture the mass audience of his previous album.

Greatest Stories -- Live, a double album released in the spring of 1976, became the singer/songwriter's second gold album, peaking at number 48. Chapin was becoming more politically active throughout 1976, as evidenced by his role as a delegate at that summer's Democratic Convention. Late in 1976, he released On the Road to Kingdom Come, which spent a mere six weeks on the charts. The 1977 double-album Dance Band on the Titanic was on the charts for a few more weeks, yet it didn't spawn a hit single. The following year, Chapin met with President Jimmy Carter, discussing the need for a Presidential Commission on Hunger; he also released Living Room Suite that summer, which peaked at number 133.

Chapin released a second live album, Legends of the Lost and Found -- New Greatest Stories Live, in the fall of 1979; it was his least-successful album, spending only three weeks on the charts. In 1980, he signed with Boardwalk Records, releasing Sequel that fall; the title track of the album was a sequel to his first hit single, "Taxi," and became his last Top 40 hit.

On July 16, 1981, Chapin was driving to a business meeting on the Long Island Expressway near Jericho, NY, when his car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The accident caused his gas tank to explode, killing the singer/songwriter in the process. A memorial fund was established in his name following his death, with Elektra Records providing the initial donation of 10,000 dollars. Over the years, the fund has raised an estimated $5 million, which has gone to a variety of social causes that were close to Chapin's heart. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Story Of A Life (Box Set)

Disc 1

1. Taxi

2. Someone Keeps Calling My Name

3. Could You Put Your Light On, Please

4. Empty

5. Greyhound

6. Any Old Kind Of Day

7. Sunday Morning Sunshine

8. Sniper

9. Better Place To Be

10. They Call Her Easy

11. Mr. Tanner

12. Mail Order Annie

13. W*O*L*D

14. Old College Avenue

15. Circle

Disc 2

1. Short Stories

2. Cat's In The Cradle

3. I Wanna Learn A Love Song

5. Shooting Star

6. What Made America Famous?

7. Vacancy

8. Dreams Go By

9. Tangled Up Puppet

10. The Rock

11. She Is Always Seventeen

12. The Mayor Of Candor Lied

13. Caroline

14. Laugh Man

Disc 3

1. Corey's Coming

2. If My Mary Were Here

3. Dance Band On The Titanic

4. Mismatch

5. I Wonder What Happened To Him

6. Dancin' Boy

8. Poor Damned Fool

9. Jenny

10. I Wonder What Would Happen To This World

12. Remember When The Music (Reprise)

14. Story Of A Life

15. November Rains

16. Sequel

17. Last Stand

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Track List: Verities & Balderdash

1. Cat's In The Cradle

2. I Wanna Learn A Love Song

3. Shooting Star

4. 30,000 Pounds of Bananas

5. She Sings Songs Without Words

6. What Made America Famous?

7. Vacancy

8. Halfway to Heaven

9. Six String Orchestra

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I remember hearing TAXI on the radio in 1972 , not long after hearing Don Mcleans America Pie 2 songs I'll always remember and I'm 66. Can't remember what I had for lunch but I can remember the words to those 2 songs Thanks Pandora
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Met Harry when I was on the road in Racine, Wisconsin. He really missed his family when he traveled. Kind man. I have an album he signed. Means a lot to me.
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Harry is home. In "that" I am, grace won the helmet. Homer.
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I loved Harry the moment I heard him at Rutgers, he expressed the things we had in our hearts. I have all his albums and can't pick a favorite. Harry's songs will live on forever. So will his morality.
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Saw him on last tour when he hit Purdue. It was my lesson to do things when yo have the chance, because there may never be a second. Love Taxi...
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i cried when he died and still crave his music i will never forget you Harry such a good man gone much too soon...

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Whenever I want to listen to some music that touches my soul I turn to Harry Chapin's classics. Wonder what those critics were listening to. God bless you Harry.
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Don't agree with the comments on this page regarding his 'bio'. ..was never a critically acclaimed singer/songw r i t e r . Critics accused him of over-sentime n t a l i z i n g his subjects ... Rubbish Pandora. Harry wrote some great songs that hit the spot with so many people!
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Don't agree with the comments on this page regarding his 'bio'. ..was never a critically acclaimed singer/songw r i t e r . Critics accused him of over-sentime n t a l i z i n g his subjects ... Rubbish Pandora,
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NO CROSBY, STILLS,YOUNG EVER!
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Saw Harry the day Thurman Munson died on August 2, 1979 in Toledo Ohio. He was to perform back in Toledo in July 1981 right before his car accident. On August 2 he had a tribute to Thurman on a couple of his songs. So memorable, I cried and 79 and again and 81 Rest in peace Harry and Thurman, I love you both!
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All my life is a circle hits home
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"His critics said his songs had a too heavy moral stance in his songs"? (Paraphrase)
I think it's a good thing ,look @ our country Now! Full if FOOLS ! Liberals have a mental disorder, we need to do away with them! Yes! Do away!
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My favorite! So meaningful!
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dukeofham
Still one of my all-time favorite writers and singers. His songs/storie s are just as fresh as the first time I heard them, over 40 yrs ago.
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loissroka
CHAPIN, BETTER PLACE.
FIRST time I heard this from other than C&W music/ Really like!
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After 40 years, his music is still timeless.
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Timeless classics.
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Ignore the disrespectfu l first paragraph of the above bio. See the Greenwich Village doc on Netflix, which shows the impact he had on social causes and reveals his personal commitment. Musically, Taxi is a mini-epic, a mini-opera. Brilliant to my now adult ears.
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W*O*L*D?, isn't that where Dr. Johnny Fever washed up after saying one of George Carlin's Words You Can't Say On TV?
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Great singer, I love his music. Gone too soon.
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this reminds me of my dad cuz he was always out of town.
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ckerrigan59
Sometimes you have all you ever need and never know
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ckerrigan59
Saw harry many yrs ago in new haven, forever!!!
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Saw Harry.
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my favorite song to karaoke to !!! and its real close to home as well !!! I LOVE YOU DAD !!!
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I can listen to Greatest Stories - Live over and over and never get enough of absolutely everything about his writing ability, his connection with his audience and the stories themselves. There are few artists that I rate as highly as Harry Chapin and this album.
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jay3437
I continue to play his songs and marvel at the stories and the emotion he invested in them.. I saw him in Atlanta when it only cost $3 to attend his performance .Probably the best $3 I ever spent in my life.

Jay
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Loving his music for ever,always wonder what's else he could had brought to life as a caring and creative persona that it was.
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wfmurphy49
Loved his music. Still miss his lyrics.
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Loved him forever
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I had tickets to see him at the Garden State Art Center the week he passed. Still have them
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Big Big loss
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miss him
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I will never stop loving all his songs...
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cjsebes
What makes this song so brilliant is that the last two choruses reverse the point of view and change from When you coming home, Dad? to When you coming home, Son? Ugly Kid Joe completely botched this song when they covered it in 1992 by repeating the same chorus throughout the entire song. That was the point I lost any respect for Ugly Kid Joe.
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I love the meaning in many of Harry Chapins songs. I just love to listen to his music when alone because you can really take in the words and the meaning. Found his music in the early 80's and been listening ever since. Funny how you can feel so devastated by the death of someone you never knew.
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Harry Chaplins death is sad.Shows you that tomorrow's not promised to no one,Live Life!!
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sooo sad. dad spend time with your kid!!!!!! :(
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I cant stop crying at cats cradle
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craig.baker2 9 3 5
Loved so many of his songs....Bet t e r Place to be means a lot for many reasons...I too had often thouight about Cats in the Cradle when deciding what to do family-wise when my kids were little...his music still impacts us.
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Died inside with his passing
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Such great messages & music with meanings... He has touched many��
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It's a shame Harry was one of those artist that didn't really get the recognition he deserved until he died.
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grymreaper96
Sad song:(
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I'm going to be like you dad. A very sweet song. Rest in peace Harry
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geraghtydan
Just on the way out the door for his concert in Eisenhower Park.... when my brother delivered the sad news by phone... the world stopped turning that day as I was crushed by the proverbial 30,000 lbs of bananas. The world is at a loss without you Harry. Thank you Sandy for sharing him with us. Huntington H.S. was never so proud.
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Reminds me of my youngest son Jonathan Lee Sharp.....mi s s my son!
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cats in the cradle, our priest played this at church on fathers day it was powerful
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Harry, keep the change!. Strong
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