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Harry Forster Chapin ([[December 7]], [[1942]] – [[July 16]], [[1981]]) was a American folk singer, playwright, known for his story songs. Later in his life he focused his energy on the philanthropic efforts with a special focus on world hunger with creation of [[World Hunger Year]]. He also performed benefit concerts for hundreds of other organizations during his career. Towards the end of his career, half his concerts were benefits.   
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'''''Harry Forster Chapin'''''' ([[December 7]], [[1942]] – [[July 16]], [[1981]]) was a American folk singer, playwright, known for his story songs. Later in his life he focused his energy on the philanthropic efforts with a special focus on world hunger with creation of [[World Hunger Year]]. He also performed benefit concerts for hundreds of other organizations during his career. Towards the end of his career, half his concerts were benefits.   
  
 
==Family==
 
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Revision as of 16:32, 28 March 2010

Harry Forster Chapin' (December 7, 1942July 16, 1981) was a American folk singer, playwright, known for his story songs. Later in his life he focused his energy on the philanthropic efforts with a special focus on world hunger with creation of World Hunger Year. He also performed benefit concerts for hundreds of other organizations during his career. Towards the end of his career, half his concerts were benefits.

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Family

Harry was the second oldest of four brothers: Jim, Tom, and Steve of jazz drummer James Forbes Chapin and Elspeth (Burke) Chapin. . Harry also had other stepbrothers and stepsisters. Harry married Sandy Gaston on November 28, 1968. Harry and Sandy had two children: Josh and Jen. Harry's stepchildren from Sandy's first marriage were Jaime, Jonothon, and Jason.

Harry passed away on July 16, 1981. He died in an automobile accident with a semi-truck on the Long Island Expressway (LIE) in Long Island, New York. The official cause of death was listed as heart attack. He is buried in the Huntington Rural Cemetery in Huntington, Long Island, New York. Harry was on the way to perform another another charitable concert when he was killed.

Extended Chapin Family

Many members of the extended Chapin Family lead or have lead public lives in the arts.

Band

  • Tom Chapin (occasional performances) - guitar, background vocals

Body of Work

For many artists this section might called the Discography. As Harry's works spanned not only music, for which has was best known, his credits also include directing/writing documentaries, soundtracks, music scores, soundtracks to movies and TV shows, writing and producing musicals.

Albums

Year Album Category Label Format(s) Additional information
1966 Chapin Music! Studio Rock-Land Records LP As part of The Chapin Brothers
1972 Heads and Tales Studio Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,reel,CD
1972 Sniper and Other Love Songs Studio Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,reel,CD Released on CD in 2002
1973 Short Stories Studio Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,CD
1974 Verities and Balderdash Studio Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,reel,CD
1975 Portrait Gallery Studio Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,CD
1976 Greatest Stories Live Live Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,CD 2LPs, Live (with some studio tracks)
1976 On the Road to Kingdom Come Studio Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,CD
1977 Dance Band on the Titanic Studio Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,CD 2 LPs
1978 Living Room Suite Studio Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,CD
1979 Legends of the Lost and Found Live Elektra LP,8-track,cassette,CD
1980 Sequel Studio Boardwalk LP,8-track,cassette,CD
1982 Cotton Patch Gospel Cast album Chapin Productions Cassette, LP
1983 Lies and Legends Cast album Titanic Productions LP 2 LPs
1985 Anthology of Harry Chapin Compilation Elektra LP,cassette
1987 Remember When the Music Rerelease DCC Compact Classics CD Rerelease of Sequel
1988 The Last Protest Singer Studio DCC Compact Classics CD,LP
1988 The Gold Medal Collection Compilation Elektra CD 2 CD collection, with some interview clips
1990 Tribute Cast Relativity CD,LP cassette From 1987 concert
1998 Bottom Line Encore Collection Live Bottom Line CD,cassette 2 CD collection
1999 Storyteller Rerelease BOA CD Rerelease of Sequel
1999 Story of a Life Compilation Rhino CD 3 CD Box collection with Book
2000 Onwards and Upwards Specialty Chapin Productions CD Limited Release
2001 VH1: Behind the Music Compilation Elektra/Rhino CD
2002 The Essentials: Harry Chapin Compilation Elektra/WEA CD, cassette
2002 The Last Protest Singer Rerelease Harry Chapin Music CD
2002 Songwriter Specialty Chapin Productions CD
2002 Better Place to Be Compilation Warner Brothers CD Limited release of 5000 copies
2003 Harry Chapin Classics Compilation Warner Special Products CD 3 CD collection
2006 Heads and Tales and Sniper and Other Love Songs Rerelease Elektra CD With 6 bonus tracks
2006 Introducing Harry Chapin Compilation Rhino CD UK release
2008 Cats in the Cradle and Other Hits Compilation WEA/Rhino CD

Singles

Year Songs Label Format(s) Country Additional information
1972 Taxi Elektra EK-45770 Vinyl 7" US Promo white label
1972 Taxi / Empty Elektra Vinyl 7" US
1972 Taxi / Empty Elektra K 12044 Vinyl 7" UK White Label
1972 Sunday Morning Sunshine Elektra EK-45811 Vinyl 7" US
1972 Better Place to Be Elektra E-45327 Vinyl 7" US Promo - white Label
1972 Better Place to Be Elektra E-45327 Vinyl 7" Canada Promo - White Label
1972 Could You Put Your Light On, Please Sam 8 Vinyl 7" UK Promo for UK concert. With songs from Mickey Newberry and Plainsong. Song shortened to fit on the record
1974 Cat's in the Cradle / Vacancy Elektra E-45203 Vinyl 7" US Blue Green Caterpillar label
1974 I Wanna Learn a Love Song / She Sings Songs Without Words Elektra E-45236 Vinyl 7" US Blue Green Caterpillar label
1974 I Wanna Learn a Love Song Elektra E-45236 Vinyl 7" US Promo White label
1974 W*O*L*D / Short Stories Elektra E-45874 Vinyl 7" US Blue Green Caterpillar label
1975 Tangled Up Puppet Elektra E-45258 Vinyl 7" US Promo White Label
1975 I Wanna Learn a Love Song / She Sings Songs Without Words Elektra ELK 12173 Vinyl 7" German WEA orange/green watercolor with Harry pointing
1975 Dreams Go By / Stop Singing These Sad Songs Elektra 12191 Vinyl 7" France Picture Sleeve
1975 What Made America Famous Elektra EK-45893 Vinyl 7" US Promo - White Label
1975 Dreams Go By / Stop Singing These Sad Songs Elektra E 45264 Vinyl 7" Canada Blue Green Caterpillar label
1976 Corey's Coming / If My Mary Were Here Elektra E-45203 Vinyl 7" US Promo - White Label
1977 Dance Band on the Titanic (song) Elektra E-45426 Vinyl 7" US Promo - White Label
1977 My Old Lady Elektra E-45455 Vinyl 7" US Promo - White Label
1978 Flowers are Red / Jenny Elektra E-45524 Vinyl 7" Canada Blue Green Caterpillar label
1978 If You Want to Feel Elektra E-45497 Vinyl 7" US Promo White Sleeve
1980 Remember When the Music / Northwest 222 Epic EPC A1168 Vinyl 7" US Blue Epic Sleeve
1980 Remember When the Music WS8 5705 Vinyl 7" US Promo white label
1980 Sequel / I Finally Found It, Sandy WS8 5700 Vinyl 7" US Boardwalk
1980 Sequel / I Finally Found It, Sandy FWS1 Vinyl 7" US Sleeve with artwork of a Taxi
1981 Story of a Life NB7 11-119 Vinyl 7" US
1982 I Don't Want to Be President ZS-45-Promo-1 Vinyl 7" US Red Level
1993 Cat's in the Cradle WEA CD Germany live and studio versions
1987 Remember When the Music / I Miss America CD 3" US
1989 Cat's in the Cradle / What Made America Famous 9 4-45067 cassette US
undated Country Dreams Warner Chapell CD US
1970s Cat's in the Cradle Four Track Stereo Vinyl 7" EP Thailand 4 tracks including Angie Baby (Helen Reddy) on the cover, Laughter in Rain (Neil Sedaka), Hold On (Sister Jane Mead)
1970s Cat's in the Cradle Four Track Stereo FT-175 Vinyl 7" EP Thailand 4 tracks including Paul McCartney and Elvis Presley
unk Dirt Gets Under the Fingernails Elektra K12194 Vinyl 7" UK
unk Taxi / W*O*L*D Elektra E-45066 Vinyl 7" US Spun Gold
unk Cat's in the Cradle / What Made America Famous Elektra E-45067 Vinyl 7" US Spun Gold

Covers

Including The Chapin Family and cast recordings over 50 Harry Chapin written songs have been covered by other artists.

Various artist anthologies

Cat's in the Cradle has been included in over 50 anthologies. The following songs have also been included in anthologies:

Soundtracks

Song Year Title Label Format(s) Additional information
Cat's in the Cradle 1998 Mr. Jealousy CD
2007 Shrek the 3rd CD

Musicals

Year Title Role Additional information
1975 The Night That Made America Famous Composer, performer
1975 The Zinger Composer
1982 Cotton Patch Gospel Composer
Lies and Legends Composer

Radio Recordings

These releases were planned for radio broadcasts and were generally distributed to radio stations (before the advent of the Internet).

Year Album Category Format(s) Additional information
1990 Merry Christmas from Merv Griffin Radio show LP from the Merv Griffin Show

Music Books

Year Book Publisher Additional information
1972 Heads and Tales Story Songs, Ltd./Warner Bros. 104 pp.
1974 Verities and Balderdash Warner Bros. 80 pp.
1975 Portrait Gallery Warner Bros. 72 pp.
1976 Greatest Stories Live Warner Bros. 88 pp.
1978 Living Room Suite Warner Bros. 63 pp.
1978 The Music of Harry Chapin Made Easy for Guitar Warner Bros. 48 pp.
1987 Harry Chapin: A Legacy in Song Cherry Lane Music/Hal Leonard 180 pp.
1988 The Authentic Guitar Style of Harry Chapin Cherry Lane Music 55 pp.
1989 Harry Chapin Tribute Cherry Lane Music/Hal Leonard 104 pp.
2000 Harry Chapin Guitar Anthology Series Warner Bros. 66 pp.

Sheet Music

Year Song Publisher Additional information
1972 Circle Hal Leonard Music For a full marching band. The cover features a majorette with baton.
1972 Sunday Morning Sunshine Warner Brothers. 8 pp. Orange with picture from Heads and Tales album.
1972 Taxi Story Songs, Ltd./Cherry Lane Music 14 pp.
1973 I Wanna Learn a Love Song 6 pp. Red Cover
1974 Cat's in the Cradle Warner Brothers 8 pp. Reddish brown cover.
1974 W*O*L*D Story Songs 8 pp. Blue Cover. Early picture of Harry with the under the chin beard.
1975 Circles Warner Brothers For Mary Travers cover of Circle (note the song is known as Circles)
1975 Tangled Up Puppet Blue cover
unk Cat's in the Cradle Ugly Kid Joe version

Sheet Music - Compilations

Year Song Title Publisher Additional information
1998 W*O*L*D The Folk-Rock Guitar Collection Hal Leonard. 111 pp. ISBN:0793581257.
2007 Cat's in the Cradle Shrek the Third 84 pp. ISBN: 160378005X
unk Circle The Bottom Line Presents
unk Cat's in the Cradle / Taxi Unplugged Guitar Book Xtreme Warner Brothers 360 pp.
unk Cat's in the Cradle Billboards Number One Hits of the Seventies Song Book Creative Concepts Publishing 65 songs and 46 artist commentaries
unk Cat's in the Cradle Now and Forever Creative Concepts Publishing

TV and movie credits

Year Title Credit/Role Label Format(s) Additional information
1968 Legendary Champions Writer and director CBS/HBO Video VHS Two separate releases with slight different lengths, credited as Harry F. Chapin
1971 Blue Water, White Death Composer (uncredited) DVD Harry's brother Tom sings an early version of Someone Keeps Calling My Name
1973 She Lives! Composer TV movie not released on video
1980s Cotton Patch Gospel Composer, Lyrics VHS, DVD
1987 The Final Concert/You Are the Only Song Musician 1980 concert VHS, DVD, Laserdisc
1987 Mother and Daughter: The Loving War Composer, Actor Charter Communications VHS
1995 Book of Chapin Musician Rhino VHS, DVD Also released on DVD later under a different name.
2002 Rockpalast Live - 25th Anniversary Musician Pioneer DVD From April 12, 1977 concert in Germany
2005 Remember When: The Anthology Archival Footage MPI Media DVD From PBS show

Video Compilations

Song(s) Year Title Label Format(s) Additional information
unknown unk The Midnight Special DVD From 1973 performance

Books

Year Title Credit/Role Label Format(s) Additional information
1975 Looking...Seeing Author PB Book of Poetry and Song Lyrics
1987 Taxi Biography of Trade PB The family withdrew support for this project after Harry's death

Tribute Artists

Various artists perform Harry Chapin tribute concerts that feature the songs of Harry Chapin. In the spirit of Chapin's activism, these concerts are often benefits for a hunger-related charity. These artist include:

Tribute Songs

A number of songs have been written about Harry.

Philanthropic Organizations

Harry either founded these organizations or there is direct link to the charity and Harry.

Other Harry Chapin Websites

External links

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