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This site is dedicated to the memory of Harry Chapin. There are approximately 752 pages in this wiki.


Breaking news

A new Harry Chapin biography has been written but is currently in limbo. In the summer of 2012 the publisher attempted to fund the publishing through Kickstarter, but did not receive required minimum commitments. Stay tuned for more information. Check out the Kickstarter efforts A few pages of the book can be seen here also.

On this day

  • 2002 - ChapinFest 2002 and 17th Annual Benefit for World Folk Music Association (WFMA) and World Hunger Year at the Birkmere in Alexandria, VA. Two musical performances Friday & Saturday, feature a variety of nationally known folk acts in the first act. The second act consisted of the extended Chapin Family. A CD was release by the WFMA with featured performances from the event. Chapin Family and Friends in attendance included Tom Chapin, Steve Chapin, Jen Chapin, Michael Mark, Jon Cobert, and Abigail Chapin.

Coming soon

  • August 19 - The Chapin Family perform the annual "Chapin Family Concert By The Sea at Ovens Natural Park. the announced performers include Tom Chapin, Steve Chapin, Jen Chapin, Abigail Chapin, Lily Chapin, Jessica Craven, and Jonathan Chapin.[1]
  • December 15 - The Chapin Family performs 'A Chapin Family Christmas' featuring Tom Chapin, Steve Chapin, Jen Chapin, The Chapin Sisters (Abigail Chapin, Lily Chapin, Jessica Craven) with John Wallace, Howard Fields, Jonathan Chapin, Clark Wallace, Stephan Crump, Jamie Fox.[2]

Upcoming productions of Cotton Patch Gospel available at Dramatic Publishing, the licensing agent for the play.

Recent news and events

In 2011 Harry's song Cat's in the Cradle was selected for inclusion in Grammy Hall of Fame.[3]. Also in 2011, Rolling Stone readers selected Cat's in the Cradle as the second best song about dads.

Why does the Harry Chapin Wiki exist?

In 1999, Marty Acks started a Harry Chapin fan website. By 2008 the website was in need of updating. A wiki style update was chosen to simplify editing, provide built in searching, and for overall modernization of the website. Being a wiki, this web site now allow others to share what they know of Harry Chapin, his body of work, and the people and organizations he touched.

While Wikipedia is a great resource for information about famous people such as Harry, it also has notability guidelines. Much of the information in this website would not pass he notability test appropriate to a general purpose on-line encyclopedia, however it would be welcome here. Therefore, this wiki exists.


Contributions to the website are welcome and encouraged. This site uses the same software as wikipedia (mediawiki), so if you have updated wikipedia the process should be the same. If you have ideas for content but would prefer not to enter it yourself feel free to e-mail me directly. Trivia is encouraged, mind your manners, respect copyrights, and be reasonably Chapin related.


Should you have any questions feel free to contact me at martyacks at


  1. "Upcoming Appearances" The Chapin Family website. Retrieved 2012-01-07  
  2. "Upcoming Appearances" The Chapin Family website. Retrieved 2012-01-07  
  3. The Recording Academy (December 7, 2010). "The Recording Academy Announces 2011 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees". Press release. Retrieved 2010-12-07 . 
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