Mr. Tanner is a Harry Chapin song released on Short Stories. Mr. Tanner was based on a New York Times review of a performance by Martin Tubridy (note: the name is often misspelled Turbidy). There were actually two reviews published in the New York Times, the first on March 28, 1971 and the second on February 17, 1972.
Mr. Tanner became a concert staple with John Wallace singing the part of Mr. Tanner. At solo concerts, Harry would often bring audience members on the stage to sing Big John's part solo.
- Short Stories (1973)
- Gold Medal Collection (1988)
- Story of a Life (1999)
- A Better Place to Be: The Songs of Harry Chapin (2002)
- Harry Chapin Classics (2003)
Various artist anthologies
- The Singers and Songwriters Collection (1973-1975) (1991) - Time-Life (CD)
- In 1984, this song is by Anne Kerry, George Ball and the company on the Lies and Legends cast recording.
- In 1994, Canada's Sons of Maxwell covered Mr. Tanner on their Bold Frontier.
- In 1996, Australian David Campbell covered Mr. Tanner on his Yesterday is Now. In 2008, it was re-released on his First and Foremost release.
- In 2006, Steve Chapin and "Big John" Wallace perform the song live on the The Chapin Family album Harry Chapin: A Celebration in Song: Volume I.
|Tom Chapin and Timothy Breese||Robin Eve at Wild About Harry Concert 2009|
- "Tubridy Makes Song Debut" (PDF). New York Times. March 28, 1971. Retrieved 2011-03-13 .
- Hughes, Allen (February 17, 1972). "Tubridy, a Bass-Baritone, Performs in 2d Recital Here" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-13 .
- SongFacts.com - Article about this song
- Hitting All The Right Notes: An Interview With Big John Wallace - Circle! Winter 2004
- New York Times - February 17, 1972 - "Tubridy, a Bass-Baritone, Performs in 2d Recital Here" ($)