The Harry Chapin Tribute Concert was held on what would have be Harry's 45th birthday on December 7, 1987 at Carnegie Hall in honor of Harry being awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.
This concert was filmed for television show produced for PBS and was first broadcast in the 1991, generally as a draw for fundraising for local stations.
A Harry Chapin Tribute was released in 1990 featuring many of the performances from the concert. Pat Benatar's version of "Shooting Star" was included on her 1999 CD release, Synchronistic Wanderings.
Cartoonist Gary Trudeau also produced a poster for this benefit concert.
- New York Times - December 2, 1987 - The Pop Life
- Newsday article - December 11, 1987 - "In true Chapin fashion, the concert went longer than an Oscar telecast."