Harry ChapinHarry Chapin
- July 16
) was an American singer and songwriter
. He originally intended on being a documentary film
-maker, and directed Legendary Champions
, then decided to focus on music in 1971
. With John Wallace, Tim Scott and Ron Palmer, Chapin started playing in various local clubs in New York City
Chapin's debut album was Heads and Tails (1972), which was a success thanks to the single "Taxi". The follow-up, Sniper and Other Love Songs, was less successful but his third, Short Stories, was a massive success. Verities and Balderdash, released soon after, was even more successful, bolstered by the single "Cat's in the Cradle".
In the mid 1970s, Chapin focused on his social activism, including raising over $5 million to combat hunger in the United States, before returning to music with On the Road to Kingdom Come.. He also released a book of Poetry, Looking...Seeing in 1977.
Harry Chapin died on July 16, 1981 in a car accident and was interred in the Huntington Rural Cemetery, Huntington, New York.
For his campaigning for social issues, in particular his highlighting of hunger around the world and in the US, including being widely recognised as being the key player in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977, Chapin was posthumusly awarded the Special Congressional Gold Medal in 1987.
- Chapin Music (1966, Rock-Land Records)
- Heads and Tales (1972, Elektra)
- Sniper and Other Love Songs (1972, Elektra)
- Short Stories (1973, Elektra)
- Verities & Balderdash (1974, Elektra)
- Portrait Gallery (1975, Elektra)
- Greatest Stories Live (Double Album, 1976, Elektra)
- On the Road to Kingdom Come (1976, Elektra)
- Dance Band on the Titanic (Double Album, 1977, Elektra)
- Living Room Suite (1978, Elektra)
- Legends of the Lost and Found (Double Album, 1979, Elektra)
- Sequel (1980, Boardwalk Records)
- Anthology of Harry Chapin (1985, Elektra)
- Remember When the Music (1987, Dunhill Compact Disc Classics)
- The Gold Medal Collection (1988, Elektra)
- The Last Protest Singer (1988, Dunhill Compact Disc Classics)
- The Bottom Line Encore Collection (1998, Bottom Lane)
- Story of a Life (1999, Elektra)