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Harry Chapin

Biography

Folk vocalist and author of tracks like “Taxi cab” and “Blossoms are Crimson.” His music “Cat’s in the Cradle” was a #1 strike. He visited Cornell College or university, but never completed his level. He helped generate the Presidential Percentage on World Food cravings in 1977. He was wedded to Sandy Chapin on November 26, 1968 plus they had two kids together. He liked performing and philanthropy, very much like Dolores Wish.

Quick Facts


Full Name Harry Chapin
Date Of Birth December 7, 1942
Died July 16, 1981, Interstate 495, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Brooklyn, NY
Profession Folk Singer
Education United States Air Force Academy, Cornell University, Brooklyn Technical High School, Cat's in the Cradle, Taxi, W*O*L*D
Nationality American
Spouse Sandra Chapin
Children Jen Chapin, Joshua Chapin, Cat's in the Cradle, Taxi, W*O*L*D
Parents Jim Chapin, Jeanne Elspeth, Cat's in the Cradle, Taxi, W*O*L*D
Siblings Tom Chapin, Steve Chapin, Cat's in the Cradle, Taxi, W*O*L*D
Awards Congressional Gold Medal, Grammy Hall of Fame, Cat's in the Cradle, Taxi, W*O*L*D
Nominations Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Cat's in the Cradle, Taxi, W*O*L*D
Movies Legendary Champions, Harry Chapin: Rockpalast Live
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1 Is interred in Huntington Rural Cemetery in Huntington, Long Island, New York. The epitaph on his tombstone is a bit of verse from his song, "I Wonder What Would Happen to This World" which reads: "Oh if a man tried To take his time on Earth And prove before he died What one man's life could be worth I wonder what would happen to this world" The tombstone faces the state of Connecticut where he last resided.
2 His maternal grandfather was the prominent American philosopher, poet and literary critic Kenneth Burke.
3 Grandson of James Chapin.
4 Uncle of Lily Chapin and Abigail Chapin.
5 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 140-142. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
6 Posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 1987.
7 His father's name was Jim Chapin.
8 Father of Joshua and Jen Chapin.
9 During his life, Harry supported 82 charities and 33 organizations focused on ending world hunger
10 Brother of Tom Chapin, Steve Chapin, and James Chapin, who served on the board of World Hunger Year from its founding through 2001.
11 Gave over 300 concerts a year with half being benefits for various causes, most prominently, The World Hunger Year, dedicated to ending world hunger.
12 Was the childhood sweetheart of actress Mary Woronov


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rude(Ish) Tube 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1991 - 2013 performer - 2 episodes, 1991 - 2013
Last Vegas 2013 performer: "Cat's In The Cradle" / writer: "Cat's In The Cradle"
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game performer: "Cat's in the Cradle" / writer: "Cat's in the Cradle" - as Harry F. Chapin
Modern Family TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Robot Chicken 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Office TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
How I Met Your Mother 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 1 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Shrek the Third 2007 writer: "Cat's in the Cradle"
'Til Death TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Saturday Night Live TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2002 - 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2006
Scrubs 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
That '70s Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mr. Jealousy 1997 performer: "Cat's in the Cradle" / writer: "Cat's in the Cradle"
Tribute to Harry Chapin 1991 TV Special documentary writer: "Circle", "Sandy", "Cats in the Cradle", "W.O.L.D.", "Six String Orchestra", "Remember When the Music", "Tangled Up Puppet", "One Light in a Dark Valley", "Shooting Star", "Last Stand", "Circle reprise"
Get a Life 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Harry Chapin: The Final Concert 1981 Documentary performer: "Story of a Life", "Shooting Star", "Taxi", "Mr. Tanner", "W*O*L*D", "Better Place to Be", "Cats in the Cradle", "Flowers are Red", "Dreams Go By", "Mail Order Annie", "30,000 Pounds of Bananas", "Sequel", "You Are the Only Song", "Circle" / writer: "Story of a Life", "Shooting Star", "Taxi", "Mr. Tanner", "W*O*L*D", "Better Place to Be", "Flowers are Red", "Dreams Go By", "Mail Order Annie", "30,000 Pounds of Bananas", "Sequel", "You Are the Only Song", "Circle"
De Mike Burstyn show 1981 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dinah! 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1975 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Circle 1972 writer: "Circles"
Blue Water, White Death 1971 Documentary writer: "Someone Keeps Calling My Name"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mother and Daughter: The Loving War 1980 TV Movie Lillie's ex-husband
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1972-1973 TV Series Musical Guest

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cotton Patch Gospel 1988
Cutting Loose 1980
There's a Lotta Lonely People Tonight 1975 TV Movie
The N.S.V.I.P.'s 1973 TV Movie

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legendary Champions 1968 Documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legendary Champions 1968 Documentary writer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Make a Wish 1971 TV Series composer: additional music - 1970

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Duel in the Wind: In Defense of America's Cup 1970 TV Movie documentary co-producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Harry Chapin: The Final Concert 1981 Documentary Himself
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 1981 TV Series Himself
Rock Concert 1975-1978 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1972-1978 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
The Merv Griffin Show 1978 TV Series Himself
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Himself
Rockpalast 1977 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Second Annual Rock Music Awards 1976 TV Special Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1973-1975 TV Series Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Singer / Songwriter / ...
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards 1975 TV Special Himself
Soundstage 1974 TV Series Himself
Good Night America 1974 TV Series Himself
The 15th Annual Grammy Awards 1973 TV Special Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1972 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1972 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: 60s & 70s Slow Songs 2015 TV Movie Himself
20 to 1 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Harry Chapin: Remember When 2005 Video Himself
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Tribute to Harry Chapin 1991 TV Special documentary Himself

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#Quote
1 The credo of my life is very simply, when in doubt, do something. The errors I make are going to be errors of commission, not omission.
2 There's enough food to feed everyone on this planet twice over, why, why, why are people going hungry?
3 Yes we can. Yes we can dream. Yes we can believe. Yes we can compete. If a brave new America is one where we can't dream, I'm very worried.
4 I'd rather make a mistake than do nothing.
5 I hold on to the blissful notion that the journey is worthwhile, and I tip toe 'cross the chasm with a song and a smile.
6 This nation is looking for a vision. We had Manifest Destiny. We built the railroads, industry, won two World Wars. We're looking for something grand and good to do. I don't have much hope of it happening but feeding the world could be that thing.
7 Feeding hungry people is important in the short run, but in the long run you've got to realize that powerful forces are creating those hungry people. Those people don't just choose to starve. Our job is to look at those forces and deal with them.
8 The very reason we ask, why world hunger? tells you why we have a hunger problem. There are three necessities of life: water, air and food. It's not a luxury. It's not a cause like cystic fibrosis, cancer, heart disease. You haven't got the option to get those things if you don't have the three necessities.
9 Given this short opportunity we call life, it seems to me that the only sensible way--even if you have pessimistic thoughts about the 99 percent possibility that things are going wrong--is to operate on the one percent chance that our lives mean something.
10 Most celebrity stuff is gestureville. I call it event psychosis. The bottom line is that the serious changes that happen are part of a long-range process. You have to commit to that, even though it's nice to have those moments of punctuation that are events.
11 I've got nothing against selling out, but just let me do it for something that matters. Not so I can be Number One With a Bullet, as it were, but so I can leave this world feeling like I made a difference.


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