Harry Chapin

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About Harry Chapin

Singer-songwriter Harry Chapin was an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker before turning his focus to music in the late ’60s. ∙ Chapin’s first two Top 40 hits, 1972’s “Taxi”—about a night in the life of a cab driver—and 1973’s DJ tale “W.O.L.D.,” established his reputation as a master of the narrative song. ∙ Verities & Balderdash, released in 1974, was the highest-charting album of his career and featured the hits “Cat’s in the Cradle” and “I Wanna Learn a Love Song.” ∙ “Cat’s in the Cradle,” about a turbulent relationship between a father and son, became his signature song and was his sole No. 1 hit. ∙ He wrote and starred in the 1975 musical The Night That Made America Famous, which was nominated for two Tony Awards. ∙ Six years after his death in a car accident, 3,400 radio stations around the US honored his memory by simultaneously playing his song “Remember When the Music.” ∙ One of the most politically active artists of the ’70s, he helped create the Presidential Commission on World Hunger and received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in 1986.

New York, NY, United States
December 7, 1942
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