Harry Chapin


Harry Chapin Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Ralph Nader and Mark Green submitted a letter to the editor of Times Magazine, it was about Harry Chapin and how they felt about him.

    • The release of Harry's album On the Road to Kingdom Come, symbolized his return to focusing on music, because before this he was focusing on social activism.

    • I Wanna Learn a Love Song. by Harry Chapin is about how he meet his wife and their romance.

    • Cats in the Cradle was originally perfromed by Harry Chapin but soon it was sung by Ugly Kid Joe in 1992. Ricky Skaggs in 1995. It was even recorded by Canadian diva Sarah MacLachlan.

    • Harry wanted to become a documentary film maker, and in 1968 directed Legendary Champions (which wa snominated for an award). Althought in 1971 he decided to focus more on music than anything else.

    • Harry was buried in Huntington, New York, in the Huntington Rural Cemetery

    • Both of Harry's brothers were also talented musicians (Tom, and Steve Chapin). Also his daughter Jen Chapin, and two of his nieces. He came from a artistic family.

    • Harry was struck by a Supermarkets General Truck. Although it was his fault, the owner of the truck paid Harry's widow 12 million dollars.

    • Harry died in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway.

    • Harry Chapin's epitaph was taken from his song I Wonder What Would Happen to this World.

    • Harry has a Memorial Butterfly Garden dedicated to him. It is called The Harry Chapin Memorial Butterfly Garden and is located in front of the Heckscher Museum in Huntington.

    • It was stated by Harry one time that his songs come from his heart and is clearly written in one of his most popular songs named Mr. Tanner. The verse lyric is "He sang from his heart and he dang from his soul. He did not know how well he sang it just made him whole." The reason he felt this way was because he thought of himself as a third rate singer.

    • Harry directed and wrote the movie Legendary Champions (1968)

    • Harry wrote the songs for the TV series Make a Wish (1970) and the songs were performed by Harry's brother Tom.

    • Harry wrote the soundtrack for She Lives (1973).

    • Harry wrote the theme song to the movie Ball Four (1976).

    • Harry wrote the original score the movie Cutting Loose (1980).

    • Harry appeared in the movie Mother and Daughter: The Loving War (1980) as himself.

    • Harry believed that world hunger, one of the largest issues that we face was one that could be eliminated in his lifetime. Though his lifetime was tragically cut short, his tireless pursuit of that goal was obvious. The Harry Chapin Foundation exists to help concerned, private citizens get involved.

    • A biography written by Peter Coan was released after Harry death. It is titled Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story.

    • Harry was posthumously given the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in 1987 for his campaigning and work on social issues especially his work on hunger.

    • Harry played many of his concerts with the intention of donating his proceeds to World Hunger.

    • On August 29, 2005 a group of musicians got together to pay tribute to Harry at the Lakeside Theatre.

    • Cotton Patch Gospel performed at the Provision Theater was continued due to its tremendous success. The score to this production of the reverential retelling of the Gospels of Matthew and John was written by Harry.

    • During his life, Harry supported 82 charities and 33 organizations focused on ending world hunger.

    • Harry did over 200 concerts a year with half being benefits for various causes, most prominently, The World Hunger Year, dedicated to ending world hunger.

  • Quotes

    • Harry: 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.

    • Harry: When in doubt do something.

    • Harry: She knows more of love than the poets can say,And her eyes offer something that won't go away

    • Harry: I am a greedy, selfish bastard. I want the fact that I existed to mean something.

    • Harry: Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people.

    • Harry: The reason nobody else in my business has any impact is because they're all comatose.

    • Harry: 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.