1972 Heads & Tales

Harry Chapin

Like many, I have fond memories of Harry. When I was in high school our favorite pizza place, Honeys in Niagara Falls NY, had Taxi in on the jukebox as a 45 (that dates me) with Empty on the flip side. I played both often. In my freshman year at SUNY Geneseo I saw him live for the first time in a small stage where the power of his voice blew my mind. It was like being in his living room. I remember his guitarist Ron Palmer and his short bawdy songs. Harry invited everyone backstage afterwards.
I saw Harry several more times - at Artpark in my hometown of Lewiston, NY; Melody Fair in Buffalo where he spent time signing anything (I bought his book of poems and a T-shirt) and talking with me as if he remembered me from before; and finally at Geneseo after my graduation.
I even saw Tom Chapin in concert in Florida.

Harry, you are missed

Chapin Links

Looking and Seeing - PoetryHarry was much more than a songwriter
Movie maker: 1968 Legendary Champions Documentary had Oascar nomination.
Cotton Patch Gospel filmed stage play
Poetry: Looking ...Seeing by Harry Chapin and Rob White (Paperback - 1975)

Broadway: musical "The Night that Made America Famous" two Tony nominations and ran for 2 months with 75 performances.

Born Dec. 7 1942 - Harry Chapin (songwriter, singer: Recipient of Special Congressional Gold Medal: Worldwide Humanitarian for the Hungry, Needy and Homeless; killed in auto accident July 16, 1981)

Harry's Gravestone

Folk singer HARRY CHAPIN died in a bizarre 1981 accident on New York's Long Island Expressway. Chapin had turned on his emergency flashers and was slowing and changing lanes when his car was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer rig. Sparks from the collision set Chapin's car on fire. According to the New York Times obituary, the truck driver "cut Mr. Chapin from his seatbelt and dragged him from the flaming wreckage," but Chapin was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Further examination showed that Chapin had suffered a fatal heart attack -- though whether the heart attack led to the accident or vice-versa was never determined.


1972 Sniper & Other Love Stories
1973 Short Stories
1974 Verities and Balderdash
1975 Portrait Gallery
1976 Greatest Stories Live
1976 On the Road to Kingdom Come
1977 Dance Band on the Titanic
1978 Living Room Suite
1979 Legend of the Lost and Found
1980 Sequel
1985 Anthology
1987 Remember When the Music
1988 Last Protest Singer ChapinMusic.com
Introducing Harry Chapin 1989 Tribute 1966 Chapin Brothers Story of a Life Box Set
1988 Gold Medel Collection Behind the Music 2005 Rhino's Hi 5
1998 Bottom Line Encore Greatest Hits-The Essentials The Essentials
Yopu Are the Only Song

PBS Remember When DVD

the Final Concert
Book of Chapin Rock Palast Cotton Patch Gospel

Revised 7/20/11 Marmotweb Productions