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Harry Chapin

Singer
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Net worth 2018: $1.6 Million
Industry: Singers
Residence: Brooklyn, New York City
Country: United States
BirthDay: 7 December 1942
Sigh: Capricorn
Died On: July 16, 1981
Education: Cornell University, Brooklyn Technical High School, United States Air Force Academy
BIOGRAPHY

Harry Chapin was bornon 7 December 1942 in Brooklyn, New York City, American, is Singer. Harry Chapin was an American singer-songwriter famous for his folk rock songs like ‘Taxi’, ’W*O*L*D’, and ‘Sniper’. A highly talented and popular singer, he gained much fame for his self-described ''story song'', a narrative form that borrowed heavily from older talking blues primarily dealing with themes related to lost opportunities, cruel ironies and life's hypocrisies. Born as one of the sons of Jim Chapin, a legendary percussionist, Harry was exposed to music at an early age. He played the trumpet as a child and soon switched over to the guitar. He performed with his brothers as a teenager and also played music occasionally with his father who had divorced his mother when Harry was young. He graduated from the Brooklyn Technical High School and studied at Cornell University before embarking on a career as a documentary filmmaker. He soon switched gear and ventured into a musical career and found success with his debut album ’Heads & Tales’. He soon gained a reputation as a classy folk rock singer and also became known for his work on Broadway productions. Along with being a singer par excellence, he was also a committed humanitarian who fought to end world hunger. The life of this amazing human being was cut short by a fatal accident which claimed him at the age of 38.

TIMELINE
1981

His album ‘Sequel’ released in 1981 was the last complete album released during Harry's lifetime

1978

In 1978, he released the album ‘Living Room Suite’ which had the songs ‘It Seems You Only Love Me When It Rains’, ‘Why Do Little Girls’, ‘Flowers Are Red’, and ‘Somebody Said’

1975

The song was nominated for the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

1974

His folk rock song ‘Cat's in the Cradle’ topped the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1974

1973

Over the ensuing years he released ‘Short Stories’ (1973), ‘Verities & Balderdash’ (1974), ‘Portrait Gallery’ (1975), and ‘Greatest Stories Live’ (1976)

1972

The title song ‘Sequel’ reports further events in the lives of Harry and Sue, the characters in his 1972 hit song ‘Taxi’

1971

In 1971, he began playing music in various nightclubs with John Wallace, Tim Scott and Ron Palmer

1970

During the 1970s he also began working on Broadway productions

1968

He directed ‘Legendary Champions’ in 1968, which was nominated for a documentary Academy Award

1966

Harry Chapin met Sandy Cashmore (née Gaston), a New York socialite, in 1966

1960

He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1960 and briefly attended the United States Air Force Academy

1942

Harry Forster Chapin was born on December 7, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York City, United States, to Jeanne Elspeth (née Burke) and Jim Chapin, a well-known percussionist

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